UP and Bengal will play tonight in a Zone B match at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.
The two sequential losses in the initial two home-leg matches have been a critical mishap for the sky-high plans of the UP team. The UP team’s plan of deploying only 2 cutting edge raiders – Shrikant Jadhav and Prashanth Kumar Rai, isn’t working out in the way that they would have wanted it to work. They need to support their defense by yielding an additional raider, and since the defense of the UP team has enhanced in performance, they should drop Sagar Krishna and get Rishank Devadiga into the squad. Their 2 pronged raiding could deal with a measly 12 attack points against the Bengaluru’s defense and this was the prime reason behind their loss in the previous evening’s match.
Bengal too is falling off a loss against the Patna team and would hope to recover their winning streak that they had in the beginning of the season. They missed the performance of Maninder Singh in their match against the Patna, and Ran Singh who basically watches out for his group’s defensive prerequisites needed to concentrate his vitality on attacking which he did sublimely, however at the expense of the group’s current defense setup. The popular Bengal defense could simply oversee 7 tackle points in their match against Patna. Vijin Thangadurai could be replaced in the following match if Maninder Singh is accessible to play.
The last time the two groups squared off was in the 25th match in the present season and nothing could isolate the sides as the match finished on a tie (40-40).
Tentative 7 players aligned for each team
UP Team: (Captain) Rishank Devadiga, Jeeva Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Narender, Nitesh Kumar, Shrikant Jadhav, Prashanth Kumar Rai
Bengal Team: (Captain) Surjeet Singh, Ran Singh, Jang Kun Lee, Shrikant Tewathia, Mahesh Goud, Maninder Singh, Amit Kumar
Maninder Singh, Prashant Kumar Rai and Shrikant Jadhav
Jadhav has been a strong raider for the team and has played an important role in difficult situations. The star raider, Maninder Singh of Bengal who although, missed out his last rendezvous against Patna, will be expected to soar high in tonight’s match against UP. Prashant Kumar Rai has also given good raiding performances for the UP team and will be hoped to do well tonight too.
Surjeet Singh, Nitesh Kumar and Sachin Kumar
Sachin and Nitesh have combined well to keep all the raiding threats aside for the UP team so far. Surjeet Singh’s important position in the cover will be extremely important for the Bengal squad.
Narender has certainly gained repute this season as a fantastic all-rounder this season with every match. With his tight ankle holds and blocks, that has brought him 16 points so far, he can be challenging to the Bengal raiders tonight.
Match Prediction – UP vs Bengal.
We feel that Bengal is more likely make it in tonight’s match.