With teams having played 17-18 games now, the road to playoff qualification has become much clearer. 10 teams are still in contention to qualify for the playoffs, while Puneri Paltan have already reached the next round, and the Telugu Titans are out of contention to progress.
The top two teams advance directly to the semi-finals, while the next four teams compete in a knockout round, with the winners advancing to the semi-finals. Thus, SportsCafe is looking at the qualification scenarios for all the teams still in contention.
18 games; 63 dots; differential of 49 points
Likelihood: They are almost certainly eligible.
Despite an extra game, the Bulls lead the Jaipur Pink Panthers by four points. However, they will also be aiming for second place in order to secure a direct entry into the semi-finals. As already stated, Panther play will likely determine who places where on the table. Although the Panthers won their previous match against the Bulls in PKL 9, they are now in great shape and will not be an easy opponent.
Current position: 3
Played: 17; Points: 59; Score difference: 94
There are five matches left. Bengaluru Bulls (November 30), Telugu Titans (November 28), Bengal Warriors (December 3), Haryana Steelers (December 5) and Gujarat Giants (December 9) are the upcoming teams.
They basically have one foot in the playoffs.
The Bengaluru Bulls lead the Panthers by four points in third place. They still have five games to play and a pair of wins should guarantee them a place in the knockout stages. The defending champions are in fine form at the moment, having won four of their previous five matches. From now on, keeping their second place will be a priority to be able to go directly to the semi-finals. On November 30, a victory against Bangalore will significantly advance this cause.
Current status: 4
Played: 17; Points: 55; Score difference: 45
There are five matches left. Bengal Warriors (November 28), Puneri Paltan (December 9), U Mumba (December 2), Bengaluru Bulls (December 4) and Tamil Thalaivas (December 7)
The probability is very high to qualify.
The UP Yoddhas are having a good season with 4 wins in 5 games. Their results against Puneri Paltan and Bengaluru Bulls would directly affect their rankings. The stars are aligning for UP Yoddhas, and they must take advantage of it. Pardeep Narwal was in excellent shape, sand narwhal has joined the team and Surender Gill is expected to return shortly.
Current position: 5
Played: 18 | Points: 53 | Score difference: -15
Dabang Delhi (December 3), Telugu Titans (December 3), UP Yoddhas (December 7) and Haryana Steelers (December 10) are the four games remaining.
Chance: reasonable chance.
The remarkable late comeback of the Tamil Thalaivas will be capitalized on. The injury of Sagar Rathee, who replaces injured Pawan Sehrawat, could complicate things for coach Ashan Kumar. With a victory over the Gujarat Giants, the team moved up to sixth place, although the lower score differential was still an issue. To achieve their goal of reaching the playoffs, Tamils Thalaivas need to easily win all their remaining matches and hope.
Current position: 6
Played: 18 | Points: 51 | Score difference: 3
There are four games left. Bengal Warriors on December 8, Puneri Paltan on December 3, Tamil Thalaivas on November 30.
Dabang Delhi want to defend their championship for the first time since Patna Pirates, and their consistency is one area they need to work on. They got off to a good start, are down to eight losses and are just starting to find their groove. Given that Naveen Kumar’s performance has been declining over the past few weeks, Vijay Malik’s return from injury has been a huge boost. A few wins in their next games will bring them closer to a second championship, but giving up a win like they did against the Bengaluru Bulls would be of no use.
Current position: 7
Played: 17 | Points: 49 | Score difference: -3
There are five matches left. U.P. Yoddhas [November 29]Gujarat Giants [December 2]Dabang Delhi [December 6]bengaluru bulls [December 10]Haryana Steelers [November 29],
Probability: Quite high.
U Mumba discovered the form at the perfect time. After three straight defeats, their victory over the Bengal Warriors on Saturday will be a huge boost of confidence heading into the final stretch of the tournament. In Surinder Singh’s absence, Rinku Narwal managed the defense and the team while Guman Singh and Ashish showed excellent raiding skills. U Mumba will face three clubs that are higher on the table, but if they win even two of those games, they will secure a place in the playoffs.
Current position: 8
Played: 17 | Points: 48 | Score difference: 32
There are five matches left. On November 28, the UP Yoddhas, on December 2, the Haryana Steelers, on December 3, the Jaipur Pink Panthers, on December 8, the Dabang Delhi, and on December 10, the Patna Pirates.
Probability: Quite high
If the Bengal Warriors stick with it, they have a good chance of making the playoffs. The defending champions are just three points behind sixth-placed Dabang Delhi, who has played one game more. They will put their trust in this fact. They have a very good score differential, but to qualify for the last six they need to win at least three of their remaining games.
Current position: 9
Played: 18 | Points: 48 | Score difference: -36
There are four games left. Bengal Warriors (December 10), Bengaluru Bulls (December 7), Puneri Paltan (December 5), Gujarat Giants (December 2)
Probability: Not very high.
The Pirates must win every game from now on. With just two wins from their previous six games, the most successful club in PKL history are suffering from a string of unfavorable results. If Mohammadreza Shadloui and company are to have any real chance of winning a fourth championship, they will have to step up their efforts considerably. Although they played an extra game, they are level on points with Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas. If both teams win, the Pirates’ chances are gone.
Current position: 10
Played: 17 | Points: 41 | Score difference: -18
There are five matches left. Bengal Warriors (November 29), U Mumba (December 2), Jaipur Pink Panthers (December 5), Telugu Titans (December 8) and Tamil Thalaivas (December 10) are the next teams.
Likelihood: Extremely unlikely.
The Steelers fell short of expectations and they still have a tough schedule ahead of them that includes four games against higher ranked teams. Although they have a game in hand, they would still be two points behind Patna Pirates even with a win. Without a miracle, they are out of playoff contention.
Current position: 11
Played: 17 | Points: 36 | Score difference: -50
There are five matches left. Puneri Paltan (November 29), Patna Pirates (December 2), U Mumba (December 4), Telugu Titans (December 6) and Jaipur Pink Panthers (December 9) are the next events.
Probability: There is almost no chance.
Even though Ram Meher Singh might be PKL’s most successful coach, this team hasn’t had much luck. They have lost eight of their previous ten games, including their last five, to injuries to key players. They have little chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
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