The women's national teams of Japan and Montenegro will meet in the match of the 2nd round of the group stage of IO-2020. Will the Japanese women be able to fight?
The Japanese women's national team is an outsider of group A, and this does not mean the current tournament position, but the tournament layouts and the capabilities of the national teams. In the first match, the Japanese women tried to resist the Netherlands, but the attempts remained only attempts - a defeat with a score of 21: 32. After the first half, Japan lost 10-18, and then lost in the second - 11: 14.
But Montenegro started the group stage with a victory, and quite convincing - Angola was defeated with a score of 33: 22. However, it is worth paying attention to the fact that the defeat began only after the break, and in the first half there was an approximately equal fight, during which Angola was able to score twelve times, and in response missed thirteen.
Statistics and figures:
- Japan (w) lost in four of the previous five matches;
- Montenegro (w) won in one of the last three matches;
- Montenegro (w) won against Japan (w) in three face-to-face confrontations out of four.
Only a miracle can help Japan not to lose. However, it is hard to believe in a too big defeat of the hosts of the tournament, so I bet on Victoria of Japan with a handicap of +9.5.