Two strong teams are at the crossroad as the season moves toward its business end. Puneri Paltan has done everything it could have to emerge as one of the contenders while the defending champions took some time to consolidate after a disastrous mid-season. Dabang Delhi fell for a trap after their first 5 matches.
They lost 6 consecutive matches mid-season and took them another 7 games to compensate for the damages. They are currently 6th in the points table and struggling to qualify for the next round. They have just 2 more games post this one and their fans will sincerely hope that their team somehow squeezes into the eliminators.
The Paltan is on course for the next round, though they got a timely thrashing at the hands of the Gujarat Fortune Giants in their last match. They were conned into submission as they lost the match by 12 points. But they will take this loss in their stride as a timely lesson. Puneri Paltan has a great record over Dabang as they beat them convincingly earlier in the season. But the Paltan needs to be careful as this time Dabang is fighting for survival and can be too hot to handle.
Welcome to another entertainer as Dabang Delhi fight for survival. The defending champions are at a critical position in the points table where they are being challenged by teams like the Thalaiva and U Mumba who may nudge them to move ahead to the next round. Hence Dabang needs to win this match at any cost.
The Paltan will be ready for them as they got a rude shock in their last match against the Fortune Giants. Raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat will score effortlessly as the Paltan may surprise Dabang by introducing raider Askash very early. Defenders Fazel and Sombir will target Vijay Malik apart from slowing down Naveen Kumar.
Defenders Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda will play an important role in this match against the Puneri raiders. But the Delhi defenders may not be able to stop Aslam and Mohit Goyat. Naveen Kumar will play sidekick to Vijay Kumar as Dabang Delhi will find it difficult to match the Puneri intensity in the second half. But this street brawl may turn up some surprising results.
Dabang Delhi will win.
Dabang Delhi K.C. and Puneri Paltan have faced each other in 19 games. Dabang Delhi K.C. have won 8 matches while Puneri Paltan have 10 wins to their name. One game ended in a tie.
Naveen Kumar (C), Vishal, Ravi Kumar, Vijay Malik, Ashu Malik, Amit Hooda and Sandeep Dhull.
Fazel Atrachali (C), Pankaj Mohite, Abinesh Nadarajan, Sanket Sawant, Akash Shinde, Aslam Inamdar, and Sombir.