China vs ROC: any chance for the Russians?
On July 29, China and Russia face off in the third round of the Olympic volleyball tournament. Will China get their first victory at the tournament? Our answer is in the prediction below.
China women's national team cannot yet boast of any particular success at the Olympics. In the two starting matches, they were unable to stop the Americans and the Turkish, losing both games in three straight sets. There is still a chance to fix their tournament position, but they must win the next match to reach the playoffs.
Russia suffered a devastating defeat from the Italians (23: 25,19: 25,14: 25), but in the second round, they beat the Argentinian team in three sets (25:19, 25:15, 25:13). The match against China should show in what form the Russians are and the chances for their successful performance at the tournament.
In one of the last three head-to-head matches, the teams played four sets.
In four of the last five head-to-head matches, this bet played.
The first matches of these teams showed, that both China and Russia are ready to fight. We think that Russia will objectively struggle in this upcoming game, but they should be able to maintain the positive handicap offered by bookmakers.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (+17,5) to ROC
Prediction: Handicap (+17,5) to Russia
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We expect a tough match, but it is unlikely that many sets will be played: probably just three, at most four. This is why it makes sense to bet on total under. This bet will play if the match ends in three close sets.
Second wager - total under 163.5 points