With a playoff berth in sight for Pro Kabaddi Season 8, Gujarat Giants face U Mumba in their last league match of their campaign at the Sheraton Grand, Whitefield in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Unbeaten in their last four fixtures, Gujarat Giants will look to continue their form and edge past the former champions, who are currently on a three-match losing streak.
After the conclusion of 129 matches in the league stages, only three sides have managed to book their place for the PKL 8 playoffs. The remaining three teams will be decided on the last day of the league stages on Saturday.
How Gujarat Giants can qualify for PKL season 8 playoffs
Gujarat Giants simply need to win their last Pro Kabaddi Season 8 league match against U Mumba to qualify for the PKL playoffs. Here are all the permutations and combinations.
If Gujarat Giants win against U Mumba, then they will qualify for the PKL playoffs, irrespective of Haryana Steelers and Jaipur Pink Panthers’ result in their last league matches.
If Gujarat Giants tie their match against U Mumba, then they would hope both Haryana Steelers and Jaipur Pink Panthers lose their matches for Gujarat to qualify for the PKL playoffs.
If Gujarat Giants lose their match against U Mumba, they will not qualify for the PKL playoffs.
Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba: Top performers from PKL season 8
Rakesh Sungroya has been the best raider for Gujarat Giants with 119 raid points including four super 10s this season. Meanwhile, Parvesh Bhainswal has been the torchbearer in their defence with 52 tackle points across 21 matches. Parvesh has nine super tackles to his name this season, the most by any player in PKL season 8.
For U Mumba, Abhishek Singh has been the lead raider with 176 raid points across 21 matches including seven super 10s whereas, Rinku has been their top defender with 60 tackle points. Rinku has accounted for seven super tackles this season.
Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba: What the numbers say
Gujarat Giants and U Mumba are amongst the top five sides with the most points scored in super tackles in Pro Kabaddi Season 8. Both sides heavily rely on their defence with Gujarat Giants scoring 9.14 tackle points per match with U Mumba marginally ahead with 9.95 tackle points per game.
Gujarat Giants come into the match on the back of a 43-33 win over Puneri Paltan in their previous match on Friday. Mahendra Rajput scored a super 10 while Parvesh Bhainswal scored a high 5.
Meanwhile, U Mumba lost 28-35 to U.P. Yoddha on Thursday. Ajith Kumar scored five raid points while Rinku registered a high 5.
Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba head-to-head record
Gujarat Giants and U Mumba have played each other nine times in the Pro Kabaddi League with Gujarat Giants winning five while losing three with one match ending in a tie.
The reverse fixture between Gujarat Giants and U Mumba earlier this season ended in a 24-24 tie.
Where to watch Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba live?
Live telecast of the Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba Pro Kabaddi Season 8 match will be broadcast on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. The Hindi telecast will be on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of the Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba match will be on Disney+ Hotstar.