Italy vs Russia 2021 Women’s European Volleyball Championship Quarter Finals Predictions

Italy vs Russia will be the third game in the quarter final of the 2021 Women’s European Volleyball Championship.The Italy vs Russia quarter final game at the 2021 European women’s Volleyball Championship will take place on September 1, 2021 at 4PM in the Stark Arena in Belgrade,Serbia.

We will be giving you our predictions for the Italy vs Russia women’s volleyball quarter final 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

We have covered this team in our other match previews. We have decided to summarize why this team is considered to be a favorite to win the championships:

  • 8th best team in the world, 4th best in Europe according to FIVB rankings
  • Runners up of the last world championship in 2018
  • One of the few teams in Europe to consistently qualify for the Olympics
  • Finished 3rd in the last European Championship in 2019
  • Finished runners up to the USA in Pool B of the Olympics in a group where they were the second lowest ranked team in a group of 6 teams.

Italy had been in decent form before the tournament began with a solid performance in the Olympics. Even though Italy was trashed 3-0 in the quarter finals by Serbia, Italy defeated much stronger European teams like Russia and Turkey who are ranked as the 3rd and the best ranked team in Europe respectively.

In the group stage, Italy had the second highest points scored to points conceded ratio of all the 24 teams and qualified for the round of 16 as winners of their group.

They beat Belgium 3-1 in the round of 16 with a convincing 30 point gap.

Italy women’s volleyball team key players

We have talked about Italy’s important players in our match preview for the Italy vs Belgium game. We talked about how this team has talented younger players with a lot of room to develop compared to other elite teams in the tournament like Serbia and Russia.

22 year old Paola Ogechi Egonu has been excellent in the 2021 European Championship. She is the third best scorer in the tournament so far and averages 6.25 points per set. In the game against Belgium Paola was the highest scorer in the team grabbing 27 points in 4 sets outperforming her average at or 6.25 points with an average of 6.75 points against Belgium. Paola is currently the second best server in the tournament with an impressive 0.85 aces scored per set.

23 year old Alessia Orro has also been a stand out performer for the Italians. She is currently the second best setter in the tournament with an efficiency of 61.26%. That is a very impressive statistic when you consider the fact that the third best setter in the tournament has an average of 50%.

21 year old Elena Pietrini is currently the 8th best spiker in the tournament with an average of 4.15 point scored per set. She outperformed this average by grabbing an average of 4.75 points against Belgium.

Russia Women’s Volleyball Team Preview

We have talked a lot about Russia’s women’s volleyball team in our other match previews. Here is a summary of the Russia’s women’s national volleyball team:

  • Russia is currently ranked as the 7th best team in the world and 3rd best team in Europe
  • Russia has won the most number of European Championships and was the most successful team in Europe when they played as the USSR and one of the best teams in the world.
  • Russia’s dominance started to decline and results have been mixed since the 90’s.
  • This team has consistently qualified for the Olympics since 2000 but has only managed a quarter final finish since 2004 when they won a silver medal.
  • Russia won the European Championships in 2013 and 2015 but never made it past the quarter finals since then.

Now that we have that covered, let’s take a look at Russia’s performance in the 2021 women’s volleyball european championships.

Russia finished runners up to Serbia in Pool A and lost to Serbia and Belgium. Serbia are undefeated in the European Championships since 2017 whereas Belgium is ranked lower than Russia as the 7th best team in Europe.

Russia faced Belarus in the round of 16 but Russia won the game by a margin of just 3 points. This can be considered to be a poor performance for a team of Russia’s caliber since Belarus are one of the lowest ranked teams in the tournament.

Russia Women’s Volleyball Team Key Players

Russia has some pretty solid players in its rosters like we mentioned in our other match previews for the 2021 Women’s Volleyball European Championship.

We will be talking about some stand out performers in the tournament so far.

Arina Fedorovtseva is currently the 4th best scorer in the tournament and has scored an average of 4.88 points per set. She is just 17 years old and looks set to be the best young player in the tournament. Arina is also the best server in the tournament so far and has scored an average of 1.38 aces per set.

Russia’s libero,Daria Pilipenko is currently the best receiver in the tournament with a perfect reception stat of 46%.

Italy vs Russia Quarterfinals Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2021 Odds

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

  • Italy 1.08
  • Russia 6.33

Based on these odds we can see that the Italians are the clear favorites to win this one. When you convert the odds into percentages it turns out that bookmakers believe Italy has a 92.6% probability of winning.

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

Between 2019 and 2021 Italy and Russia have faced each other 4 times in a major tournament. Italy has won 3 of those games.

Italy and Russia have played each other twice this year. The first meeting between these two teams occurred during the 2021 FIVB women’s nations league where Russia won 3-0 by a margin of 7 points.

They then faced off in the group stage in the 2020 Olympics this August,where Italy won 3-0 by a 14 point margin.

Prior to that, these two faced off in the quarter finals of the 2019 European Championship in August of 2019. Italy won this closely contested game 3-1 with a margin of 7 points.

That same year, these two faced off in the 2019 FIVB women’s nations league and Italy humiliated Russia by winning 3-1 with a massive 36 point margin.

Based on the recent performance and form of both teams we predict that Italy will win this game but we expect Russia to put up a strong fight. We believe the score will be 3-1 to Italy.

Italy vs Russia quarter finals Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2021 Betting tips

Betting on Italy seems like the obvious thing to do for this game. However, we don’t recommend doing that because the payout for this outcome is very low. You will only win 0.08 your bet amount. That means for every $10 you bet you will make less than $1 in profit.

In situations like this making combo bets is a good option. We have gone into details in regards to this in our article How to win at sports betting

Here are some betting options that can you can choose to combine into a combo bet:

  • Italy to win
  • Will there be a 4th set? Yes
  • Total points over 146.5 
  • First set points over 42.5

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