Last Updated on Sep 16, 2021 11:11 AM
Venue: auron Arena Krakow
Itst is a heavyweight clash in the European Championship as World No.2 Poland take on defending champions Serbia. The Poles defeated Portugal in 4 sets in their only game so far in the tournament while Serbia followed up a 4 set win over Belgium by dispatching Ukraine in 3 sets. They have struggled big time in this fixture, however, with Poland having won each of the last 4 competitive encounters.
Uros Kovacevic has racked up 40 points now in his 2 games in the Euros. He had 11 attack points, 1 ace, and 1 block point against Ukraine last time around.Aleksandar Atanasijevic dominated against Ukraine, racking up team-high figures of 12 attack points and 4 aces. He now has 27 points in his 2 games. Nikola Pekovic is the Libero pick for this one as Serbia are very much the underdogs here. He has 26 total receptions (23 net) in his 2 games, and we can expect a busy outing for him against the Poles who had the Portuguese Libero go for 31 total receptions (net 28)
Wilfredo Leon Venero led Poland in the Olympics with 103 points, and he impressed in their opener here with 14 attack points to go with 14 total receptions (13 net).
Bartosz Kurek was second to Venero in the Olympics with 89 points and he led both teams in points against Portugal. He registered 14 attack points, 2 block points, and 2 aces.
Jakub Kochanowski was tied with Venero on 14 points against Portugal. He had 7 attack points, a game-high 5 aces, and 2 blocks. He was also tied for the most blocks on the team in the Olympics.
Venero Jakub Kochanowski
Srecko Lisinac Marko Podrascanin
Michał Kubiak Bartosz Kurek
1. Wilfredo Leon Venero: Venero led Poland in attack points and aces in the Olympics. He did not have quite that same impact in the opener, but we back him to deliver big returns here as he did when these teams last squared off in the Nations League, scoring 26 points (13 attack, 13 aces).
2. Uros Kovacevic: Kovacevic did not hit the same heights against Ukraine as he did against Belgium in the opener when he had 27 points, but he remains a very good pick for captaincy. He also picks up points consistently with receptions, having 45 total receptions (net 42) in two games.