UP Yoddha will meet Patna Pirates on Wednesday for their Pro Kabaddi Season 8 encounter as they seek to end their three-match losing streak.
Pardeep Narwal will be playing against his former team and three-time champions for the second time this season.
UP Yoddha have just come off a 26-31 loss against Bengaluru Bulls, while the Pirates come in with a 51-30 loss against Jaipur Pink Panthers recently.
UP Yoddha are currently at the sixth spot on the PKL points table with 41 points in 15 games while the Pirates are at the third position with 45 points in 13 matches.
Players to watch out for - UP Yoddha
With 121 raid points, Surender Gill leads the table for UP Yoddha at an average of 8.6 raid points per match. He has five super 10s so far.
Pardeep Narwal has 104 raid points and four super 10s, including one against the Pirates earlier this season, while Shrikant Jadhav has 58 raid points with two super 10s.
Corners Sumit and captain Nitesh Kumar have been reliable with 37 and 40 tackle points so far respectively and two high 5s each.
Players to watch out for - Patna Pirates
Sachin Tanwar has 81 raid points in 13 matches and leads the list of top raiders for Patna Pirates. Prashanth Kumar Rai has 71 raid points and Monu Goyat, formerly a UP Yoddha raider, has 66.
Young Iranian Mohammadreza Shadloui Chianeh has 39 tackle points in 13 matches with three high 5s. Neeraj Kumar has 36 tackle points with two high 5s in Pro Kabaddi Season 8 so far.
UP Yoddha vs Patna Pirates head-to-head
The two teams have met each other nine times in PKL history with both teams winning four matches each and one of them resulting in a tie.
The most recent encounter between the teams was earlier this season, where UP Yoddha edged out Patna Pirates 36-35 in a thrilling encounter. Pardeep, with 12 raid points, had led the charge for UP Yoddha against his former team.
UP Yoddha - L, L, L, W, W
Patna Pirates - L, W, L, W, L