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Gujarat Giants vs Patna Pirates, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

The Civil war on the mat- Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Patna Pirates.

  • Fortune Giants won consecutive games after recovering from Covid.
  • Pirates have lost 2 out of their last 5 games.
  • Pirates will have a tough time looting the Fortune Giants.

Patna Pirates will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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One of the finest rivalries of the league will be on display as resurgent Fortune Giants take on hot favourites Patna Pirates. Both had to take a brief break as their players were down with Covid. Both have had contrasting recoveries. Patna Pirates made a decent comeback but got hammered by the Pink Panthers while the Fortune Giants have suddenly found the winning mantra as they won consecutive games. First they beat the Haryana Steelers and then they ransacked the Bengal Warriors. This will be one of the spiciest games of the season as Patna Pirates will be planning to stabilize their position in the top 3 teams. Currently third in the points table Patna have earned 50 points from 14 games while the Fortune Giants are languishing at the 11th spot with 38 points. But the kind of resurgence they have shown in the last few games can be terrifying for other teams. Though the Fortune Giants have a tough path to the knock outs, their peaking in this phase of the league spells doom for others.

Gujarat Giants Preview

The Fortune Giants have been reckless and maverick this season. They stuck to their standard style and strategy and never took off. Then the team was struck by Covid and everyone thought they would be down and out. On their return to the mat, no one expected them to fight it out. But they surpassed all expectations to win consecutive games by beating the Haryana Steelers and Bengal Warriors. The major reason of this turn-around is the introduction of raider Pradeep Kumar. He has earned 24 points in the last 3 games and has become their back up raider. He is a character and his aggressive has rubbed on to the other teammates. 

Though the Fortune Giants are placed 11th in the points table, this resurgence can be dangerous for some teams as they are booking their berths for the knockout stage. The Fortune Giants have a trio of raiders - Ajay, Rakesh Narwal and Pardeep Kumar. Due to their increase in earning, the defence has got some breathing space. Left corner hawk Ravinder Pahal is back in the scheme of things, while Parvesh and Girish Ernak have improved their efficiency. 

The Fortune giants have executed 7 Super raids while inflicting 11 all-outs which is the lowest of the season. They need to improve on a lot of parameters but their grand comeback has give jitters to a few teams. Their rivalry with Patna Pirates is well known. The Fortune Giants will have to work out a plan to hunt down Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai. They lost to the Pirates by just 1 point in their last meeting and this is a perfect stage to avenge that defeat.

Patna Pirates Preview

The Pirates are one of the favourites to win the title this season. They have had a bumpy ride in 2022 as their team was struck with Covid. But post recovery, their journey has been even bumpier. They have lost 2 of their last 5 games and they seem to follow a sinusoidal pattern in their performance. They beat the Thalaiva, then lost to the Pink Panthers and then beat the UP Yodha. They are concerned with the fitness of star raider Monu Goyat who did not play in the last game. He was replaced by raider Ghuman Singh who did a good job. Sachin Tanwar will have to play a pivotal role as he leads the Pirates against this former teammates. 

The Pirates have won effortlessly when their raiders and defenders have worked in tandem. Left corner Mohammedreza and Neeraj Kumar have been phenomenal with their hunting while defender Sajin has executed some daring Super tackles.

The Pirates have executed 19 all-outs while conceding only 12 which is the lowest among all teams. 

They have earned 273 raid points in 14 games while conceding 451 team points. They have played a few games lesser than other teams and this will help them as they move closer to the knock-outs. 

They have executed 221 successful team raids while conducting 154 successful team tackles. They had a tough match with the Fortune Giants earlier in January which they won by just 1 points. They will be ready for another street brawl once again.

This is “Mission Impossible” for the Gujarat Fortune Giants as they take on the Pirates. This will be a rude and painful street fight for both the teams. The Pirates will expect Monu Goyat to be fit again so that he can play this crucial game. Raiders Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai will have to shoulder the responsibility of earning raid points quickly so that they can set panic among the Fortune Giants. It will be interesting to see how the Pirate defense tackles raider Pradeep Kumar who is known to be aggressive in his moves. This will also be a test of the Gujarat defense as they will need to avoid unforced errors.

This will be a contest of characters. This match will be nothing less than the Avengers Civil war as all the players will behave like Superheroes and use their magical skills to entertain their respective fans.

Patna Pirates will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino