In an inconsequential Pool A encounter, Italy will take on Venezuela in men’s volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The match holds little value regarding the qualification scenario as Italy has already made it to the quarterfinals, whereas Venezuela, with four losses in as many matches are out of reckoning.
Italy vs Venezuela Match Preview
Italy started off their campaign with a close 3-2 win over Canada. They then suffered a humiliating 0-3 loss against current table toppers Poland. However, Italy made a strong comeback, defeating Japan and Iran by identical 3-1 scoreline. With 8 points in 4 matches, they are currently occupying the second spot in Pool A.
On the other hand, it has been a disappointing Olympics for Venezuela. They have, across all their four matches, won just a single set, which came against Poland. They have not even challenged the rest of the teams and have endured straight set losses against Japan, Iran and Canada. With nothing on the points table in four matches, Venezuela will occupy the last spot in the group even if they win against Italy, which essentially means they are already out of the last-eight race.
Tokyo Olympics: Men’s Volleyball Italy vs Venezuela: Match Venue and Timings
Italy and Venezuela will end their preliminary round when they play against each other on 1st August, 2021. The match will be played in Tokyo’s Ariake Arena.
- Japan (JST): 4:25 pm
- India (IST): 12:55 pm
- United Kingdom (BST): 8:25 am
- Australia (AEST): 5:25 pm
- United States (EDT): 3:25 am
Italy vs Venezuela Match Prediction
Though the match holds little value, Italy would want to end their group stage on a high with a straight set win. They can even finish at the top of the table, if Poland loses 0-3 or 1-3 to Canada. The prediction for the match is Italy will brush aside a sorry Venezuela 3-0, but it’s highly unlikely that they will top Pool A.
Where to watch?
The match will be broadcasted on TV and live streamed worldwide.
Here’s where you can watch it live on TV:
Australia: Seven Network
Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT
Brazil: Grupo Globo
Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada Sportsnet TSN TLN
Caribbean: International Media Content Ltd. SportsMax
Czech Republic: ČT
Estonia: Eesti Meedia
Europe: Discovery Communications Eurosport
France: France Télévisions Canal+
Germany: ARD ZDF
Indian subcontinent: Sony Pictures Networks
Japan: Japan Consortium
Latin America: América Móvil
MENA: beIN Sports
New Zealand: Sky Television
North Korea: SBS
Oceania[iii]: Sky Television
Portugal: RTPRomania: TVR
South Africa: SABC SuperSport
South Korea: SBS
Sub-Saharan Africa: Kwesé Sports
Sweden: Kanal 5
Switzerland: SRG SSR
Ukraine UA: PBC
United Kingdom: BBC/Eurosport
United States: NBCUniversal
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