In the Week 5, Brazil need only three points in any combination while Turkey and Serbia need one win with three points. Also, the Netherlands have their chances if they score two wins with full points while in the similar situation are Italy, who this final round will play at the home soil and have their chances to jump in the first five teams on the standings.
Pool 17 – Stuttgart (GER, NED, TUR, CHN)
In Stuttgart, the most interesting match will be between the Netherlands and Turkey who will clash in the most deciding match for the spot at the F6. It’s the first encounter between the two sides since coach Giovanni Guidetti switched sides, moving from the Netherlands to Turkey.
At this moment Turkey are the 4th with 9-3 and 28 points while the Netherlands have 9-3 with 26 points. As we already mention Turkey need one straight victory while the Dutch girls need to score two wins out of three matches.
On the other side, China already secured F6 as organizers so they are here just to play the last round. We expect that Lang Ping has stayed in China with the strongest team to prepare for the big event while the second lineup went to Germany. The hosts Germany will just try to keep their position and secured the spot for 2019.
Pool 18 – Walbrzych (POL, RUS, DOM, JAP)
From all parameters, this will be the less interesting pool than other three. Russia and Poland are the favorites but the Russians girls might have the chances but very poor while Japan can be very tough opponents and the Dominican Republic still didn’t find the right play. For now, the Caribbean girls have only two wins.
Pool 19 – Eboli (ITA, BEL, BRA, THA)
Matches in Eboli will be decisive for Italy. In front of the home spectators, they will fight for the spot in Nanjing. Their real opponents will be Brazil but at this moment all teams are dangerous since that they need all three wins or better say 9 points from this round! Also, we must mention that Italy stayed without two players due to knee injuries!
Pool 20 – Sante Fe (ARG, KOR, SRB, USA)
This will be another interesting pool considering that Serbia and USA will face each other – the two of three main favorites for medals. But we cannot forget that the European champions will play with the changed team; with the young players. On the other hand, Serbia need the three-point win to secure the ticket for F6 and if they fail to do this in the first round, then they will ask for a chance against their next opponents, Argentina and Korea.
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our Volleyball Nations League 2018 / Female page.