Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
With just a single win to show for in their last five games, the Haryana Steelers must ensure complacency doesn't get the better of them at the business end of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5. They look comfortable to qualify from Zone A but nothing is guaranteed yet.
Ranbir Singh Khokhar's decision to rest Surender and Mohit backfired last time as they suffered a heavy loss against an out-of-form Dabang Delhi. While he continues to use the word 'rest', one can only wonder if Haryana's star duo like sitting on the bench, watching their team lose.
Their opponents, Jaipur Pink Panthers have had a decent run off late. Two wins in five games, the Panthers have been one of the most competitive sides in the league. Having played four games lesser than the team above them, U Mumba, Jaipur still trail by only three points.
Captain Manjeet Chhillar's return couldn't have come at a better time. Jaipur coach Balwan Singh hailed his captain and believes he is their Kohinoor diamond. Diamonds are made under pressure and Manjeet must be ready to embrace a lot of pressure in these final few weeks.
The last time these two sides played, the match ended in a thrilling 27-27 draw. Dahiya and Surjeet were in fine form for Haryana that night and will once again be tasked with unlocking Jaipur's sturdy defence, which has been resolute so far.
Nitin Rawal dominated proceedings that day and helped Jaipur secure a much-needed draw. The youngster scored a massive 12 points and displayed his raiding skills like never before. He will play a vital role tonight alongside Pawan Kumar.
When the both of them click, Jaipur's defence always seems at ease. However, with Surender and Mohit likely to be thrust back into the starting seven for Haryana, it will be interesting to see how Jaipur's raiders tackle this new challenge.
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers match prediction
Neither of them are in fine form and neither of them has dominated in recent times. But the fact remains that Jaipur and Haryana have been one of the few teams to not have suffered multiple losses on the trot.
Manjeet's return has definitely boosted the Panthers but Haryana have too much attacking prowess and are likely to cause a host of problems for Jaipur's defense. The Steelers look favorites to win this competitive tie.