The second match of the Pool C sees Bulgaria taking on Spain on August 26 at 20:30 local time (Poland). The match becomes extremely important for the Spanish national team which are ranked 33 in the world. Spain do not have a great pedigree when it comes to the major tournaments in volleyball. Bulgaria, meanwhile, come into the fixture 14th in the rankings.
Plamen Konstantinov is coming into the fixture hoping to achieve a repeat of the 2015 group stages when Bulgaria managed to win all three matches. They managed to do so by winning nine sets and losing just four. It is one of the reasons for European Championship odds being heavily in favour of Bulgaria for this game.
Spain come into the match on the back of disappointing performances when it comes to major tournaments. The national team did not feature at the previous 2015 edition. Spain’s last appearance in the European Championship was in 2009 when they finished in the ninth place. As a result, odds are long for this fixture.
Jorge Fernández Valcárcel is the captain and the key player for the Spanish national team. He is definitely worth watching. Viktor Yosifov is the key player at the other end of the pitch for Bulgaria and he is also in the center of attention. Our betting tips for this game see plenty of value in going with a win for Bulgaria mainly due to his presence here. One of the reasons for this overwhelming switch towards Bulgaria is the availability of several other experienced players such as Georgi Bratoev and Svetoslav Gotsev.
Spain are featuring a very poor form at the moment, having lost six of their eight matches. Their only victories were against Estonia (Friendly) and Belarus (WC Qualifier). It will be hard for them to get back on track as their morale is really low right now and their European Championship odds are also long.
Bulgaria won four of their eight matches in three competitions, but their victory against Brazil during the World League back in June weighs the most. They also won against Poland and Belgium this summer, which are two very powerful teams, suggesting an improved form.
The overall H2H score after the last eight matches is in favour of Bulgaria. They are leading with 7-1 and their last victory over Spain was over five years ago when Bulgaria won 5-0. Their two most recent encounters before this one took place in 2012 and 2010, respectively.
Bulgaria is by far the better team here and Spain doesn't stand a chance. History tells us everything and the team from the Iberian peninsula doesn't boast a very coordinated team, as seen in their recent matches. They didn't even participate in the World League. Our prediction is that Bulgaria will win quite easily.
Bulgaria 2nd Set Winner @ 1/4 with 10Bet
Odds for an outright victory of Bulgaria are too short to yield a decent return hence we turned to something a bit more interesting. Historically, Bulgaria has won over 70% of their 2nd sets over Spain, therefore we are going with the odds of 1/4 at 10Bet here.
Spain +1.5 Set Handicap @ 3/1 with Unibet
Betting on the handicap takes places when one team is usually favoured over their opponents. In this case, Unibet offers a great price for a handicap of sets to level the playing field and 3/1 seems quite right. Bulgaria is not in their greatest form ever, thus we expect some resistance on the Spain's side, hence our choice. This pick is great for high riskers.
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