Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates Match Prediction: Who will win today's Pro Kabaddi 2017 match?
Will the Thalaivas hand a loss to the defending champions?
In Match No. 124 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, the Tamil Thalaivas will lock horns with the defending champions, Patna Pirates, at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in the city of Pune.
The Tamil Thalaivas come into this match on the back of a loss against the Bengal Warriors last night while the Patna Pirates will be on the hunt for a win after their defeat to the Gujarat Fortunegiants in their last clash.
The head-to-head record between these two teams stands in favour of the Patna Pirates as they won both their previous encounters in the league.
The Tamil Thalaivas will be led by their skipper Ajay Thakur, who got his fifth consecutive Super-10 in the match last night and has been in stellar form. Prapanjan was not too far behind, notching up a Super-10 of his own which included 8 touch points and 2 bonus points. However, for the team to go the distance and pick up a win, they will need to address their major concern which is their defence.
The quartet of Amit Hooda, C Arun, Vineet Kumar and Darshan will have to pull up their socks, especially against the talismanic Pardeep Narwal who has the ability to single-handedly rip apart rival defences.
The Patna Pirates suffered a surprise loss in the last match against the Gujarat Fortunegianst which would have served as a reality check for the defending champions indicating that they cannot merely rely on the services of their captain Pardeep Narwal to get wins under their belt.
The defence, featuring the likes of Vishal Mane, Sachin Shingade, Jaideep and Jawahar Dagar, will have to put their best foot forward in light of the upcoming playoffs in which they could potentially clash against the best teams in the league. The raiding department, featuring the duo of Pardeep Narwal and Monu Goyat with Vijay as the occasional third raider, has been doing its job exceedingly well.
Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates match prediction
If I were a betting man, my money would be on the Patna Pirates, but it will not be a huge margin of victory given the fact that the raiders on both ends have been in spectacular form.