Brazil vs ROC: can Russia win?
On July 28, Brazil national team will take on Russia in the third round of the Olympic volleyball tournament. Can the Russians get a win? We have made a prediction for this match, which you can find below.
Brazil have made an ambiguous impression at the tournament. After the starting victory over Tunisia in three sets, they played an extremely difficult match against Argentina. The Brazilian athletes had to play very hard to make a comeback from losing two sets (19:25, 21:25, 25:16, 25:21, 16:14).
Russia had a smooth start to the tournament. The team has defeated both Argentina and the USA in four sets. This guaranteed the Russians a ticket to the playoffs, but they still should try to take a higher position in the group standings to get an easier opponent in the first knockout round.
In the last two head-to-head matches, the team that won the first set won the match.
In three of their last four matches, Brazil have beaten their opponents by more than three points in the first set.
Bookmakers expect five or at least four sets to be played in this match. We take the liberty of disagreeing with this. At the group stage the teams are trying to not overcomplicate their game in order to save energy for the playoffs. We do not believe in a long match: in the last two head-to-head games the teams played only three sets.
Our prediction - total under 187.5 points
We believe that Brazil will be able to pull themselves together after the unsuccessful match against the Argentines and will defeat Russia. The Brazilians also lead the head-to-head, so they know how to play against the Russians.
Second prediction - Brazil to win