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The struggle continues as Haryana Steelers take on Puneri Paltan.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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Two teams struggling to find rhythm will clash in the league as the fight for the top 6 is getting difficult with every match. Haryana Steelers have blossomed once in a while only to lose steam and give up easily especially in the second half. Puneri Paltan have shown the enthusiasm but they could never deliver the knock-out punch.
Haryana Steelers are placed 9th after 10 games with 21 points. They have won 3 games while they have been able to Tie 2 more.
Puneri Paltan have won 4 games out of their 10 matches but they still find themselves at the 10th spot. Haryana lost a close encounter with Dabang Delhi, a match they should have won, while the Puneri Paltan lost to UP Yodha after leading the game in the first half.
This will be a contest between teams which lose their steam in the second half. Both teams have talented players but they have not been able to perform in difficult situation.
With a long season ahead, both teams can overcome mental blocks and start winning games as that is the only way to make it to the play off.
This will be a face-off between the raiders of both teams, Vikash Kandola, Meetu vs Aslam Inamdar, Mohit Goyat.
When you check the statistics for the Steelers, you find that they have 2 of their defenders in the top 10 of the season. Jaideep and Surender Nada have been phenomenal in their tackles with a combined 55 successful tackles between them.
They have scored 4 High 5’s between them and their lethal moves hunts down any raider coming in their zone. Then why do the Steelers find themselves in the 9th position in the points table? This is very surprising but true. As a team, the Steelers have some exciting players but they have not been able to combine their forces consistently.
Vikash Kandola and Meetu have earned 136 raid points in 10 games.
The Steelers have earned 308 points in 10 games while they have conceded 367 points.
They have conceded the second highest all outs- 15 while inflicting only 10.
These lapses have cost them crucial games even though individual have performed consistently.
They have a wonderful chance to rake in some points against the struggling Puneri Paltan.
The Steelers may have good defenders and raiders but they have not been able to keep a tab on their expenses. This has been their major drawback.
Another major concern for the Steelers is that they are not able to maintain the intensity throughout the match. They are very innovative and swift in the first half but run out of ideas in the second as the opposition crushes them easily. This happened against the Dabang Delhi team in their last match as well as the match they tied with the UP Yodha.
Coach Rakesh Kumar will have to inject fuel and inspiration among his wards as mere talent is not enough in this rough world, they have to finish the game and play deep.
Puneri Paltan has been grappling with multiple issues right from the beginning of the season. First it was the fitness issue with Nitin Tomar, then the form of star Rahul Chaudhari, then veteran defender Vishal Bharadwaj being out of form.
Fortunately they were able to overcome Rahul Chaudhary and with the return of Nitin Tomar there was hope, but the Paltan is not able to win matches.
With the rise of young raiders like Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat, they have a good raiding force, but just like the Steelers they are unable to deliver the knockout punch.
Currently lodged in the 10th position in the points table, the only way ahead for Puneri Paltan is to win matches.
They inflicted a massive defeat of 19 points over the strong U Mumba side only to slide down in the next match to lose to UP Yodha in a high scoring game.
They were leading till the first half against UP Yodha and then the lost the steam in the second half.
This is their major concern.
But there are some positives-
Paltan has executed 11 Super Tackles as well as inflicted 13 all outs.
Young guns Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat clocked 29 raids points together against the UP Yodha.
Its high time that the Paltan starts contributing together as a team. If young raiders can earn points for them consistently, the onus is on the defence to tackle every attack of the opposition and motivate the Paltan to achieve something extraordinary.
Making predictions for this match is like playing with fire. Both the teams have similar issues and both need a boost to win matches. If Haryana Steelers have Vikash and Meetu as their top raiders, Paltan has Aslam and Mohit Goyat. The Steelers have one of the best defence of the season, but the Puneri Paltan has the experience of Nitin Tomar.
The Puneri Paltan lost to UP Yodha in a high scoring game, this shows that they can earn raid points at a quick pace. The Steelers have been able to vary the pace of play efficiently as they exhibited against the Gujarat Fortune Giants, UP Yodha and Dabang Delhi.
This will be a very unique encounter as the Paltan will try to rush through their raids while the Steelers would like to slow down.
This will be an epic clash between the Haryana defence and the young guns of the Paltan.
But in the end, the Steelers have a slight advantage with their raiders performing well and their defence in decent form. But you never know what may happen in this beautiful game of Kabbadi.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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