HIL: UP Wizards aims to start on winning note against Mumbai

Uttar Pradesh’s campaign opener at the Mahindra stadium against Mumbai will see chief coch Roelant Oltmans from The Netherlands pitting wits against Jay Stacy from Australia, in charge of the home team.

The Dutchman, Roelant Oltmans is current Indian senior team's coach.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Uttar Pradesh Wizards will aim to start Coal India Hockey India League 2017 on a winning note in an away game against Dabang Mumbai on Tuesday. The visitors had lost the placings match for third position last season to Delhi Waveriders.

Uttar Pradesh’s campaign opener at the Mahindra stadium against Mumbai will see chief coch Roelant Oltmans from The Netherlands pitting wits against Jay Stacy from Australia, in charge of the home team. The Dutchman is current Indian senior team's coach. Drag flicker V. Raghunath, with hat-tricks in HIL to his credit, is the visitors’ man to watch.

Dabang Mumbai started off with a thrilling 3-3 draw against powerful Ranchi Rays in the opening tie at Mahindra stadium. Trailing by two goals till the last minute, the hosts constant attacks resulted in a penalty corner, which was slotted in via the indirect route for two goals and the draw.

Uttar Pradesh has two players, Argentina’s Gonzalo Pelliat and Belgium’s Arthur Van Doren, featuring in men’s hockey gold medal match at Rio Olympic Games. Argentina won the title 4-2, the former scored in the final.