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FIVB World Grand Prix Week 3 live streaming - Brazil under pressure in Group 1

Brendan O'Neill in Volleyball 19 Jul 2017

Week 3 of the Preliminary Round of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 1 will see under pressure Brazil bid to secure their place at the Finals in Nanjing.

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The defending champions have scored just three victories in two of the three weekends of the Preliminary Round and will need to pull out all the stops in front of their home crowd in Cuiaba from Thursday to Sunday.

Jose Roberto Guimaraes’ team need three wins to progress to the Final Six in China (August 2-6) but face a tough task with Belgium, the Netherlands and USA standing in their way.

The Netherlands currently sit second in the standings thanks to five wins and just one defeat from six outings, while arch-rivals the USA boast four wins to date as the world champions continue their bid for a seventh FIVB World Grand Prix title.

“The attitude of our team in our last match against Japan was better and we have to keep training to evolve. We have to play like a real team, only then we can succeed,” coach Ze Roberto told the tournament's official website. 

Olympic silver medallists Serbia also have five wins to their name and are well poised to secure one of the much sought after Finals berths. The Serbs are in Hong Kong this weekend where they'll face hosts China, Japan (four wins so far) and Russia (two wins so far). 

In Bangkok, Italy will look to build on impressive wins over Olympic champions China and world champions USA last week, when they face Turkey, the Dominican Republic, and hosts Thailand.

In Group 2, the Czech Republic, Korea, Germany, who were relegated from Group 1 last year, and Poland each have five wins to their name as they look to secure a place in the Final Four, which will be played on July 29 and 30 in Ostrava. 

Those four nations are well ahead of Bulgaria, Peru, Colombia and Puerto Rico, who are all on three wins in Group 2.

Korea also have the benefit of home advantage for the final weekend of Preliminary Round matches as they welcome Kazakhstan, Colombia and Poland to Suwon. 

Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany all face off in Peru.

Argentina, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico and Croatia are all in action in Varazdin.

The winner of Group 3 of this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix will be determined this weekend in Australia with the hosts up against Hungary, France and Venezuela in Canberra on Saturday and Sunday.

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