Italy vs Belarus by Majorleague
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Match of Group B.
The general consensus is that Turkey will be favourites to fight it out with Belarus for pole position. Belarus has the twin towers of Yelena Leuchanka and Anastasiya Verameyenka in operation once again after the latter recently returned from maternity leave. Throw into the mix the hot-hand of Katsiaryna Snytsina on the wings and the decision to naturalise the defensively supreme Lindsey Harding and Belarus will arguably prove one of the toughest nuts to crack during the coming weeks. We have been waiting the entire preparation period for it to happen and finally it is coming, with Anatoli Buyalski's selection blending nicely on the court, holding on in tight situations for a pair of wins over Czech Republic.
Italy will be focusing on the spirit of the Final Round in 2013 when they defied expectation to seal a quarter-final place. Relying on Beretta Famila Schio duo Giorgia Sottana and Raffaella Masciadri as well as the energy of Francesca Dotto who played so beautifully on French soil two years ago, they must move up an offensive gear if they want to make the journey to Hungary for the second phase. Italy tripped and stumbled their way through May and early June, giving very few the belief that this is a team capable of returning to the quarter-finals. They will need a huge turn around in form from their warm-up games if this is to be achieved.
Hopefully Belarus can take advantage of Italy's form, pick Belarus.
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|Belarus -6||Pinnacle||1.85||8||76-85 WON (+6.8 units)|
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