Puneri Paltan vs Bengal Warriors Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
Will Puneri Paltan be able to surpass the Bengal hurdle?
In Match No. 112 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, Puneri Paltan will take the battle to the mat against the Bengal Warriors in the Inter-Zone Wild Card contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Puneri Paltan are coming into this match on the back of a slender margin victory over the UP Yoddha while the Bengal Warriors also picked up a win in their last match against the Jaipur Pink Panthers by just one point.
Puneri Paltan will be banking on their skipper, Deepak Hooda to perform in the capacity of a lead raider for the side. He was absolutely rampant in the last match wherein he picked up 16 raid points alone out of the 34 points scored by his team. He will, however, look for more support from the likes of Rajesh Mondal and young gun Monu in the attack.
The defence will have to step up as compared to the last match and more tackles need to be initiated and executed to perfection from Sandeep Narwal, Girish Ernak, Ravi Kumar and Ziaur Rehman. Pune need to cement their position in the points table in the first three places in order to make the cut for the playoffs, particularly in a group where they have competition from all ends with U Mumba, Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiants being the main contenders.
The Bengal Warriors, on the other hand, had a similar kind of a team structure in the recent matches, wherein Maninder Singh, who spearheads the attack has been doing the bulk of the scoring for the team. Jang Kun Lee, who was retained by the franchise, has been below par with his performance while Deepak Narwal has had a host of good performances earlier in the league which he should look to replicate. The defence led by Surjeet Singh alongside Ran Singh has been consistent but does commit silly errors at times with respect to advance tackles which is an issue that should be addressed. To complete the starting seven, the likes of all-rounder Vinod Kumar and Shrikant Tewthia will be included in the scheme of things.
Puneri Paltan vs Bengal Warriors match prediction
This is an evenly matched contest between two teams who have a good record so far in the league. It will be a potential under-battle of the defence -- the team which will be able to hold the fort against the lead raiders of the other side, particularly Deepak Hooda and Maninder Singh, is likely to come out on top. In this respect, the Bengal Warriors do have an upper hand with the likes of Surjeet and Ran Singh, who can prove to be lethal.