In order to revive their below-average season, Tamil Thalaivas will have to put up a big effort against the in-form UP Yoddha in the 101st match of the season.
Tamil Thalaivas completely outweigh UP Yoddha on paper. But this season has thrown a lot of surprises. While UP Yoddha have 5 wins in the last 6 games, the Thalaivas have been winless in their last 11 games.
UP Yoddha’s raiders have been instrumental in their success in the second half of the tournament. Shrikant Jadhav has made the biggest impact whereas his partners Rishank Devadiga and Surender Gill have provided him with plenty of support.
Their corner players Nitesh Kumar and Sumit have looked in good touch. Also, their cover players have chipped in with some handy cameos.
As a result of their combined team performance, UP Yoddha find themselves in the top 6 and stand a good chance to add another 5 points to their tally tonight.
UP Yoddha Form Guide: L W W W W
Tamil Thalaivas did very well to hold Puneri Paltan to a draw (36-36) on their own turf. The Thalaivas were magnificent in the last 5 minutes or so.
They will be mighty happy with the performance of V Ajith Kumar, who has been the find of this season. He scored a mammoth 18 points in the last game which was exactly half of his team’s total score.
But his partners Rahul Chaudhari and Shabeer Bappu were not as efficient. Rahul does have a few super 10s this season, and it would be best if he provides Ajith with some much-needed support in the attack.
The defensive woes of Tamil Thalaivas came back to haunt them once again as they scored only 7 tackle points in the last game. Left corner Ran Singh looked lacklustre yet again and the rest of their defence looked quite inexperienced. Tamil Thalaivas have the least number of tackle points this season (148).
Tamil Thalaivas would want their big names like Manjeet Chillar and Shabeer Bapu to step up in this crucial situation. A few more losses could end their season.
Tamil Thalaivas Form Guide : D L L L L
Predicted Starting 7
UP Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Rishank Devadiga, Surender Gill, Sumit, Nitesh Kumar (C), Amit, Ashu Singh
Tamil Thalaivas: Rahul Chaudhari, Victor Obiero, V Ajith Kumar, Shabeer Bapu, Ran Singh, Manjeet Chillar, Mohit Chillar
UP Yoddha have enjoyed a lot of success in this tournament lately. They will look to exploit the under pressure Tamil Thalaivas.
The Thalaivas could back their raiders to target UP’s defence, which hasn’t been the later’s biggest strength.
UP Yoddha could be expected to beat Tamil Thalaivas.
Where and when to watch
Date: Saturday, 21st September 2019
Start time: 8:30 pm IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda