A tough start to PKL 2019 would have shaken the confidence of UP Yoddha. The team made some unforced errors and was made to pay for them by a superior side. Nitesh Kumar, the captain and one of the best defenders in the league, did his job but the defense around him kept on making mistakes.
The cover defender position is very crucial and that is a weak link for UP Yoddha this season. The cover defenders were lured into making mistakes and that often meant the other defensive payers had to follow suit and give up points.
We are also very surprised to see the absence of Rishank Devadiga on the mat. Unless he is nursing some injury, there is just no reason for him not be playing a pivotal role on the UP Yoddha offense.
Monu Goyat has joined the team with a bruised reputation after his last season with the Haryana Steelers and he will need to find his best form to be able to lead the UP Yoddha raiding unit against one of the best defensive teams in the league.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants began their PKL 20198 campaign right where they left off last season. The side seemed to be in perfect step and defeated the defending champions of Pro Kabaddi with ease in their opening match.
The biggest strength for the Gujarat Fortunegiants is its ability to find young players and groom them to be world-class kabaddi players.
The raiding unit is going to be led by Sachin Tanwar, who was one of the finds of the season. Sonu, another young player playing with the Gujarat Fortunegiants this season scored 5 raid points at a 100% strike rate in the opening match and he could be another raider to watch out for in this season.
GB More and Rohit Gulia are proven quantities in the raiding department and ensure that the Gujarat Fortunegiants don’t have to worry about being dependent on one single player.
The defense of the Gujarat Fortunegiants is probably among the best in the league. Parvesh Bhainswal, Sunil Kumar, and Sumit Kumar make a very good defensive unit that is technically very good and will continue to make very few errors in the matches to come.
It looks like the Gujarat Fortunegiants have all the bases covered.
Dream11 prediction for UP Yoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants
There are some excellent defenders present in this match and we are going to try and have as many as possible in our Dream11 team for UP Yoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants.
Defenders: We have selected Parvesh Bhainswal, Nitish Kumar, and Suit in our team for this match. There is no doubt that Parvesh Bhainswal and Nitish Kumar are two of the best defenders in this league while Sumit may also come in as a substitute and pick up some crucial points.
All-rounder: Rohit Gulia is the best all-round option we have in this match. He is going to be used primarily as a raider but is quite effective on the defensive side of the mat as well.
Raiders: Sachin Tanwar and Monu Goyat are the two spearheads for their team and will take the most amount of raids. GB More is also a very good raider and we can expect him to make a significant contribution to our Dream11 team as well.
Dream11 team for UPYoddha vs Gujarat Fortunegiants
• Parvesh Bhainswal
• Nitesh Kumar (vc)
• Rohit Gulia
• Sachin Tanwar (c)
• GB More
• Monu Goyat
UP Yoddha has never defeated the Gujarat Fortunegiants in two previous matches and will need to rewrite history if they are to beat them in this match.
Current form is a very good indicator in Pro Kabaddi and we were quite surprised to see UP Yoddha struggle so much in their opening match. The Gujarat Fortunegiants seem to have found a winning formula and they are going to stick to it.
Bet on the Gujarat Fortunegiants to win.