Match Preview: Dabang Mumbai Vs Delhi Waveriders
In one of the pre-tournament interviews, Dabang Mumbai’s newly acquired midfielder Matthew Swann had proclaimed that this year Mumbai outfit are capable of springing few surprises in the tourney. His prediction has indeed turned out to be true – Dabang Mumbai have bowled everyone over with their gutsy performances, but those far and few surprise elements has not been good enough. Currently languishing at the bottom of the pool, the Dabangs are again staring down the barrel of an early exit unless they deliver the goods in their reverse fixture against Delhi Waveriders on Thursday.
Dabang need to get their act together
Dabang Mumbai have not been able to put up a complete show as they are yet to register a win. There isn’t an iota of doubt that the team has improved from last year, but it is far from being a complete package. Mumbai’s star forward Tom Boon, highest paid player of the league, hasn’t justified his price tag with a string of poor performances. In their last match, Waveriders beat them comprehensively in every department.
The forward line of Mumbai could not manufacture any clear cut chances and their solitary goal came from the veteran Arjun Halappa. The defence also looked equally suspicious and ponderous giving the rival’s attackline ample spaces and goal scoring opportunities.
Dabangs are running out of time and they ought to turn the table around sooner rather than later. Egged on by their home crowd, the Mumbai outfit have to pull out every trump cards in their sleeves and eke out a victory.
Delhi looking to catch speed
It hasn’t been a hunky dory ride for the reigning champions this year as they were unable to get a win until Dabang Mumbai met them in their backyard few days ago. Despite the suspension of their inspirational Captain Sardar Singh, the Cedric D’ Souza’s side lodged an emphatic 3-1 victory and had Mumbai in their pockets.
Delhi’s striker Akashdeep also came to his own and scored a fantastic goal. Its a good sign for the team as they were in dire need of some tonic upfront. With 10 points, the Waveriders are resting comfortably in middle of the points table, but they do know it is not sufficient for a team of their pedigree.
Rupinder Pal have been lethal in his drag flicks, but still looks wanting in his defensive duties. Delhi will need him to tidy up his work at the back.
Prediction: Delhi 3-2 Mumbai.