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DoD for U Mumba as they take on UP Yodha.
UP Yodha will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
The first of the triple panga will see a desperate U Mumba taking on a resurgent UP Yodha. U Mumba is in deep trouble as they have slipped to the 9th spot in the points table after playing 20 games. They have lost 3 out of their last 5 games and are moving towards a dead end. They will have to win this match by big margins in order to remain in contention for the next stage. The UP Yodha had a few blips early in the month as they lost few consecutive games. They beat the Telegu Titans in a last minute heist and since then, the Yodha seems to be back on track. Currently placed 3rd in the points table, they will be much better prepared for this encounter. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games and have got into a good rhythm. They beat Dabang Delhi in their last match which was a comeback of sorts for Pardeep Narwal as he score 14 points in that match. In their 7 encounters, both teams have won 3 each with U Mumba winning their last encounter in season 7. But their earlier meeting in this season ended in a TIE.
Slow starters UP Yoddha who impressed last season with a third place finish will need to get their engines running. They are placed 3rd in the points table currently, as they just need to win their remaining games to consolidate their position. After a slow start, they were too hot to handle mid season. But then they hit a few speed breakers as they lost a few consecutive games. But they are back to winning ways as they have won 4 out of their last 5 games. They beat Dabang Delhi by 16 points. Apart from Pardeep Narwal getting back to his old ways, the Yodha defence was tenacious in their last game earning 12 tackle points in that game. This will augur well for the UP Yodha as they take on U Mumba. Both teams settled for a TIE when they met on the first day of 2022. That was a low scoring game. But since then both teams have had contrasting results as they have moved in opposition directions in the points table, UP moving upwards while U Mumba slipping consistently.
Defenders Sumit, Ashu Sigh, Nitesh Kumar and left cover Shubham Singh have resonated well in the last few games. If they fail, the Yodha unleashes raider Surender Gill who is too hot to handle at times. They will target the fragile Mumba defence and put the pressure on the Mumba raiders.
The UP Yodha has conducted 353 successful raids while executing 186 successful tackles.
They have executed the highest Super tackles this season and this has been possible due to the heroics of defenders like Nitesh Kumar and Shubham Singh. Even Surender Gill has conducted some daring Super raids which makes this unit very dangerous. UP Yodha would like to win this game by a huge margin as this is their last league game. Post this they will have to check the results of the other games in order to check whether they remain in the top 6 or not.
U Mumba has been disappointing in their last few games. They started off in a sedate manner playing in safe mode. They never looked like a dominating side in this season and preferred to remain in the middle on the point table. This strategy has come back to haunt them as they have slipped to the 9th place after playing 20 games. They take on the UP Yodha who are in hot blazing form. Post this match they will clash with traditional rivals Gujarat Fortune Giants. Looks like the doors are closing fast on U Mumba. They have lost 3 out of their last 5 games. They lost consecutively to Haryana Steelers and Jaipur Pink Pathers. The pattern was very clear as U Mumba started off well but lost steam in the second half. They are heavily dependent on raiders Abhishek Singh and Ajith as they do not have any backup. The defence is heavily dependent on Rinku as Fazel Attrachali and Harendra Singh have been inconsistent.
U Mumba has earner mere 9 tackle points in their last 2 games and this has pushed them back to the 9th spot. This is a DoD situation for them. If Mumba is not able to win this game, it will be the end of their campaign in this season.
U Mumba has executed only 176 successful tackles in 20 games and this has reduced as the league has progressed. They have executed 312 successful tackles which is also very low. They have tried young reserve raiders like Shivam and Kamlesh but it is a bit too late in the season. They made a tactical blunder by not giving enough match time to their reserve players which has left them with few options in crunch situations.
Former champions have their tasks cut-out and their fans will expect them to punch above their weight in their last 2 games.
Tides are titled towards the UP Yodha as they take on U Mumba in the final stage of the league. UP Yodha made some course corrections at a very apt time as they recovered from some bad results. They have regrouped and revitalized themselves as they have won their last few games. Their biggest joy is that Pardeep Narwal is back to his old ways. U Mumba on the other hand went off-course mid-season and have not recovered at all. They have their backs to the wall as their defence looks fragile and fatigued. They will have a tough time managing Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill and Shrikant Jadhav. Raiders Abhishek and Ajith will have to overcome the sharp Yodha defence as they will hunt the down on a slightest mistake. The stakes are tilted in the favour of UP Yodha as U Mumba finds that their survival and probably a miracle is dependent on a miracle in this match.
UP Yodha will win.
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