A complete breakdown in the offense of the Patna Pirates should make its supporters very nervous. Pardeep Narwal my have scored a Super-10 in the previous game but he was far from being at his best and is lacking the support needed to get the Patna Pirates the wins they need.
Mohammad Esmael Maghsoudlou has not scored a single point in Patna’s home leg. That is just unacceptable from an international player with so much success behind him. Jang Kun Lee has not been effective at all either and there are moments where it is hard to determine who is going to bring the next raiding point for the Patna Pirates.
They are going to be up against a tough defensive unit in UP Yoddha. Nitesh Kumar and Sumit are not going to be giving anything away to them in this match either.
Jaideep has been spectacular in defense for the Patna Pirates and will need to be at his best against a potent three-pronged UP Yoddha attack.
Neeraj Kumar and Hadi Oshtorak have been good but they have been making a lot of unforced errors in their recent games.
Just one win from five matches is not a good return for UP Yoddha and this is why they are languishing in the bottom third of the table. A closer look shows that they have lost just two matches and tied the other two.
No loss in their last three matches is a good sign for UP Yoddha.
The return of Rishank Devadiga has been a big boost for them and with Shrikant Jadhav and Monu Goyat already in the side, the raiding unit is well sorted. These three will know that they can put pressure on the Patna Pirates struggling raiders by scoring points regularly.
Even single points regularly will force the Patna Pirates to move out of their comfort zone.
UP’s defense is centered around Nitesh Kumar, who is a stunning defensive player in his prime. His partnership with Sumit is going to be very hard for the Patna Pirates to overcome.
UP Yoddha is also going to be desperate to win and start moving up the ladder but that should not force it into making unforced errors.
The Patna Pirates hold a slim 3-2 advantage over UP Yoddha after 6 matches between the two teams. The remaining match was tied.
We think the Patna Pirates are in a spiral right now and things are only going to get tougher for them. They must find a way to shake their raiding unit out of the coma it is in and that may not happen in this match. Up Yoddha should be able to win this match.
Bet on UP Yoddha to win.