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Both teams will play for pride.
Gujarat Fortune Giants will win
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.Bet Now
This will be a contest between teams who have struggled through the season. Telegu Titans have always been underachievers while the Fortune Giants could not write their own destiny. The Titans never took off while the Fortune Giants suffered turbulence throughout their journey. Both teams have themselves to blame for their fortunes.
The Titans have won just a couple of matches this season and they will play for pride. They have one more match after this which will end their journey for season 9. The Fortune Giants may still have an outside chance to make it to the next round. They have given themselves a breather after they beat U Mumba in their last game. Hence this will be a must-win match for Gujarat.
The Titans will give their best shot to rock the Fortune Giants' boat as spoiling someone’s party comes with its own thrills. But the Gujarat Fortune Giants still have some chance to make amends and squeeze into the next round.
The Gujarat Fortune Giants seem to have woken up a bit late. They struggled through the season with their defense due to which they could not win consistently. They hovered in the bottom half of the points table as they could not get a proper combination in their defense. The Fortune Giants have been particularly good in their raiding department. When all seemed to be lost, the Fortune Giants have given themselves a lifeline when they beat arch-rivals U Mumba in their last match.
If they can win their last 2 matches, they may just get lucky. The Fortune Giants have won 3 consecutive matches which still keeps them in contention for the playoff. They beat the Puneri Paltan followed by a win over the Patna Pirates. They got the better of U Mumba in their last match. After they play the Telegu Titans, their final match will be with the Jaipur Pink Panthers which will be their biggest. That encounter will decide the fate of the Gujarat Fortune Giants.
Gujarat could not develop a good defensive combination this season. They also stuck rigidly to standard tactics which did not yield results. They were totally dependent on their raiders throughout the season.
Young raider Prateek Dahiya has been the most impressive with 149 raid points from 17 matches which include 9 Super 10s. Raiders Rakesh, Chandran Ranjeet, and Mahendra Rajput have contributed immensely. If only the Fortune Giants could have good defenders.
The Fortune Giants have posted just 154 successful team tackles in 20 matches. This is slightly better than the Telegu Titans who are last on that list. This indicates the major leakage in the ship for the Giants.
They have conceded 768 team points along with 27 all-outs in 20 matches.
They will be up against another highly erratic team of the season, the Telegu Titans. This will be the best chance for the Fortune Giants to win the match and still stay in contention for the next round.
The Telegu Titans have been disappointing this season. A start-studded line-up along with deputy coach Manjeet Chillar who was part of Dabang Delhi who won the last season, still cannot cultivate a winning habit.
Since the first game, the Telegu Titans have been searching for a decent combination. Big names like Siddharth Desai and Monu Goyat could not deliver while bigger names in the defense have failed to impress. Regular breakdowns, lack of coordination, and deviation from strategy have made life difficult for the Titans this season. The Titans also suffered a blow as their inform raider Rajneesh was injured in a freak accident earlier in the season.
Since then the Titans have been on a losing spree. They have won just 2 matches this season. They beat the Patna Pirates and snapped a win against U Mumba. But that will not help their cause as they are out of the race for the playoff. Fortunately, Siddharth Desai is back in form. He has earned 142 raid points in 17 matches.
Telegu Titans have been able to conduct 268 successful team raids out of their 850 team raids. This is the lowest by any team this season.
Similarly, the Titans are placed at the bottom of the successful team tackles list with just 147 in 20 matches.
They have conceded 784 team points along with 43 all-outs in 20 matches. This means that the Titans concede 2 all-outs every match on average.
But they have also executed 33 Super tackles which have saved the blushes for them. Defenders Vishal Bharadwaj, Parvesh Bhaiswal, and Adarsh have been part of most Super tackles.
With no future in the season, the Titans will play for pride. They will also give some of their reserves a chance to spend some time on the mat. The Titans have defeated the Fortune Giants just once in 7 meetings. That victory came in 2019 in season 7. This will be their opportunity to entertain their fans with a surprise victory.
Welcome to another entertainer as two maverick teams clash. Telegu Titans will try and entertain their fans, while the Fortune Giants will seek redemption by winning this match. Telegu Titans were completely off-color against the Tamil Thalaiva in their last match. They will still depend on raiders Siddharth and Abhishek. But all-rounder Hanumanthu will shine with another Super 10 while defender Ankit will be lethal. Titans may play youngsters like Mohammad Silas, Nitin, and Hamid Nader.
The Gujarat Fortune Giants will totally depend on their raiders. They will be aggressive from the first raid. Prateek Dahiya will score a Super 10 while South Korean Dong Geon will lead the side. Gujarat may use the services of raiders Rakesh and Mahendra Rajput. Defenders Arkam Shaikh and Sourav Gulia will shine.
This will be a high-scoring match with both sides making plenty of unforced errors. But the Gujarat raiders will hunt in a pack and trouble the Titans through the match.
Gujarat Fortune Giants will win
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