Warriors to face Magicians today
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Jaypee Punjab Warriors will face Mumbai Magicians in HI League at Jalandhar
When Punjab Warriors will host Mumbai Magicians in their Hockey India league match today, it will not only see the clash between the two teams but also two former Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy trainees playing as opposition players. While Dharamvir Singh will be playing for the Warriors' side, Gagandeep Singh will be playing for the Magicians' side at the Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar.
While the Mumbai side has failed to win any of their four league encounters, Punjab Warriors have so far scored one win in the league.
"We were close to winning the game against Uttar Pradesh Wizards but the match ended in a 2-2 draw. The last match against Mumbai was a high scoring one and we expect this match also to be a high scoring one. Gagandeep is in the Mumbai side and we talked last evening. As a youngster, he is thrilled to be a part of the league and we both are looking forward to the clash," shared Dharamvir Singh, while speaking with Sportline .
The Warriors were leading in the last match against Wizards but some lapses in their defense cost them the draw. Coach Barry Dancer was of the view that the team will have a psychological advantage over Mumbai due to last win. "The last two games have been very satisfying and I am very pleased with the improvement shown by the team after every game. We are a different side now and a tough opponent to beat in this league. We won our last game against Mumbai Magicians in Mumbai and would, therefore, have the psychological advantage over them before Thursday's match," said Dancer.
On the other side, Mumbai will seek guidance from their captain Sandeep Singh, who scored a hat-trick against Delhi Waveriders in their last match. "We have devised some new strategies for this match and plan to implement them. The team has improved considerably from where we started off and we are prepared to play against the Punjab team. I am confident that the team will put up a good show against the home team" shared Sandeep.