The stage is set for an exhilarating finish to probably the best season of Pro Kabaddi we have had so far. We're all set to enter into the knockout stage of Pro Kabaddi 2019 with third-placed UP Yoddha taking on sixth-placed Bengaluru Bulls in Eliminator 1 on Monday, 14th October at the Eka Arena by Transstadia, Ahmedabad at 7:30 PM IST.
After a slow start, UP Yoddha found their feet and never looked back as the side finished with 74 points from their 22 games.
Bengaluru have relied heavily on Pawan Sehrawat and thanks to him, they find themselves through to the playoffs with 64 points from 22 games.
UP Yoddha beat the Bulls 45-33 in the last group stage game and that'll no doubt give them confidence ahead of this Eliminator. The winner of this clash will take on Dabang Delhi in the first semi-final on Wednesday, October 16th.
Team News- UP Yoddha
The Yoddhas seem to have settled on a playing XI which seems quite balanced. Shrikanth Jadhav will lead the raiding unit alongside Surender Gill while Rishank Devadiga is expected to assist the two, with the raider certainly past his prime. He will make way for Monu Goyat if the latter is fit. In defence, Nitesh Kumar and Sumit have been excellent in the right and left corners respectively while Amit and Ashu Singh will form the cover combination.
Predicted Starting 7: Nitesh Kumar (C), Surender Gill, Shrikanth Jadhav, Rishank Devadiga/ Monu Goyat, Amit, Ashu Singh and Sumit.
Team News- Bengaluru Bulls
Rohit Kumar is expected to be fit and lead the Bulls in this playoff match and he's sure to take Banty's place in the side. Sumit Singh and he should look to be among the raid points although the primary focus will be on Pawan Sehrawat who was kept quiet by UP's defence in the 2nd half of their last game.
In defence, Mahender Singh and Amit Sheoran in the left cover and corner have been good while Saurabh Nandal in the right corner has been good. Mohit Sehrawat in the right cover has been the only weak link and he needs to be wary of the swift UP raiders.
Predicted Starting 7: Rohit Kumar (C), Pawan Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Sumit Singh, Mohit Sehrawat and Saurabh Nandal.
Dream 11 Fantasy Tips
Raiders: Pawan Sehrawat, Shrikanth Jadhav, Surender Gill, Sumit Singh and Rohit Kumar are the raiders to pick from and with Rohit out of form, Pawan is a must-have. One of Shrikanth Jadhav or Surender Gill is essential.
All-Rounders: Rishank Devadiga, Mohit Sehrawat and Ankit are the all-rounders to choose from and Mohit & Ankit should be preferred as Rishank really doesn't offer good value for money.
Defenders: Sumit, Nitesh Kumar, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal are the premium defenders to choose from while Ashu Singh and Amit are cheaper options.
Fantasy Suggestion 1: Pawan Sehrawat, Saurabh Nandal, Sumit Singh, Surender Gill, Mohit Sehrawat, Ashu Singh and Amit.
Captain: Pawan Sehrawat Vice-Captain: Surender Gill.
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Pawan Sehrawat, Shrikanth Jadhav, Sumit Singh, Mohit Sehrawat, Nitesh Kumar, Amit and Ankit.
Captain: Shrikanth Jadhav Vice-Captain: Pawan Sehrawat.