After a couple of narrow losses to start their campaign, the Haryana Steelers have won two out of their previous three matches and seem to be turning things around. Vikash Kandola is the lead raider for the Steelers and he has been quite consistent with his performances. The maverick in the group, Meetu, is the one that seems to be making the difference between winning and losing. There is no doubt about his talent but he is still finding his feet in the PKL and tends to make unforced errors.
If he does well, the Haryana Steelers seem to find another gear altogether.
Surender Nada continues to lead the defense admirably and we really like the manner in which he has been setting the tone on the mat. His performance in the previous match against the Gujarat Giants was terrific and definitely gives all other teams something to worry about.
Two ties and a win in its previous three matches is not a bad record at all but a team like U Mumba would have preferred to convert at least one of those ties into a victory. U Mumba has not been at its best in PKL 2021-22 and we think its fourth position in the standings is quite vulnerable. Abhishek Singh has not performed at the level that you would expect a top raider to be doing so. In fact, V Ajith has been far more impressive as the backup raider and is often pulling U Mumba out of trouble. This lack of firepower and consistency in the attack is going to hurt U Mumba, sooner rather than later.
The defense is also not its usual brilliant self. Fazel Atrachali could only score one point in the previous match and he has been struggling to make an impact for quite some time now. Rinku did manage to cover for the lack of his captain's performances but once again, there were more errors made than are acceptable.
The Haryana Steelers have more tackle points, more successful raids, and more total points scored than U Mumba at this stage of PKL 2021-22. Both teams have played the same number of matches.
We are betting on the Haryana Steelers to win this match. We think U Mumba's position in the PKL standings is a bi5 deceptive and that the team has not played very well. The Haryana Steelers have momentum on their side and could very well pull off an upset in this match. The odds make it worth a punt for sure.
Bet on the Haryana Steelers to win.