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U.P. Yoddha vs Gujarat Giants, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Tau Devilal indoor stadium, Panchkula

GUJARAT GIANTS won the match

Chance for Gujarat Giants to improve their ranking.

  • UP Yodha got thrashed by 37 points by the Pink Panthers in their last match.
  • Gujarat Giants blanked out the Bengaluru Bulls by 22 points.
  • Gujarat has already qualified for the next round.

Gujarat Giants will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Tau Devilal indoor stadium, Panchkula

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Currently placed 11th in the points table, the UP Yodha has been able to win just 4 out of their 20 matches. With their dream of making it to the next round shattered, the Yodha will be up against the Gujarat Giants. UP bore the brunt of an aggressive Pink Panthers in their last match as they got hammered by 37 points. This was their biggest loss in the history of PKL. The absence of Pardeep Narwal made it difficult for the Yodha to put up a fight. The Gujarat Giants blanked out the Bengaluru Bulls in their last match. Raider Prateek Dahiya scored 13 points while captain Fazel Attrachali scored a Hi 5. Gujarat inflicted 4 all-outs in the match thus helping them score a half century of points. 

Gujarat had defeated the Yodha by 8 points when they first met in the season. UP Yodha has been on a slippery track since then. If Pardeep Narwal is not available, the Yodha will find it difficult to survive against the Giants. Raider Gagana Gowda scored a Super 10 in the last match. Defender Hitesh earned a Hi 5 but none of the other team members could contribute substantially. With the play-off out of reach, the Yodha would be expected to put up a brave fight so that they could trouble the Gujarat Giants before the eliminators.

U.P. Yoddha Preview

The UP Yodha could not raise the bar in this season. They had one of the best combinations which could not deliver. With Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill, UP had one of the most formidable pairs in the tournament. With defenders like Sumit, Gurdeep and Nitesh Kumar, they had one of the best defensive formula. Even though individually all these players performed, but they could not deliver as a team. Just like season 9, Captain Pardeep Narwal has been decoded by most of the teams and he has to play second fiddle to raider Surinder Gill. Surinder earned 87 raid points in 10 matches but he was injured during one of the games. Surender was not available for the remaining matches and this was a big blow to the UP Yodha.  

UP are out of the race for the eliminators with just 4 victories in 20 matches. They have to complete the formalities in the season. UP will be up against the Gujarat Giants who defeated Bengaluru Bulls in their last match. UP Yodha got thrashed by the Jaipur Pink Panthers by 37 points. This was one of the worst defeats for the Yodha. Raider Gagana Gowda scored a Super 10 but he could not get much support from Mahipal and Gulveer. The UP defense was in shambles as defender Hitesh was their lone warriors. He scored 5 points but could not get much support from the other defenders. UP conceded 4 all-outs in the match which was the major reason for their thrashing. 

The Yodha had a success rate of about 44% in team tackles at the beginning of the season. This has gone down to about 37% which shows the decline in their defense.

They have conceded 783 points in 20 games apart from conceding 35 all-outs. This is just behind the Telegu Titans who have the worst record. UP needs to recover and recharge themselves quickly as they take on the Gujarat Giants. 

They will be up against the cunning Sultan Fazel Attrachali who will target their weak defense. With a tight defense UP Yodha needs the steady income from their raiders. This will be a test for the young raiders like Mahipal, Gagana Gowda and Gulveer Singh in their most important bout against the Gujarat Giants.

Gujarat Giants Preview

One of the most mercurial sides of the league, the Gujarat Giants have won 3 consecutive matches. Gujarat Giants have been adaptive and dynamic during the matches. But sometimes these tactics backfire. Young raider Sonu emerged as the find of the season. They also have used the services of veteran raider Rakesh and Prateek Dahiya. But all-rounder Rohit Gulia has given them an additional raiding option apart from his exploits in the defense.

Gujarat Giants have already qualified for the next round with 12 victories from 20 matches. If they can win their next 2 games, they could be in a position to stake claim at the top 2 position which will help them go past the eliminators. Gujarat thrashed the Bengaluru Bulls in their last match. Raider Prateek Dahiya was quick and agile as he earned 13 raid points. Captain Fazel chipped in with 6 tackle points. But the Giants inflicted 4 all-outs in the entire match which took the steam out of the Bulls. All-round D Balaji and right cover Dipak Singh added another 7 tackle points which helped the Giants win by a margin of 22 points. Captain Fazel Attrachali has brewed a unique flavor in the Gujarat Giants. He has been lethal apart from being an exceptional leader. Fazel has been supported impressively by defenders Sombir, Arkam Shaikh and Saurav Gulia. Overall the Gujarat defense has hunted effectively in most of their matches. Unfortunately, the Gujarat Giants get trapped in their own web. They are able to confuse their opponents on most occasions by varying the pace of the game. But in doing so they lose intensity at crucial moments. 

They will be up against the UP Yodha who seem to be having a mid-season crisis. Gujarat Giants have generally enjoyed a good record against the UP. Gujarat has won 6 out of their 10 encounters with 2 matches ending in a TIE. Most of their games against UP have been high scoring ones but this match could be different. This will be an entertaining face-off between Gujarat raiders and the weak UP defense.

Gujarat Giants do not have big names in their raiding department, yet they are able to surprise their opponents. Prateek Dahiya is their secret weapon as he has been used sparingly by the Giants. He scored 13 points in the last match and he will score another Super 10. The Gujarat defense looks impregnable with Fazel Attrachali and D Balaji in good form. Unfortunately defender Sombir was off the mat for a long time, but he will be back in action against the Yodha.

UP will find it very tough to negotiate the Giants. Young raiders Gulveer, Gagana Gowda and Mahipal will complement each other to earn enough. One of them will score a Super 10. The UP defense will be the weak link as they will leak points through the match. Only if defenders Sumit and Hitesh work their magic, they will be able to trouble the Gujarat Giants. Unfortunately, the Yodha will lose steam in the second half. They will also concede more than 2 all-outs in the match. This looks like one way traffic for the Gujarat Giants.  

Gujarat Giants will win.


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino