It is surprising to see the UP Yodha struggling this season. Normally they would be in the top half of the points table but after playing 5 games they find themselves in the 8th spot. Though this is a long season, the Yodha needs to get its act together. Tamil Thalaiva were relieved to win their first game of the season so early.
They beat the Patna Pirates to earn brownie points. They are still awaiting the return of “Xander Cage” Pawan Sehrawat who has been recovering quickly. This will add another dimension to the Thaliava and they might just zoom up the points table as the season ends. But as of now UP Yodha look like a superior side to the Thalaiva.
Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill are operating well together while the defense is taken care of by left corner Sumit and Ashu Singh. The issue this season with the Yodha is that the raiders and defenders haven’t resonated well. Hence they earn a lot and concede too much. This will be a good opportunity for the UP Yodha to test their backup players to form a better combination for upcoming tough games.
This will be a contest of unforced errors between these teams. Both teams have been lazy in their defense and have conceded too many points throughout their matches. The absence of Pawan is unfortunate but a reality.
Raiders Narender and Himanshu Singh will target Yodha captain Nitesh Kumar while defender Sagar will try and neutralize either Pardeep or Surender. This ploy has worked against the Yodha as some of their opponents have trapped both Pardeep and Surender. This is the only way the Thalaiva can approach this game.
The Yodha will need to look at its defense combinations as this will be a good opportunity to try out new defenders. Left corner Sumit needs a partner in the right cover region who thinks and reciprocates like him. UP Yodha will have to be careful about the leakage of points in the first half as if they trail in the first half they tend to go on the defensive.
UP Yodha will win.
In the 9 meetings between the two franchises, the two teams have shared honors with 3 wins apiece. The rest of the three matches have ended in a tie. The Tamil Thalaivas dominated the U.P. Yoddha in the reverse fixture 39-33 and bagged 5 points from the encounter. They were dominant right from the start and led the match 21-10 at half-time and consolidated the lead in the second half.
Manjeet Dahiya, Ajinkya Pawar, Surjeet (C), Mohit Jakhar, Sagar Rathee, M Abhishek, Sahil Gulia
Pardeep Narwal, Shrikant Jadhav, Surender Gill, Shubham Kumar Baliyan, Ashu Singh, Nitesh Kumar (C), Sumit Sangwan
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