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

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

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UP Yodha look forward to earn some Fortune off the Giants

  • Both teams got robbed of an easy win in their last encounter.
  • No 6 and No 7 in the points table take on each other.
  • It will be Pardeep Narwal versus the young defenders of Gujarat Fortune Giants.

UP Yodha will win by 1 or 2 points.

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

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Coach Manpreet Singh is to Gujarat Fortune Giants, what Pardeep Narwal is for the UP Yodha. This match is going to be a super entertainer.

Gujarat Fortune Giants got the taste of their own medicine against Dabang Delhi in the last match when they had to settle for a tie, after controlling 70 % of the game. Problem was in the corners, Hawk Ravinder Pahal in the right corner and Girish Ernak in the left. Both were ineffective, hence putting the load on the raiders. UP Yodha need to exploit this.

UP Yodha could not accelerate when needed against the Jaipur Pink Panthers, that was primarily due to Pardeep Narwal not being effective and spending most of the time off the mat. Pardeep could only get 3 raid points in their last match.

This is an encounter between a star raider who is out of rhythm and a sloppy defence with butter fingers. Gujarat Fortune Giants typically play on the do or die raid strategy, hence this may not be a high scoring game. If Pardeep Narwal is back in form, Fortune Giants may lose their treasure to the Yodha's.

U.P. Yoddha Preview

Yodha's have roped in the best of the best- Dubki king Pardeep Narwal this season. They hope to taste success with his tried and tested style of kabaddi. Pardeep Narwal has also proved time and again that he is a spicy raider, complicated to stop and highly consistent. But UP Yodha looked out of sorts when Pardeep was ineffective in his last encounter. Surender Gill was their star raider along with Shrikant Jadhav. But they need Pardeep to fire.

 Sahil, Rohit Tomar, Gulveer Singh along with Iranian Mohammad Taghi and Kenyan James Kamveti will have to be used more efficiently.

Their defense looks a bit weak with not many known faces. Also they do not have many all rounder's for different situations. They have been consistent over the years, but missing the X factor. Ashu Singh needs to start contributing in the defense along with captain Nitesh Kumar and Sumit.

They have a decent 43% successful raids record with a healthy 39% successful tackles.

Areas of improvement- Steal more bonus points, increase super tackles and inflict more all outs. They need to come up with plan B if Pardeep Narwal doesn't fire.

First man to score 1000 points in PKL, with over 50 super raids, holds the record for most super raids.

Surender Gill is the raider in form for the Yodha.

As a team, they have 39 super raids and 66 super tackles.

Gujarat Giants Preview

Fortune Giants have had a mixed start to their campaign this season. They are currently no 6 in the points table with 9 points. They have tasted all the flavours of the season, a win, a loss and a tie.

Beating the Pink Panthers in their first encounter and coming close to upsetting the defending champions in the next. They lost to Bengal Warriors by me 3 points and then were held by Delhi Dabang.

Fortune Giants are an entertaining lot and on their day they are unstoppable. They play to a set format, sucking out the opposition with their slow game and then try to gulp down the prey like a python. But sometimes, the python loses the grip on its prey and it backfires. This is what the Fortune Giants have to avoid.

Their raiders have been exuberant, effective, but the defence has had butter fingers.

Ravinder Pahal was off colour and so was left corner Girish Ernak who blocked successfully in their first match. A few unforced errors from Parvesh in the middle of the game cost them valuable points.

Funny part was thrice in their last match, they lost raiders and defenders who were out of bound. Raider Mahendra Rajput was out twice this way.

Areas of improvement:

Corners need to work better- Ravindra Pahal, Girish Ernak.

Raider Rakesh Narwal is in good form but needs support from others.

Have plan B to surprise the opposition.

Set traps for Pardeep Narwal.

If we look at the current form of both teams, this match should end as a tie, considering the amount of unforced errors that UP and Gujarat have been delivering. But looks like law of averages will catch up with Pardeep as well as the Fortune Giant defenders.

Gujarat Fortune Giants don't seem to have an option after Rakesh Narwal and Rakesh in their raids. Mahendra Rajput was tried in the last match but he was out of bound in most of the raids.

If Pardeep is able to execute Super raids and all out's, Gujarat may not be able to come back with bursts. But if Gujarat defence starts to shower its tackles, this will be a low scoring game.

UP Yodha will win by 1 or 2 points.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino