Italy vs Argentina: can the Argentines surprise again?
On August 3, Italy and Argentina face off in the quarterfinal of the Olympic volleyball tournament. Will there be intrigue in this match? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Italy finished second in their group. The team has scored 4 victories and lost one game to the national team of Poland. The Italians couldn't win a single set from Poland. In the last match of the group stage, Italy defeated Venezuela in three straight sets.
Argentina gave the most unexpected performance at the group stage. Few expected that the team would be able to qualify for the playoffs. But in the last match of the group stage, they beat the Americans in three sets and secured the third position in the table. Only Russia and Brazil were able to defeat the Argentines at this tournament.
In the last three matches of Argentina, they managed to maintain this positive handicap.
In the last three matches of Argentina, this bet won.
We think that physically this will be a very challenging match for Argentina. They have played three games of five sets at this tournament and must be quite tired. Italy don't have such a problem and should use it to their advantage, putting a lot of pressure on the opponent. Then Argentina will rush, realizing they can't have another five-setter, and they will make mistakes. Considering these factors, we think that Italy have a better chance to win.
Our prediction - Italy to win.
We expect some intrigue from this match. The Italians are the favourites, but it's hard to believe that they can get an easy win over the Argentines. We suggest betting on the total over, which will play if the teams exchange winning sets.
Second wager - total over 177.5 points.