U Mumba vs Haryana Steelers Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
Will U Mumba be able to overcome the Haryana hurdle?
The 108th fixture in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 will see U Mumbai locking horns with the Haryana Steelers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai.
When the two teams previously clashed earlier in the tournament, U Mumba emerged as the better team twice, winning the first clash by a slender margin of one point and the next one with a scoreline of 38-32.
U Mumba are coming into this encounter on the back of a win against the Tamil Thalaivas. The Haryana Steelers, on the other hand, will also be high on confidence given their last win which came with a big margin of 42-24 against Dabang Delhi.
The primary raiders of U Mumba, Kashiling Adake and Shrikanth Jadhav both had an off-colour game in their last match wherein they could not do the bulk of the scoring and hence one witnessed the skipper Anup Kumar stepping up in the attack and pick up 8 points. The former two will, however, have to buck up against the Haryana defence and go back to their old ways of rampant raiding to challenge the likes of Surender Nada and Mohit Chhillar. They will definitely have the talismanic Shabeer Bappu for support, who will look to penetrate the rival defence having played alongside Surender and Mohit at U Mumba in the past, thus having enough know-how of their style of play.
The defence of the Mumbai team looks quite formidable with Kuldeep and Surinder taking the centre stage, supported by the corners, Hadi Oshtorak and Joginder Narwal.
Haryana Steelers will largely feature an unchanged side from their last match, going for the raiding trio of Deepak Dahiya, Wazir Singh and Prashanth Rai unless Vikas Kandola is fit to take to the mat.
The Steelers' defence looks particularly strong, with players like Neeraj Kumar and Rakesh coming to the fore, overshadowing the lethal duo of Surender Nada and Mohit. Surender and Rakesh picked up a High-5 each in their last match and will look to be at their formidable best yet again to keep the Mumbai attack at bay.
U Mumba vs Haryana Steelers match prediction
Both teams look well-balanced and thus it can well be an encounter that goes down to the wire. U Mumba's attack will be the key differentiator, for if the raiders do manage to get past the formidable Haryana defence, they can go on to claim the all-important five points at stake.