Dabang Delhi K.C.
Naveen Kumar is in superb form and now has six consecutive Super-10’s to his name. That is the second-longest such streak in the history of the PKL. It truly is remarkable to see him take his time on the mat and wait for the crunch moments to ramp up his attack.
There is no one more dangerous in the last 10 minutes of a PKL game and this is a huge advantage for Dabang Delhi K.C. Another positive development for Dabang Delhi K.C. was the return of Meraj Sheykh to the thick of things. He has been missing out on the starting seven and has not been in good form but was back to his usual self in the previous match.
With Chandran Ranjit also threatening defenders consistently, Dabang Delhi K.C. should have enough to make life tough for UP Yoddha.
Vishal Mane had a great game in the previous match as he took the lead to pin down Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. Joginder Narwal and Ravinder Singh Pahal have been very good in the defense aided by Saeid Ghaffari as well.
Just two losses in the last seven matches that UP Yoddha has played shows the kind of momentum it is building. We still think there is a lot of room for improvement in the UP Yoddha side, particularly its raiding unit and maybe that will come about in this game.
The three raiders for UP Yoddha are all formidable players in their own right, at least on paper. In actual match situations, though, the trio of Monu Goyat, Shrikant Jadhav, and Rashank Devadiga have not been able to perform as consistently as they would have liked.
They are going to have a tough time against Dabang Delhi’s defense, which has been among the best in PKL 2019.
The one advantage that UP Yoddha has in this match is the presence of Sunil Kumar and Nitesh Kumar in the defense. They both have a good record against Naveen Kumar and will be confident of keeping him quiet.
This contest between Naveen Kumar and the UP Yoddha defense is going to be decisive to the result.
Dabang Delhi K.C. has never defeated UP Yoddha in the history of the PKL and has a 3-0 record against them. This kind of a record can have mental baggage attached to it.
We think that UP Yoddha has a good chance of winning this match against Dabang Delhi K.C. and keep its unbeaten streak intact. Nitesh Kumar has a very good strike rate against the Delhi raiding unit and could neutralize their biggest weapon on his own.
Bet on UP Yoddha to win.