U.P. Yoddhas, owned by the GMR Group, take on Telugu Titans in match 51 of Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Monday.
The Yoddhas have had a mixed campaign so far, with three wins and four defeats in PKL 9, but are poised to turn things around on Monday. Telugu Titans, meanwhile, sit rock-bottom with seven losses in eight games.
Players to watch out for - U.P. Yoddhas
Despite the Yoddhas suffering another defeat, record-breaker Pardeep Narwal (68 raid points) continued his comeback to form with a 12-point performance against his former side Patna Pirates. Besides Surender Gill (69 raid points), the franchise will also depend on Rohit Tomar to register raid points.
Ashu Singh is U.P. Yoddhas' top defender this term with 21 tackle points and will eye a match-winning outing against the struggling Telugu Titans.
Players to watch out for - Telugu Titans
Siddharth Desai has tallied the most raid points for Telugu Titans (36) and will be their player to watch in the fixture.
In defence, Vishal Bhardwaj has 12 tackle points so far and will look to strike a chord with Surjeet Singh (10 tackle points) and Vijay Kumar (nine tackle points) to deny Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill a chance to grab maximum points.
U.P. Yoddhas vs Telugu Titans | Head-to-Head
U.P. Yoddhas and Telugu Titans have faced each other 10 times, with the Yoddhas dominating the head-to-head with six wins. The Titans, meanwhile, have claimed two victories and settled for two draws.
In PKL 8, the two teams met twice with U.P Yoddhas winning both meetings. The Yoddhas claimed a 39-33 win the first time around and a 39-35 in the other fixture.
U.P. Yoddhas: L, W, L, W, L
Telugu Titans: L, L, L, L, L