In what can be a virtual knockout match, USA will take on Argentina in their last preliminary Pool B encounter of men’s volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Whosoever loses this contest, will in all likelihood, fail to make the cut for the quarterfinals.
USA vs Argentina Match Preview
USA got off to a resounding start in Tokyo by annihilating France 3-0. But in the very next match, they were comprehensively defeated by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) 1-3. USA made a comeback and got the better of Tunisia 3-1, though suffered another loss at the hands of Brazil with the scoreline reading 1-3. With 6 points from 4 matches, they are currently placed at fourth position in Pool B.
Argentina has followed almost the similar path, with two wins and as many losses. They started with a 1-3 loss to ROC, and followed it up with a close 2-3 defeat to Brazil. Argentina then made a stunning comeback, by edging out France 3-2. But what will hurt them is their 3-2 win over Tunisia as it robbed them one point (According to the volleyball rules, if the match goes into the fifth set, the losing team gets 1 point, instead of 0 whereas, the winning team receives 2 points instead of 3). With 5 points in 4 matches, Argentina currently find themselves outnof contention for the last-eight spot.
Tokyo Olympics: Men’s Volleyball USA vs Argentina: Match Venue and Timings
This mouth-watering match will be played on 1st August, 2021 at the Ariake Arena, Tokyo.
- Japan (JST): 9:45 pm
- India (IST): 6:15 pm
- United Kingdom (BST): 1:45 pm
- Australia (AEST): 10:45 pm
- United States (EDT): 8:45 am
USA vs Argentina Match Prediction
While Argentina want either a 3-0 or 3-1 win, a mere win for USA will be enough for them to progress to the next round. If the match goes into the decider and Argentina wins, both teams will end up with 7 points, and the qualification will go on to who have a better sets won to sets lost ratio and further to the ratio of points won to points lost. However, if France loses its next match against ROC by 0-3 or 1-3, then it will be a three-way tie of 7 points, but in that scenario, USA and Argentina would qualify as they would have a better sets won to sets lost ratio. Just expecting for a drama in Pool B, so the prediction is Argentina wins against USA with the scoreline reading 3-2.
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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