Both these teams find themselves in the upper half of the points table and would be keen to hold on to their spots with a win from this encounter.
U Mumba suffered a close defeat against Bengal in their last game as their defenders had an off day. Sandeep Narwal picked just a solitary point whereas Surinder Singh failed to pick up a single point. Only Fazel stood up against Bengal’s rampant raiders but it wasn’t good enough to stop them.
The biggest takeaway for U Mumba was Arjun Deshwal’s exceptional effort. He picked up 15 points which included 5 well executed bonus points. Abhishek Singh hasn’t been upto the mark in the last couple of games and U Mumba would want to see their strike raider back in form soon. Rohit Baliyan and Athul MS have shown what they are capable of and must not be taken lightly.
U Mumba form guide (Last 5 games) : L W D W L
UP Yoddha won only three of their first 10 matches, but a couple of impressive performances have lifted the team to the 5th spot. The Yoddha are on a 5-match winning streak and will take to the mat with a very positive mindset against U Mumba.
In the last match, Shrikant Jadhav was once again the team’s highest scorer with 9 points and given that he has been the top performer in all of the Yoddha’s last five victories, he could be backed for a good showing again. Rishank Devadiga and Surender Gill produced another fine effort and assisted Jadhav really well.
Nitesh Kumar has been one of the Yoddha's best defenders for a while now and his partnership with left corner Sumit has worked well for this team. The cover players Ashu Singh and Amit have been decent but will need to step up to push UP further up in the points table.
UP Yoddha Form Guide (Last 5 games): W W W W W
Predicted Starting 7
U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, Arjun Deshwal, Rohit Baliyan, Surinder Singh, Athul MS, Fazel Atrachali (C), Sandeep Narwal.
UP Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Rishank Devadiga, Surender Gill, Sumit, Nitesh Kumar (C), Amit, Ashu Singh.
UP have been very impressive and their raiders have started to find their feet at the right time. U Mumba performed in bits and pieces in the last match and would believe that they have much more to offer.
U Mumba could be expected to bring UP's dream run to a halt.
Where and when to watch
Date: Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Start time: 7:30pm IST
Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda