Telugu Titans will look to make full use of their home advantage in the next four games of the Pro Kabaddi League 2015, and dethrone U Mumba from the top of the table.
Defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers remain the first stop in the target, with the Titans a much more confident side in this edition of the Pro Kabaddi League than their Jaipur counterparts.
The Pink Panthers have immense work to do. With five losses and just two wins, they have to somehow make a turnaround to atleast make seal top four place, or else the defence of their title will end prematurely.
They are currently in sixth position, with 13 points, with the same number of points separating them from the second-placed Telugu Titans.
The match between the two takes place today at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
In the first leg this year, the Telugu Titans had effortlessly beaten the Jaipur Pink Panthers, and they will be looking for the same today as Iranian raider Meraj Shaykh gets the opportunity to lead the Hyderabadi side in the remaining games this year.
"Meraj is unarguably one of the most experienced players of the team. With the virtue of his skill and seniority, he will be able to utilize all the the youngsters in the team to their maximum potential," Titans owner Srinivas Sreeramaneni was quoted as saying.
"Telugu Titans are not about their individual stars but are about a team coming together to give each game their best shot."
Sukesh Hegde and Prashant Kumar Rai remained the key players for Telugu Titans in the game against the Patna Pirates, as they defeated the home side by a whopping 12 points.
Their big 35-21 loss to the Bengaluru Bulls in the last match can however trouble them. But the home support today can bring out the best in star raiders Deepak Hudda and Rahul Chaudhary.
For the Jaipur Pink Panthers, all's not over, as they can still make a mark in the competition with seven games remaining in the regular league season this year.
And their latest win against the Puneri Paltan two days back, is expected to give them the much-needed confidence.
The match gets underway at 8 pm IST (3:30pm BST).
Previous meeting - 27 July, 2015: Jaipur Pink Panthers 22 - 33 Telugu Titans
Where to Watch Live:
Pro Kabaddi League: Telugu Titans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers, can be caught LIVE on Star Sports.
Hindi Coverage - Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 3, Star Gold
English Coverage - Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2
Telugu Coverage - Maa Movies
Kannada Coverage - Suvarna Plus
Marathi Coverage - Star Pravah (Sunday Matches only)
UK viewers can catch the action on Life OK