PREMIER BADMINTON LEAGUE heads to Bengaluru tonight and the home team Bengaluru Blasters takes on Hyderabad Hunters.
It's a crucial tie for both the teams as they are placed 4th (Hyderabad) and 5th (Bengaluru) on the points with one point separating them.
The Hunters need to buck up as they've had two losses while Bengaluru will play their third tie tonight they too will want to get back o winning ways.
The Trump match still continues to be there. Each team strategically selects one of the 5 matches that they play in a Tie as their Trump match. In a Trump match, a victory gives the team a bonus point and a loss gives it a negative point.
The difference is in the point system, from 15 points it is now 11 points game which will make it tricky and challenging for the teams.
TFG analyses and predicts the winner of the match based on a possible line-up of players, as the teams have to announce their team and Trump match only an hour before the game.
BENGALURU BLASTERS vs HYDERABAD HUNTERS
The following shuttlers are likely to play against each other in their respective categories; men's singles: Viktor Axelsen (Bengaluru) vs Rajiv Ouseph (Hyderabad); women's singles: Porntip (Bengaluru) vs Carolina Marin (Hyderabad); men's doubles: Ko Sung Hyun/Yoo Yeong (Bengaluru) vs Tan Boon/Tan Wee (Hyderabad); mixed doubles: Ko Sung/Ashwini Ponnappa (Bengaluru) vs Satwik/Chau (Hyderabad); men's singles: Sourabh Verma (Bengaluru) vs Sameer Verma (Hyderabad).
It remains to be seen which matches each team will nominate as their Trump match.
The Hunters hold an edge over the Blasters in certain aspects but expect a close contest.