Match Details: U Mumba v UP Yoddha 13th November, Tuesday, 21 :00 IST

DOME @NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai

Match overview:

Wounded by two losses in a row after the opening win at home, U Mumba will seek a revival in fortunes when they take on an unsettled UP Yoddha lineup in the first matchup between these two teams this season.

Desai, who has been on a good run, will be pitted against the in-form corner defenders Sachin Kumar and Nitesh Kumar, who will be key to piling more misery on the home team.
However, the Yoddha have their own miseries to address as their raiding unit has failed to fire in the last few games and will need to come forward and perform in order to test the U Mumba defence unit.

Form Guide (most recent to oldest): U Mumba: L L W W W (moderate form)

UP Yoddha: L D D L L (poor form)

Head to Head: Matches: 1 Won by U Mumba:1

Won by UP Yoddha: 0

ProbabIe Starting XI:

U Mumba

Team: Fazel Atrachali (Captain), Siddharth Desai, Rohit Baliyan, Vinod Kumar, Surender Singh, Hadi Tajik, Rohit Rana.

UP Yoddha

Team: Rishank Devadiga, Shrikant Jadhav, Bhanu Pratap Tomar, Nitesh Kumar, Jeeva Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Narender.


Fazel Atrachali has blown hot and cold in the last two encounters and will be hoping to lead his team with some vicious tackles against the Yoddha, who he does not enjoy much success against. Yet, such is the calibre of Fazel that the U Mumba skipper can be expected to make a statement, much like the left corner defender from UP, Sachin Kumar, who has contributed from the raiding front as well.

Nitesh Kumar will be the key man for UP and his battle against Desai will be an interesting matchup.


Vinod Kumar has earned a start on quite a few occasions but even when he has not, the all-rounder has made optimum use of the game time given to him and showcased some brilliance, especially in defence. UP's right cover Narender failed to score against the Bulls but will be a vital cog to keep the threat of Desai and Co. at bay.


Desai has regained his form post injury, and although he does not look his best, his ability to lure tackles from defenders and escape with ease makes him a prime addition to the team. For UR Jadhav's agility on the mat could hold the key and although he has not found himself amongst the points of late, the pacy raider will be the key to trouble the cover defenders.

Captain and vice-captain: Siddharth Desai and Fazel Atrachali.

Alternative: Siddharth Desai and Shrikant Jadhav.

Player to watch out for: Fazel Atrachali

The U Mumba skipper has not enjoyed himself against the Yoddha but with the likes of Surender and Rana coming in for support, Fazel’s fearless defending could fetch him a lot of points against the out-of-form UP Yoddha raiders.

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