Italy to defend title at 2023 Men’s European Volleyball Championship

  • Poland (+100) is favored over Italy (+200) and France (+300) in the 2023 Men’s European Volleyball Championship
  • Europe’s top 24 national teams will play in Italy, Bulgaria, Israel and North Macedonia
  • The competition will take place from August 28 to September 16, 2023 

Held every two years, the 2023 Men’s European Volleyball Championship will be staged in eight cities across the continent (Rome, Perugia, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Varna, Skopje, Tel Aviv) over the next few weeks.

Italy has claimed the past two best-on-best events, winning EuroVolley 2021 and the FIVB men’s world championship in 2022, but Poland still opened as the favorite. Before we examine the odds, check out all the Sports & Competitions to bet on in 2023. Here’s also where you can see the latest Sports Betting Odds & Picks.

2023 Men’s European Volleyball Championship

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Poland opens as favorites

Poland (+100) opened as favorites despite not winning the Men’s European Volleyball Championship since 2009. They’re coming off a gold-medal victory on their home court at the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League in July, defeating the United States in four sets. The Poles are looking to avenge a finals loss to Italy (+200) at the 2022 World Championship.

It was the country’s first world championship win in 24 years. And, one year previously, they ended a 16-year drought at Europe’s prime competition. Italy is the last tournament host to win on its home soil after accomplishing the feat in 2005. Had they not lost the bronze-medal game to Japan at Nations League a month ago, they might be favored to pull off the same feat again.

Tournament format

The tournament’s four organizers will host preliminary pools from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. In Pool A, Italy is joined by Serbia, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Switzerland. Bulgaria welcomes Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Spain and Finland in Pool B while North Macedonia hosts Poland, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark and Montenegro in Pool C. Finally, Israel battles France, Turkey Portugal, Greece, Romania in Pool D.

Sixteen nations (four in each pool) will advance to the quarterfinals from Sept. 9th to 12th in Bari, Italy and Varna, Bulgaria. Bologna, Italy will then host the semi-finals and finals from Sept. 14 to 16th.

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The Olympic champs

France (+300) won Olympic Gold at the 2022 Beijing Summer Games as well as VNL 2022. However, they were downed in five sets by the United States at this year’s Nations League. France’s last men’s European title was way back in 2015.

EuroVolley longshots

Slovenia (+900) finished runner-up at EuroVolley in both 2019 and 2021. They also secured fourth-place at the 2022 world championships before losing in the quarters to Japan in Nation’s League in July.

Serbia (+1400) failed to make it out of the preliminary rounds at the VNL. However, their nation has triumphed at this event in both 2011 and 2019.

Best Bet

While Italy fell to Japan in the bronze medal game of the recent Nations League tournament, it’s hard for championship squads to motivate themselves to play for third.

We’ll take the Italians to defeat Poland on their home court this September. 

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