Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
Since the last five matches, Patna Pirates haven't tasted defeat. They've done it all -- from dominating proceedings to grinding out results like they did against Tamil Thalaivas last night. Sixteen games into the season, the Pirates look like a unit well on their way to defend their Pro Kabaddi title for the third time in a row.
Their opponents for tonight, UP Yoddha have been in horrible form. To put things into perspective, the Pro Kabaddi League debutants have won just a single game in their last eleven matches.
As a result, they find themselves a massive 21 points behind the Patna Pirates, who have played just one additional match. Things aren't looking good for UP and tonight's game against Pardeep and co. is not an ideal match to aim for a win.
Apart from Nitin Tomar, none of the other players have displayed ruthlessness on the mat -- a trait which is extremely necessary when you're playing a three-month long tournament. Veteran Jeeva Kumar has been a shadow of his former self.
He looks sluggish and will be thoroughly tested tonight. Patna, on the other hand, have everything going their way. Believe it or not, Pardeep Narwal couldn't score a super 10 last night against Thalaivas. He did score 9 though.
But he had Monu Gayat for company who was in sizzling form, scoring 12 raid points and thus ensuring that Patna didn't suffer a shock defeat. While their defence looks shaky, their attack has time and again bailed them out.
But how long can this last? Forever if you ask Patna's coach, who reckons Monu is a Cheetah while Pardeep is a lion on the mat. Patna will be eager to replicate Gujarat's home form and remain unbeaten in Ranchi. That will be easier said than done.
Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha match prediction
The Pirates are no doubt favorites to win today's tie. Playing at home and in fine form, Patna will have to play extremely badly for UP to have any chance of registering a positive result. This match holds much more significance for UP Yoddha.
Failing to win this will surely bring in the other teams into the fray for a playoff spot. The likes of Bengaluru Bulls and Telugu Titans will watch this game eagerly and will hope Patna emerge as winners. This one looks done and dusted even before it starts. Patna will show no mercy.