Brazil vs ROC: will the Brazilians get revenge?
On August 5, Brazil and Russia square off in the semifinal of the Olympic volleyball tournament in Tokyo. Which team will get into the final? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Brazil suffered the only defeat at the Olympic tournament, and it was from the Russians, who beat Brazil in three straight sets. The South American team advanced to the playoffs from second place in their group. In the quarterfinals, the Brazilians prevailed over the hosts of the Olympics (25:20, 25:22, 25:20). In that match, Brazil gained stability, as evidenced by confident victories in three sets.
Russia reached the playoffs of the Olympic Games from first place in the group. The team scored victories over the national teams of Argentina and the United States in four sets and defeated Brazil, Tunisia, and Canada in three sets. The only defeat the Russians suffered was from France in four sets (21:25, 25:20, 17:25, 20:25).
In the last two matches against Brazil, the Russians overcame the indicated handicap in the first set.
In the last two head-to-head matches, more than 46 points were scored in the first set.
Without a doubt, Brazil will have made adjustments to their game and will aim to get revenge for the last two defeats from Russia. The Russians should be ready for this, but we don't think they will be able to get an easy win this time. We believe that the Brazilians will put up a good fight.
We suggest betting on total over 182.5 points.
We believe that Brazil have noticeably improved during the tournament. The latest victories over the French national team in five sets and a three-set win over Japan confirm this. At the same time, it is hard to believe that Russia will not be able to win at least two sets, the team looks very solid.
Second prediction - Asian handicap (+1.5) sets to Russia.