Mumbai host Delhi in Hockey India League
Mumbai, Feb 4 (IANS)
Following their first victory of the 2015 Hockey India League (HIL), that too on home turf, the motivated Delhi Waveriders are looking forward to give a challenge to Dabang Mumbai, who are yet to earn a win, at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here Thursday. The previous clash between the two proved to be fruitful for Delhi, who registered their first win in 2015 with a 3-1 score. Delhi clearly dominated the game and did not give the opponent forwards an opportunity to get the better of them. However, Mumbai, hosts this time will look to set the record straight.
Delhi captain Sardar Singh will be looking at coming back strongly following his one-match suspension and supporting Lloyd Norris-Jones, whose first goal against Mumbai in the last match opened up chances for Delhi.
Agile Akashdeep Singh will also look at sneaking in goals this time. With three goals to his credit, Akashdeep will be aiming at adding further more to his tally.
While Rupinder Pal Singh and Simon Child will have their job cut out by cashing on the penalty corners, all eyes will be on South African goalie Rassie Pieterse, whose brilliant saves in the last match helped Delhi come out the winner.
On the other hand, Mumbai will take this game as on opportunity to register their first win and rise in the standings. Coach Valentin Altenburg will hope that his team delivers their best.
What started as a promising team with two draws against table toppers Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Ranchi Rays, the team has a formidable line-up but has been unable to cash on their strengths till now.
Having just one goal to his name, Tom Boon will try and ensure that he keeps the opponent's defence busy. The young Chinglensana, who had stunned Punjab through his two brilliant field goals in their opening match, will look at repeating a similar feat.
Hopes will also be high from experienced Glenn Turner, who in the opponent's D gives moments of despair to the defence as everyone is aware of his strength to capitalise on opportunities.