2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship Semi Final Netherlands vs Italy Predictions and Betting Tips

Netherlands vs Italy will be the second game in the semi final of the 2021 Women’s European Volleyball Championship.The Netherlands vs Italy Women’s volleyball semi final game at the 2021 European Volleyball Championship will take place on September 3, 2021 at 8:00 PM Central European Summer Time at the Štark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.

We will be giving you our predictions for the Netherlands vs Italy Women’s volleyball semi final game by analyzing both teams and offer you some betting tips as well.

Let’s start off by taking a look at the Netherland’s Women’s volleyball team:

Netherlands Women’s Volleyball Team Preview

We have covered the Netherland’s women’s volleyball team many times on slotfreespin during the 2021 Women’s volleyball European Championship. We are dropping a quick summary about this team below:

  • The Netherlands women’s volleyball team is ranked as the 5th best team in Europe and the 9th best team in the world by FIVB.
  • This team has been slowly rising since 2015 to become one of the strongest teams in the world. This trend started with a runners up finish in the 2015 European Championship.
  • This team went on to reach their first ever semi finals at the Olympics in 2016.
  • They reached the finals of the European Championship for a second time in a row in 2017.
  • They also struck a new personal record at the world championships by reaching their first ever semi finals in the 2018 FIVB world championship.
  • Finished as the second best European team in the 2021 Nations League.

Team Netherlands performance in the 2021 CEV Women’s championship

Based on this quick summary you can clearly see why this team has made it to the semi finals of the 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship. The Netherlands also had the 3rd highest points won to points lost ratio in the group stage. They qualified for the knockout stage as runners up to Turkey which is the best ranked team in Europe.

The Netherlands faced Germany in the round of 16 which is the 6th best team in Europe. They beat the Germans 3-1 in a closely contested game and qualified for the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals they faced Sweden, a team which was pretty mediocre on paper but defeated a much stronger team like Bulgaria in round of 16. The Dutch had faced the Swedes in the group stage and defeated them 3-0 and repeated this performance in the quarter final to set up this semi final match against Italy.

Netherlands Women’s Volleyball Team Key Players

25 year old Juliet Lohuis has been one of the best blockers in the tournament. She currently ranks as the 4th best blocker in the tournament with an average of 0.86 kill blockers average per set. 

Lohuis is also the best blocker amongst all the 4 teams left at this stage of the competition. Lohuis also ranks as 6th best server in the tournament scoring an average of 0.55 aces per set.

The Netherlands also has a talented setter in Britt Bongaerts is ranked as the 7th best setter in the tournament with an efficiency of 44.85%.

Italy Women’s Volleyball Team Preview

We have also covered Italy’s women’s volleyball team plenty of times. We are dropping a quick summary of the achievements of this team to help you save time:

  • Italy is ranked as the 7th best team in the world and 3rd best team in Europe.
  • Italy were runners up in the last world championship in 2018.
  • This is one of the few teams in Europe to consistently qualify for the Olympics.
  • Italy finished 3rd in the last Women’s volleyball championship in 2019.
  • At the 2020 Olympics, Italy finished as runners up in a group where they were the second lowest ranked team. They achieved this by defeating much stronger opponents.

Team Italy performance in the 2021 CEV Women’s championship

Italy was one of three teams to qualify for the round of 16 undefeated. Italy also was also one of 2 teams to have lost only 1 set in the group stages. Italy also had the second highest points won to points lost ratio in the group stage.

If you thought that wasn’t enough, Italy also has the best points won to points lost ratio in the knockout stage of the tournament:

TeamPoints wonPoints lostw/l ratio
Italy1731111.558558559
Turkey1721201.433333333
Serbia1721261.365079365
Netherlands1751491.174496644

Italy had a pretty tough road to the semi finals. They beat Belgium 3-1 by a massive 30 point gap. Belgium is the 8th best team in Europe. Italy chased this big win by humiliating Russia 3-0 by a 32 point margin in the quarter finals. Russia was ranked better than Italy at this point and were considered to be one of the favorites to win the tournament.

Italy Women’s Volleyball Team Key Players

22 year old Paola Egonu looks set to be the MVP of this tournament.She currently ranks as the third best scorer in the tournament. Poala has scored an impressive 6.09 points per set on average. Paola also ranks as the second best server in the tournament.

She has scored an average of 0.74 aces per set. Poala is also the best server of all the teams left at this stage of the tournament. Paola also ranks as the third best spiker in the tournament averaging 4.91 kill spikes per set.

Poala has some backup though in 21 year old Elena Pietrini. Elena ranks as the 9th best scorer and 7th best spiker in the tournament.

Italy also has the second best setter in the tournament in 23 year old Alessia Orro. Alessia has an efficiency of 57.36% compared to the legendary Serbian setter, 37 year old Maja Ognjenovic who has an efficiency of 60%. Those are some impressive numbers when you consider the fact that the third best setter has a much lower efficiency at 48.21%.

At 23, Alessia still has plenty of time to reach her prime and she could possibly end of becoming a better setter than Maja Ognjenovic as time passes by.

Netherlands vs Italy 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship Odds

Bookmakers are offering the following odds for the Turkey vs Serbia women’s volleyball game in the quarter finals of the 2021 European Championship:

  • Netherlands 4.00
  • Italy 1.20

Based on these odds we can see that Italy are the clear favorites. If we convert the odds into percentages, bookmakers believe Turkey only has a 25% chance of winning the game.

Netherlands vs Italy 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship Predictions

We can clearly see that Italy looks like the stronger side on paper. Yes, the Netherlands did defeat Italy in the 2021 Nations league which was played just 1 month before the 2020 Olympics. But consider this many of the teams participating in the olympics like Serbia,Russia and Italy underperformed in the nations league.


These teams were focused on winning the Olympics and played cautiously in order to avoid injuries.

Italy also has a stronger team with much better players. We don’t expect the Netherlands to go down easily though and expect the game to be decided in the 5th set with Italy walking away with a 3-2 win.

Netherlands vs Italy 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship Betting Tips

When it comes to sports betting, odds matter and in this case we think even if you are a fan of Serbia you should not put a simple match winner bet on Italy to win because the payout is very low for this option.

If you compare the payouts for both teams you will see that your profit for Serbia is only 0.20x your bet while the payout for Netherlands is 3x times your bet amount.

If you are a Netherlands fan betting on Turkey might be a good option for you. If you are a Italy fan or a neutral fan we recommend you to place some combos bets. Combo bets will increase your payout.

Some bets you can choose to run with to make a combo bet are:

  • Italy to win
  • Total points over 180.5
  • Will there be a 4th set. Yes
  • Will there be a 5th set. Yes