Defending champions France come into the game against Turkey after having faced Belgium in the first game of the Pool D. France are expected to make a major impact in the 2017 tournament, although they come in with a lower position of nine in the FIVB rankings. The defending champions are up against Turkey in the second group match of the Pool D. Turkey come into the game after having faced Netherlands in the opening match. Odds do not expect a major impact from Turkey in this game.
The encounter between Turkey and France will take place at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland on August 28th, and the match will begin at 20:30 local time.
The odds remain in favour of France being able to defend the title, but the possibilities of such an event seem to be remote. Laurent Tillie might be happy with France making it to the latter stages of the tournament, as the team need to regroup after the first ever European Championship success in 2015. Even though the national team has appeared in 27 European Championship tournaments over the course of their existence, they have been able to win just one.
Turkey have not been able to enjoy the pleasure. The team also comes to the fixture with a ranking of 27. Again, we do not expect a major impact from Turkey in the tournament, and they are even expected to struggle to get past the group stages. Our tips are in favour of France getting a crucial victory in this game to move towards qualification for the knockouts.
French libero Jenia Grebennikov and spiker Jean Patry proved to be key players during the World League as well as in the first round of the European Championship. Spiker Trevor Clevenot is also a valuable player that will probably be in the center of attention.
On the Turkish side, Emre Batur and Mert Matic are the key players and you should keep and eye on them. They helped Turkey win against Netherlands on August 25th.
Turkey started the 2017 Volleyball European Championship with a victory against the Netherlands. They did terribly at the World League, losing six out of seven matches this summer.
France, on the other hand, are now World League champions and this says pretty much everything about their recent form. However, they started the tournament quite poorly, losing against Belgium 2-3, but the volleyball odds still favour them.
The two teams met four times in the past six years and France won every single time. Two times, France won 3-1 and two times 3-0. France do very well away as well.
France are the World League champions now and Turkey is simply in a completely different league. We expect France to win with a major difference given their exceptional form, and Turkey simply doesn't have the skills and tactics to overtake France's efforts.
France 1st Set Winner @ 1/5 with Unibet
France are one of the favourite teams to win the tournament and it's no surprise that they are doing pretty well. If we skip the match against Belgium, in which they fought really hard, their form is excellent. Their very well-prepared team is what makes them stands out. Historically, France has always taken the first set against Turkey (check the last six matches). Unibet offers a price of 1/5 for this market.
Set Betting: France 3-0 @ 9/10 with Ladbrokes
Definitely a riskier pick, but France has a fantastic history with Turkey, having won two times 3-0 and two times 3-1 in the past six years. Plus, they are now the World League champions and facvourites to win the European Championship. Ladbrokes offers a good price of 9/10 for this market.
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