JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11 : Must win encounter for Japan sees them step out looking to cut off the deficit from the qualification spots
There couldn’t have been a better opportunity than this one accorded to hosts Japan to succeed at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup but unfortunately, the side have done nothing but squandered the pristine chance dished out to them. Languishing in the bottom part of the points tally, the side have been dismal, falling to dejecting defeats to find themselves pertinently chasing a spot in the qualification round.
Slumped in 8th place with just the 3 wins from 8 matches, Japan have done little else but to squirm their way through to specks of good showings with apart from the sporadic stellar movements of attacking play nothing going the sides way. Their previous defeat to Brazil, 3-0 routing was vindictive of this rhetoric, a match which the side should have shown the stomach for a fight in rather than being flayed in the manner they were.
It was a defeat indicative of how much the side have regressed in the marquee tournamnet, a result which condemned them to the conundrum they find themselves in. With every match for them being a must win clash as things stand now, they enter the fray of today’s contest against Serbia looking to finally punch above their weight and stand tall amongst a worthy opponent.
Elsewhere, Serbia have their own agendas to fight for with the side currently occupying 6th place with the four wins and four defeats from 8 encounters. A win would massively boost their cause for a spot in the top 4, seeing the quest for three points take precedence over everything else for the outfit after their 3-1 sordid defeat against Korea in the bygone match.
Probable Playing 6
Nana Iwasaka (C), Sarina Koga, Erika Shinomiya, Yuki Ishii, Mai Okumura, Akane Moriya
Katarina Lazovic, Sladjana Mirkovic, Teodora Pusic, Ana Bjelica (C), Maja Aleksic, Silvija Popovic
JPN-W vs SER-W Match Prediction
With both the sides having been defeated in their previous matches, falling to disappointing results to peg their journey back and see them being pegged in their ambitions of making it to the ensuing round, either will be well aware they can’t afford to lose today. Both have not only endured similar seasons but have showcased the same strengths and aberrations as well, strong in attacking but jittery in defence.
This narrative is one which tilts the balance in Serbia’s favour who should be able to register a win today owing solely due to Japan’s lacklustre quality in defence.
FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup
Match Details: Japan Vs Serbia
Date And Time: 27th September, Friday- 3:30pm
Venue: Osaka Arena, Osaka
Television: FanCode, Volleyball TV
- Erika Shinomiya, Yuki Ishii
- Katarina Lazovic, Maja Aleksic
- Yuki Ishii
- Ana Bjelica
Best Ball Blocker
- Erika Shinomiya
- Maja Aleksic
JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11Libero
Japan’s Mako Kobata is selected by us as our pick in the libero position given the momentous role she is going to have in her side’s gameplan for today’s match. At a time when her side have failed to impress, dwindling in defence with the middle blockers failing to conjure up blocks and returns, Kobata has managed to show reslliance in the face of adversary to become our pick for this one.
JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11 Setter
Serbia’s Sladjana Mirkovic is our setter not only due to her accurate ability to set up play and assist her hitters but also the lethal ability of her attackers to make her sets count and send the ball crashing down into the other side of the court. It should see her get a good amount of assists today as she keeps linking up with her forward players and ticking points off in this clash.
JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11 Blocker
With both the sides falling on multiple occasions in defence to find themselves in the positions they currently occupy, we decided to venture into the encounter with the safe pick for his fixture. It came in the form of Serbia’s Maja Aleksic, the side’s best coring blocker with 23 stuff blocks.
While this will be a largely attacking encounter, the better defence will thrive and massively outweigh the balance in their side’s favour, making Maja a big difference maker in this clash.
JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11 Attacker
While we have been largely laying emphasis on the defensive failures of both the sides, it would be only fair of us to laud the side and serenade them with all the plaudits for the vigour and tenacity they have showcased in the attacking side of the game. Both have crafted some clinical and ruthless plays in the frontcourt, seeing us get the one hitter apiece from either side for today’s match.
From Serbia we are getting in Katarina Lazovic, someone who has 65 spikes till now whilst the 117 spikes for Yuki Ishii make her a regulation choice from Japan. The hitter has been in daunting form across the life of the tournamnet, dismissing sets with disdain to imbed in unstoppable shots, ones defences have had little chance of stalling.
JPN-W vs SER-W Dream11 Universal
While her 143 spikes were always going to see her become our choice in this facet, Serbia’s universal, Ana Bjelica has also been handed over the serving responsibility by her side, seeing her pick up 94 hits from them. Her two toned nature will immerse our side in a slew of point scoring opportunities, making her an instant pick to close out our side for today’s impending match.
Ana is our side’s captain for this one while we are going in with Yuki as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.