It has not been easy for teams to find success in their home leg this year. If U Mumba wins this match, it will become the first team this season to record a victory in back to back matches during the home leg. If there is any side that can set that record right then its U Mumba. They have won their last four matches and been dominant in all but one of them.
The reason behind the success of u Mumba has been the form of Siddharth Desai and Abhishek Singh. While Desai is breaking all sorts of records in his rookie year, Abhishek Singh should not be underestimated either.
He was the lead raider for U Mumba in the absence of Desai and come into this match with a Super 10 performance against the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Of course, it is not just about offense. Fazal Atrachali will play as important a role as any u Mumba player in trying to contain the Gujarat Fortunegiants offense. Fazal was a part of the Gujarat Fortunegiants last season and will be very well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the players he is about to go up against.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants will be full of confidence even though they are facing U Mumba in Mumbai. While the five wins they have recorded may not be as eye-catching as U Mumba’s, they have been built on a solid foundation that breeds consistency.
One of the reasons behind their consistency has been the form showed by Sachin this season of the PKL. He has scored 54 raid points in 7 games and has an excellent record against U Mumba as well. Sachin’s tussle with Fazal Atrachali is going to be fascinating to watch because the two know each other’s game very closely.
Sachin also has excellent support from Dong Geon Lee and the pair of them will keep the U Mumba defense on its toes.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants are also led by a strong defensive player in Sunil Kumar. He will have his hands full trying to stop the most potent attack of the league in this match.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants have never lost a match to U Mumba in PKL history. The two sides have met three times in the past and the result has gone in favor of the Gujarat Fortunegiants every single time. U Mumba, though, is an improved side with players that carry no baggage of the past. This historical record is going to be something to motivate the Gujarat Fortunegiants.
Recent form has been one of the biggest predictors of success in PKL 6 and there is nothing to choose between the two sides in that regard. They are both in excellent form. Home advantage and a superior attack should help u Mumba prevail. We recommend sticking with the home side in this match.
Back U Mumba to win.