Two terrific vivo Pro Kabaddi contests are heading your way on Tuesday. In the first game, the Haryana Steelers will take on U Mumba in a repeat of last year’s Eliminator. Later, the U.P. Yoddha will face the Tamil Thalaivas.
Check out our preview for both matches:
The Haryana Steelers haven’t had the start they hoped for in the lead-up to the season. They have won two and lost three of their five games so far but could have easily been on the winning side in a couple of those losses. Coach Rakesh Kumar will need to address the team’s inability to stop leaking points in a flurry, a primary reason for two of their three losses this season. The Steelers will be a tough team to beat if they can keep that in check.
U Mumba will be pleased with their start in Season 8. They sit fourth on the points table, six points behind league leaders Bengaluru Bulls with a game in hand. U Mumba have lost only one of their five matches so far. They led by nine in that loss and could have avoided defeat had the team not crumbled in the second half. U Mumba will look to continue their good start to the season and climb to second on the points with a win.
Haryana Steelers have played nine games against the U Mumba and have won three, losing the other six.
The U.P. Yoddha have had a disappointing season so far and currently sit eighth on the points table. Pardeep Narwal hasn’t been his usual self, and the defence, outside of Sumit, has been unreliable. U.P. Yoddha have the talent to take them all the way, but they need to step up and deliver to avoid slipping further and leaving themselves with too much to do later in the season.
The Tamil Thalaivas have won only one of their five games but have tied three and lost only a solitary game. They have been good, despite it not reflecting on the points table. The defence has been sturdy, while the raiding unit has done its job thus far. All the Thalaivas need is to manage games better when they have big leads and climb on the points table.
Through eight matches, U.P. Yoddha hold a slender 3-2 lead over the Tamil Thalaivas in their head-to-head clashes. Three games between the two teams finished in a tie.
Match 15: Haryana Steelers vs. U Mumba, 7:30 PM IST
Match 16: U.P. Yoddha vs. Tamil Thalaivas, 8:30 PM IST
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.