Yoddha eye playoffs berth in first home-leg encounter

Yoddha eye playoffs berth in first home-leg encounter

Yoddha eye playoffs berth in first home-leg encounter

After back-to-back victories, U.P. Yoddha return home as they take on table-toppers Dabang Delhi K.C. at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida on Saturday, with a win taking them right into the playoffs.

Their raiders

Raider Naveen Kumar has displayed terrific form as he has the second-highest points in the tournament, having accumulated 258 of them so far. Raider Chandran Ranjit was also exceptional in the game against Puneri Paltan with a Super 10. Hence, Sumit and Ashu will have a task in their hands as they try to tackle them.

Captain Nitesh Kumar has been really effective as a defender and will look forward to replicating the same. As both these raiders try to inflict trouble right from the start, a lot of onus will fall upon him to oversee the threat. His signature ankle hold helped Yoddha begin with a bang against the Thalaivas.

Their defenders

Ravinder Pahal put up a High-5 performance in the previous encounter against U.P. Yoddha. Their captain Joginder Singh who handles the left corner has lived upto his potential so far. While they had a tough time containing the Bengal Warrior raiders, they will try to inspire confidence from their dominant win against Puneri Paltan.

However, at the moment, Shrikant Jadhav has been in splendid form gathering 42 points in the last five games. Shrikant, Rishank Devadiga and Surender Gill form a formidable raiding force. Coming back from an injury, Monu Goyat will also be keen to create an impact.

Form guide:

U.P. Yoddha: W W L W W

Dabang Delhi K.C.: L W W T W

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