Patna Pirates vs Bengaluru Bulls Match Prediction: Who will Win Today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 Match?
Patna will be aiming to break the Bengaluru Bulls winning streak
The Patna Pirates will be taking on the Bengaluru Bulls on Day 71 of the Pro Kabaddi League. It is important to know that there is pressure on Bengaluru as Patna have already qualified for the playoffs. The Bulls will be looking to displace UP Yoddha for 3rd place. A win over Patna will take them to within 1 point off UP. Meanwhile, Patna will move to within a point off topping Zone B if they win.
In the form guide, Patna have come off 3 back-to-back losses while Bengaluru have 3 straight wins to their name. Although the momentum is with Bengaluru, Patna have won the last 2 encounters back in August and September. In terms of strengths, the Patna Pirates have retained Pradeep Narwal, who won the Emerging Player of the Season award in season 3 and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in season 4.
The loss of their do-or-die specialist Rajesh Mondal and the best defender of PKL 4, Fazel Atrachali, will be felt. But the Pirates strengthened their defence in the auction, when they roped in the cover duo of Vishal Mane and Sachin Shingade.
In the raiding department, the addition of the exciting Monu Goyat will provide Patna and Pardeep a valuable partner. The Pirates would be raring to a go after a successful campaign in 2016, as they became the first team to successfully defend the PKL title. Will they be able to win 3 titles on-the-trot?
Bengaluru Bulls retained Ashish Sangwan whilst snapping up one of the best defenders in Ravinder Pahal. The inclusions of star raider Rohit Kumar and the talented Ajay Kumar gives their raiding a strong look. With the likes of Rohit Kumar and Pahal in their ranks, the Bulls, on paper, can look forward to a promising outing this time around.
Patna vs Bengaluru Match Prediction
As mentioned earlier, Bengaluru are on a 3-match winning streak but Patna has the better track record against them. This match will be about Pradeep Narwal vs Rohit Kumar, two of their star players. But I daresay, I would give the edge to Patna for their better track record. But Bengaluru should give them a good fight.