The scheduling of this western derby is traditional. As the season moves towards the playoff, both these teams clash to add spice to the equation. But unfortunately both teams are more or less out of the race for the eliminators. Yet the rivalry will be clearly visible on the mat. This year the Gujarat Fortune Giants disappointed everybody.
They are currently placed 11th in the points table as they could win only 7 out of the 19 matches that they have played. The Fortune Giants never took off even though they discovered young star Prateek Desai. The defense let them down as well as the lack of bench strength. Even coach Ram Mehar Singh could not induce any inspiration in this team.
On the other hand, U Mumba were slow to take off but looked invincible mid-season. Such was their terror that their opponents could not match the Mumba intensity. They moved in the top 4 of the points table at one point in the season. But soon they lost their effervescence as U Mumba have lost 4 out of their last 5 matches. Currently placed 9th in the points table, Mumba has a very rare chance to make it to the eliminators
Entertainment will be the only virtue as U Mumba takes on the Gujarat Fortune Giants in the last western derby of the season. Both teams are out of the race for the playoff. U Mumba looks rusty and fatigued as they have lost consecutive matches while the Fortune Giants have won consecutive matches with renewed vigor.
U Mumba will hope that their defense doesn’t crumble in this match. Captain Surender is back as he will trap the Gujarat raiders along with Rinku and left corner Mohit. Raiders Ghuman, Ashish, and Jai Bhawan will earn but none of them will score a Super 10.
Gujarat Fortune Giants will unleash raiders Prateek Dahiya and Mahendra Singh Rajput. They will take a big lead by half-time and may also inflict an all-out on U Mumba. Defenders Sourav Gulia and Arkam Shaikh will be lethal and left corner Narwal will be particularly aggressive in the second half. Gujarat will score heavily and win this Western derby.
Gujarat Fortune Giants will win
Gujarat Giants and U Mumba have faced each other in 11 matches in Pro Kabaddi. Out of these 11 games, Gujarat Giants have won 6 whereas U Mumba have come out victorious on 4 occasions. 1 match ended with tied.
Ashish, Guman Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Surinder Singh, Rinku, Shivansh Thakur, Gholamabbas Korouki
Chandran Ranjit, Pardeep Kumar, Rakesh, Baldev Singh, Kapil, Arkam Shaikh, Shankar Bhimraj Gadai
The U Mumba vs Gujarat Giants Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 7:30 PM onwards on Sunday, December 4.