Patna Pirates vs Telugu Titans Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
In Match no. 78 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, the action will shift to Ranchi with the home team, the Patna Pirates clashing against the Telugu Titans at the Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium.
The Pirates suffered a heavy loss in their last match against U Mumba, while the Titans lost their last encounter against the Bengal Warriors by a slender margin of just one point.
The head-to-head for this season stands 2-0 in favour of the Pirates and the Titans will be looking for revenge in this fixture.
Patna have a weapon in their arsenal that no other team can boast of and that is none other than their talismanic skipper Pardeep Narwal. The young raider has been rampant on the mat, to say the least, having already notched up two outings of 21 points each in recent matches and thus possesses the ability to rip the rival defence apart.
Alongside him, Monu Goyat silently goes about his business in attack, amassing quite a few raid points himself. Either all-rounder Vinod Kumar or Vikas Jaglan is brought into the team time and again as the third raider but they do not have a greater role to play since the team does not rely on the do-or-die strategy.
The main aspect of concern for Patna is their poor defence despite the presence of Vishal Mane and Sachin Shingade - both experienced campaigners who failed to pick up even a single tackle point in the last match. The other two defenders, Satish and Jaideep have also not been up to the mark and overall, they need to buck up in order to power the team across the finish line.
The Telugu Titans, on the other hand, look in a better shape than they did at the start of the season. The attack is led by the trio of Rahul Chaudhari, Nilesh Salunkhe and Mohsen Maghsoudlou with Nilesh being the most successful player in the last match where he picked up a Super-10.
Farhad Milaghardhan brings forth the much-needed balance to the side in the capacity of an all-rounder. Rohit Rana has to prove his mettle in the defence while the young guns in the likes of Vishal Bhardwaj and Sombir have been stellar and on point with their tackles.
Patna Pirates vs Telugu Titans match prediction
The Patna Pirates surely have the upper hand primarily due to the kind of form Pardeep Narwal has been in. However, if the Titans do manage to keep him at bay, they can halt the scoring from one end and have a real chance of clinching a win for the rival defence is weak against the attack which boasts of Rahul Chaudhari and Nilesh Salunkhe.