In-form Patna Pirates (PAT) take on U.P. Yoddha (UP) in the first semi-final of Pro Kabaddi Season 8 at the Sheraton Grand Whitefield in Bengaluru on Wednesday, February 23. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
PAT vs UP Dream11 prediction
Patna Pirates were simply unplayable in PKL Season 8, having finished the group stage at the top of the standings with 16 wins, five defeats and one draw in 22 games. One of those five losses, however, came against U.P. Yoddha in December 2021. However, the record PKL champions returned the favour in their following meeting against the Yoddhas, beating them 37-35 in a close contest.
Come Wednesday, we expect PAT to just about overcome UP in the semis and make their way to the final.
PAT vs UP Dream11 team tips for Pro Kabaddi Season 8
Top tip: Best raider
After a rather underwhelming start to PKL Season 8, star raider Pardeep Narwal found his lost form just when his team needed him the most. During Yoddha’s eliminator round against Puneri Paltan, Narwal returned with a tally of 18 raid points after inflicting nine successful raids. Heading into the semi-final clash against his former team, Pardeep, who has 184 raid points to his name this season, will want to prove a point and show the Pirates why letting him leave was a big blunder on their part.
Top tip: Best defender
U.P. Yoddha’s Sumit has been in blistering form of late and has proved to be quite a coup for fantasy managers. The defender, who has tallied 61 tackles points this season, has made it to the Dream Team in each of his last four matches. During this time, he has accumulated 366 fantasy points.
Top tip: Best all-rounder
As for an all-rounder, Patna Pirates’ Mohammadreza Chiyaneh is not only the most-picked player for this contest but has also accrued the most fantasy points (1,981) among all players involved in this game. With 81 tackles points already to his name, Chiyaneh will look to add more points to his tally against U.P. Yoddha.
PAT vs UP probable starting lineups
PAT starting 7 (probable): Sachin Tanwar, Neeraj Kumar, Sajin C, Prashanth Kumar (captain), Monu Goyat, Sunil, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh
UP starting 7 (probable): Pardeep Narwal, Ashu Singh, Shubham Kumar, Ankush, Surender Gill, Nitesh Kumar (captain), Sumit
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