2021-22 VIVO Pro Kabaddi Teams Winning Prediction- Whom To Place Your Bet On
As the Season 8 of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) began on December 22, a number of kabaddi lovers and punters are speculating as to which team is most likely to win this season.
If the results of the matches which have happened so far are anything to go by, this season seems to be highly competitive and a fiercely contested one. No team has won all the matches it has played so far, which shows that total domination is somewhat not possible.
Teams like Dabang Delhi, Bengal Warriors, Pink Panthers, and Bengaluru Bulls have won 2 of the 3 matches they have played. A team like U Mumba, which has an excellent record in the league, managed to win only 1 match that it has played. Likewise, even Gujarat Giants and UP Yoddha have won only 1 of the 3 matches played.
So, who will finally win the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League’s 2021-2022 season and who’ll bite the dust? Read on as Fun88 experts tell you their predictions.
VIVO Pro Kabaddi 2021 Teams Winning Predictions For Punters
Bengal Warriors are most likely to emerge as the winner of Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22
Our experts think that the defending champions, Bengal Warriors, are most likely to win VIVO Pro Kabaddi League in 2021-22. Of all the teams playing in the competition, they have the best combination of players.
Like in the last few seasons, Bengal Warriors have managed to get a number of proven match-winners in their team this season. This team has a solid raiding talent with the links of Maninder Singh, who is their frontline raider and Mohammad Nabibakhsh, who, in all likelihood, is expected to be promoted as the support raider.
Moreover, Bengal Warriors have also got Rishank Devadiga in their team, who adds the required depth. Devadiga is a PKL veteran who’s well-known for his talent.
While Bengal Warriors have a strong raiding ability, they have also worked on their defense. They have purchased the likes of Abouzar Mohajer, who’s a competent player as a right cover and right corner defender.
Apart from Mohajer, the team has Rinku Narwal in the corners. Both these defenders are more than capable of dealing with any opposition. Although Bengal Warriors have many strengths, their major weakness is the lack of cover defenders.
While the team has signed Parveen, Vijin Thangadurai, and Darshan J for covers, none of these players have done that well recently.
That said, Bengal Warriors had a relatively weaker cover defense even in the 2019 edition of the Pro Kabaddi League, they still went on to win the championships. We think they are capable of repeating the feat this season as well.
Dabang Delhi is likely to go deep in the tournament but may find it tough to win the league
Last season’s runner-up, Dabang Delhi, are expected to do well in this season of the kabaddi league. Our experts think they will go far and may even reach the final but would struggle to win.
If Dabang Delhi indeed reach the final but fail to win it, it will be a double heart-break for them, having lost in the final in the previous season. But if experts are to be believed, that’s what is expected to happen.
Dabang Delhi have two supremely talented raiders in Naveen Kumar and Ajay Thakur. While Naveen was retained from last season’s combination, Ajay is a new find for the team that had lost Chandran Ranjit to Bengaluru Bulls.
Ajay is a well-known kabaddi player, having been the captain of the Indian National Kabaddi Team. Dabang Delhi will be hoping that the combination of Naveen and Ajay will wreak havoc on other teams in this edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.
The team also has a talented corner pair of Sandeep Narwal and Joginder Narwal. These two players understand each other’s gameplay well enough, having played together many times.
In a nutshell, Dabang Delhi have good raiders and defenders. So, what will prevent them from winning? Many players in their team, including Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chillar, Joginder Narwal, and Jeeva Kumar, are towards the end of their careers.
They are well past their peak. While they are still talented, they may not find it easy to win the league for their team.
Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers are other strong contenders in the competition
Bengaluru Bulls Team
Pink Panther Team
The other two teams which are expected to do well this season are Bengaluru Bulls and Pink Panthers. Bengaluru Bulls have a superb raiding unit, thanks to the likes of Pawan Sehrawat, Chandran Ranjit, and Deepak Narwal. While Pawan was part of the team in the previous season as well, Chandran and Deepak are new entrants in its ranks, but Bengaluru Bulls couldn’t have asked for more.
In the last two seasons, Chandran has scored 271 raid points and five Super-10s. Deepak is known to play a consistent game, so he should be an asset, too.
Even though Bengaluru Bulls have a talented side, their young defense is a major weakness. In the last season, their weakness was exposed, as they conceded the highest number of points. In the ongoing season as well, Bengaluru Bulls are likely to have a tough time due to their weak defense. That said, their raiders are capable of taking them far in the tournament.
After having a dismal outing last season, the Pink Panthers seem to be a much better team this time. They have got a new head coach, Sanjeev Baliyan, who has earlier been a national player for India.
They have also retained talented players, like Amit Hooda and Vishal Lather as defenders and Nitin Rawal as an all-rounder. In 2021 auctions, they have managed to get Sandeep Kumar Dhull back in their squad. Dhull is a superb left-corner defender of the Pro Kabaddi League.
While the Pink Panthers are talented, they need to prove their worth by going far in the tournament this time.
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