Perugia vs Lube: prediction and bets on 2021/22 SuperLega, May 1, 2022
Sir Safety Conad Perugia and Cucine Lube Civitanova have reached the final act of the 2021/22 season of the Italian men’s volleyball SuperLega Credem Banca. The first match of the playoff series will be played on Sunday, May 1, at PalaBarton in Perugia, starting at 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Moscow time).
Lube will compete in the 8th series of Scudetto Finals, the 5th in a row and the 4th in a row against Perugia. The best-of-5 challenge will begin in the PalaBarton in Perugia, as it did last year. The current form of Perugia Perugia won a 5-game semi-final series against Modena, which was concluded with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-15) triumph at home in PalaBarton. Their rivals coached by Andrea Giani had won the first set but had to face the Umbrians’ comeback, with the battle between the two being particularly hard in the third set. But then Perugia pushed hard on the pedal in the fourth to close the encounter and eliminate Modena. The current form of Lube The 5th match of the semi-finals in the Eurosole Forum between Lube and Trentino was closed by the reigning Italian champions 3-2. It was a tornado of emotions, with the Trentino guys, who led 2-0 in the series, responding point by point to win the first set. There was a return of Ivan Zaytsev and his teammates in the second set, but they had to surrender again in the third set before hammering the opponent in the fourth set and finally winning the match in a tie-break highlighted by numerous blunders on both sides. When the ball is hot, however, the team with the most quality wins, and what happened on the court that day proved the claim correct. It was only the fifth time in the SuperLega postseason history that a team has come back from a 2-0 deficit in the series. Trentino, on the other hand, were disappointed to have failed to reach the season’s fourth final. Head-to-head encounters It will be the 56th challenge between Perugia and Lube. The latter is a win ahead of the rivals, with 28 victories to 27. It’s also going to be their 23rd match in the playoffs (with Lube winning 12 and Perugia winning 10) and the 20th in a series of title finals (11 wins for Lube, 7 for Perugia). The first direct battle for the Italian Championship occurred in the 2013/14 season when Lube won their 3rd Scudetto with 3 victories in 4 games. The two rivals will meet for the third time this season on Sunday. The balance of the two previous regular-season face-offs favors the Umbrians, who were able to impose themselves in four sets on Lube’s court in the first part of the season and repeat the success at home in the second part with even the greater difference in sets.
Perugia are the favorites in the upcoming game, and by looking at the odds set by the bookmakers with betting bonuses, they are even bigger favorites than they were compared to the odds released just a couple of days ago. Sure, Lube will be in a subordinate position in some way in Game 1, especially due to the fact that one of their pillars Osmany Juantorena won’t play due to injury, but the heart of the champions should never be underestimated. So, we recommend not to bet on the win of one or another team but on points handicap for the whole match of -9.5 for Perugia at an odd of 2.10 at Shangri La.