Italy vs Belgium 2021 Women’s European Volleyball Championship Predictions and betting tips

Italy vs Belgium will be the seventh game in round of 16 knockout stage of the 2021 Women’s European Volleyball Championship.The Italy vs Belgium round of 16 knockout out game at the 2021 European women’s Volleyball Championship will take place on August 30, 2021 at the Stark Arena in Belgrade.

We will be giving you our predictions for the Italy vs Belgium women’s volleyball round of 16 game by analyzing both teams and offer you some betting tips as well.

Let’s start off by analyzing the Italy women’s volleyball team.

Italy Women’s Volleyball Team

Italy’s Women’s Volleyball is ranked as the 8th best team in the world and the 4th best team in Europe according to FIVB. In 2002, Italy won it’s first women’s volleyball world championship becoming the fifth country to win the championship after Russia,Japan,Cuba and China. 

Italy were also runners up in the last world championship in 2018. Italy is also one of the few European teams to have consistently qualified for the Olympics. Even though the Italians have never won a medal in the Olympics they have qualified for every Olympics since 2000 and have always reached the quarter finals.

Italy also won the women’s FIVB world cup in 2007 and 2011. Italy has won 2 European Championships so far. The first one came in 2007 and the second one in 2009. Italy finished third in the last European Championship in 2019.

Even though Italy had a disappointing time at the 2021 FIVB World League, Italy put in a solid performance in the Olympics. Italy were runners up in Pool B and defeated much stronger opponents like Russia and Turkey.

Italy qualified for the knockout stages by finishing as leaders of Pool C. They won each of their 5 games and have one of the best sets won to sets lost ratio so far in the tournament.

Italy women’s volleyball team key players

Italy has a very young and promising squad compared to many of the stronger teams in the tournament like Serbia and Russia. Their captain Miriam Sylla is only 26 years old and won the best outside spiker award in the 2018 Women’s FIVB world championships and the 2019 European Championship.

Paola Egonu is only 22 years old and won the best opposite hitter award in the 2018 FIVB world championship when she was just 19 years old. She was also the MVP in the 2018-19  CEV Champions League, the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship and in the 2020-21 Italian League.

25 year old Ofelia Malinov won the best setter award in the 2018 FIVB world championship when she was just 22 years old.

The Italians also have talented young players like 19 year old Sarah Luisa Fahr who is a middle blocker and 21 year old Elena Pietrini who is a wing spiker.

These young players have a lot of potential to grow and form a winning team.

But this doesn’t mean the Italians don’t have any experienced players. 34 year old Monica De Gennaro is one of the best liberos in Europe and she won the best libero award in the 2018 FIVB World Championship.

Belgium Women’s Volleyball Team

Belgium’s women’s volleyball team is currently ranked 12th in the world and 7th in Europe by FIVB. Belgium. Belgium has never qualified for the Olympics and has never won a prestigious international tournament. 

In fact Belgium failed to qualify for the world championship from 1982 to 2010. When they did qualify for the tournament in 2014, they crashed out pretty early in the tournament. They failed to qualify for the last world championship in 2018.

Belgium also failed to qualify for the European championship between 1989 to 2005.They have consistently qualified for the tournament since 2013 which was also their best finish in the tournament when they finished 3rd. 

In the last European championship in 2019, Belgium were knocked out by Russia in the round of 16.

Belgium qualified for the round of 16 in the 2021 European Championship by finishing 4th out of 6 in a very competitive Pool A. Pool A consisted of the winners of the 2019 championship, Serbia and Russia who are ranked as the 3rd best team in Europe. 

Belgium pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament by beating Russia 3-2 which included winning a set by a massive 12 point gmargin. Belgium were looking set to finish as runners up in Pool A but were humiliated by France, a team that was ranked as 33rd in the world and 15th in Europe.

Belgium women’s volleyball team key players

21 year old Britt Herbots is one of Belgium’s star players. She plays as a wing spiker is one of the most lethal attackers in the tournament. Herbots was the top scorer and the top attacker during the preliminary round of the 2021 FIVB nations league. 

Had Belgium qualified for the final round, she surely would’ve ended up as the MVP and the top attacker in the league.

She is currently the second highest scorer in the 2021 European Championship and has the 3rd highest set average at 6.44 points scored per set.

Belgium also has a pretty good middle blocker in 24 year old  Marlies Janssens. Janssens is ranked as the second best blocker so far in the tournament and has made 16 kill blocks in 18 sets.

Janssens has also registered the second highest number of aces in tournament and is currently ranked as the third best server in the tournament.

Italy vs Belgium Odds in the Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2021

Bookmakers are offering the following odds for the Italy vs Belgium game in the round of 16 stage at the 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship:

  • Italy 1.09
  • Belgium 6.00

Based on these odds we can see that Italy are believed to be the clear favorites for this game. If we convert these odds to percentages we can see that bookmakers predict that Italy has a 91.7% chance of winning the game while Belgium has a 16.7% chance of winning.

Italy vs Belgium Game Predictions in the Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2021

The last time these two sides met each other was on June 20, 2021 at the 2021 FIVB nations league. Belgium won the game 3-2. 

Even though Italy looks like the better team and has put in an impressive performance in the championship so far we think the bookmakers are underestimating Belgium.

Belgium has beaten Russia as we mentioned earlier which is a much stronger team than Italy and they have the caliber to beat Italy,albeit by fine margins.

Keep in mind that Belgium faced very tough opponents in the group stage while Italy faced very mediocre teams.

That being said, we expect Italy to win by 3-1 or 3-2. We wouldn’t be surprised if Belgium beats Italy either.

Italy vs Belgium in the Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2021 Betting tips

We don’t recommend you to put a match winner bet on Italy because the payout would be very low. For example if you place a $10 bet on Italy to win you will only get back $10.91.

Based on our predictions you could opt to put in a match a small winner bet for Belgium because the odds are very good for them and even if they are the underdogs they do have a fighting chance.

Another option could be a low risk but medium payout one. This involves creating a combo bet with these betting options:

  • Italy to win
  • Total points Over 165.5. (usually around 45 total points are scored per set and because there is a good chance Belgium could take the game into a 4th set, that means we can reasonably expect around 180 points)

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