UP Yoddha take on Tamil Thalaivas at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna as both the teams look to gain momentum after a mediocre season so far. Both teams will begin the match in the bottom half of the table as Tamil Thalaivas are placed at the 7th spot while the Yoddha are 2nd from bottom in the Pro Kabaddi 2019 points table.
The Nitesh Kumar-led side started their season on a disastrous note with two losses, one each against the Bengal Warriors and Gujarat Fortunegiants by massive scorelines of 17-48 and 19-44 respectively.
However, the Yoddha brought their campaign back on track against U Mumba with a win in the Mumbai Leg. Against the Telugu Titans, luck was on the Yoddha's side as the match ended on 20-19 but the UP were awarded a technical point as the Titans' coach came on the mat before the final whistle as the game ended on a tie.
The team has been below-par in the raiding department with Monu Goyat, who has just 15 points from 4 games currently their top raider from the season. The story of the defensive unit is also on similar lines as the left corner Sumit, with 17 points is the most successful defender of the team in the campaign so far.
Their opponents for this game, the star studded Tamil Thalaivas have blown hot and cold so far. They won their inaugural match of the season before losing a couple of games by a margin of just one point against Dabang Delhi and Patna Pirates. They defeated the Haryana Steelers on Sunday in Patna as Rahul Chaudhari bagged 13 points and he will need to be at his best yet again.
While both the teams havent been convincing so far, the Tamil Thalaivas will hold an edge over the UP Yoddha due to their recent form and the fact that their key players have been performing better than those in the UP team.
Predicted starting 7s
UP Yoddha: Nitesh Kumar (C), Amit, Rishank Devadiga, Sumit, Monu Goyat, Ashu Singh and Shrikant Jadhav.
Tamil Thalaivas: Ajay Thakur(C), Rahul Chaudhari, Shabeer Bappu, Ran Singh, Mohit Chhillar, Manjeet Chhillar and Ajeet.
Where and when to watch, live streaming details
Date: Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Start time: 7.30 PM IST.
Venue: Patliputra Sports Complex, Patna
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda