Japan vs Italy: can Italy stop the Japanese team?
Japan has won two matches at the start of the tournament. Will they get the third victory in a row over the Italians? We made a prediction for the game on July 28, which you can find below.
Japan national team has started the tournament very strongly. They have defeated Venezuela in three sets in the first round, followed by a victory over Canada in four sets. Objectively, their chances of reaching the playoffs are very good. But it is extremely important to keep getting points in the remaining matches or to hope for the failure of the Canadians
Italy managed to outplay the Canadians in a very tough match. Having lost the first two sets, the Italian team made an impressive comeback and snatched the victory. In the confrontation with Poland, the Italians looked decent, but they still lost (20:25, 24:26, 20:25). A victory over the hosts of the Olympics guarantees Italy a place in the playoffs.
This bet played in one of the last three head-to-head matches.
Two out of four head-to-head games ended in three straight sets.
We believe that the Italian team has all the chances to win a landslide victory. The Japanese look good at the Olympics, but they have a class disadvantage. The Italians, on the other hand, should be focused and play without outright errors. In the game against Poland, they had a chance to win, but it did not work. In this match it should be relatively easy though.
Our prediction - total under 181.5 points
The Italians are the favorites for the upcoming match. Japan may win a set, but even if four sets are played, the Italians most likely will break through a relatively small handicap.
Second prediction - Asian handicap to Italy (-8.5) points