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Volley Superlega, 22nd day. Play-off fight and salvation: what a cross! Piacenza-Trento the big match


Five teams for a place in the Super League, three teams for second place behind the very successful leaders Perugia. The fight for salvation and the fight for the positions of excellence in the play-off area cross each other on matchday number 22 which, unless there are last minute changes, should take place in its entirety, thanks to the rediscovered availability of some players of the Lube Civitanova who had to skip the last two races due to a Covid outbreak in the squad group.

The key match is played in Piacenza where a Gas Sales Bluenergy injury, a victory in the last four races, with two unforeseen defeats at Cisterna first and then Taranto (less surprising than Wednesday in Perugia), tries to get back on track and not take unexpected risks at the end of the season by hosting an Itas Trentino that comes from two consecutive victories and with one victory could continue to dream of second place, waiting for Civitanova’s recoveries. The Trentino players hope to recover at least one between Podrascanin and Lavia, absent in the midweek recovery won in Padua, Piacenza will do without Lagumdzija, struggling with physical problems, and in his place there will be Stern. Teams on the field Sunday at 6pm.

Complicated commitment for the leaders Sir Safety Perugia who is approaching the victory of the regular season in great strides but will have to deal with one of the most in shape teams of the moment, the Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia who cannot look anyone in the face (and not he is doing it) to win the points that serve to achieve salvation. The Calabrians, thanks to the successes in sequence with Verona and Monza, have exited for the first time in a long time from the relegation zone but Perugia is a perfect car and after that they will only be missing three games at the end of the season. The victory for the Umbrians could be decisive for the conquest of the first place in the regular season after the 3-1 success against Piacenza on Wednesday in the match valid for the 23rd day. It is played on Sunday at 3pm.

Alarm returned to the Lube Civitanova home after the many cases of Covid found about ten days ago. The company from the Marches has made it known that the athletes and members of the red and white staff in fiduciary isolation are negative for Covid-19 and has resumed training in full ranks from Wednesday in view of the far from simple trip scheduled for Sunday at 18 on the field of Gioiella Prisma Taranto, another unsafe person who has made many big players suffer within the walls and who absolutely needs points since she has only 2 points of advantage over the relegation zone.

In the relegation area there is Kioene Padova which during the week failed to take advantage of an incomplete Itas Trentino to take a decisive step towards salvation and try again by hosting a very well-launched Allianz Milano: the Milanese have won the last two games, they overcame Monza in the fight for fifth place and could even attack Modena in fourth place. On the other hand, the Venetians are the only ones, together with Cisterna, to have only three games available to achieve salvation and therefore cannot afford missteps. Teams on the field Sunday at 20.30

Speaking of Cisterna, the Lazio players, 23 points (2 more than the relegation zone) will be on the scene against the fourth force of the championship, the Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena who comes from the success of Verona and wants to bring home at least the fourth place, with a little thought for something better. Emiliani favorites but pay attention to a Top Volley that made a real feat last week going to win in Vibo Valentia and, considering that in the recovery of last day he will have to go to Civitanova, he will have to try to move the ranking to avoid nasty surprises. It is played on Saturday at 20.30

Whoever can move the classification, or rather must move it, in the relegation zone is Verona which faces the away match in Ravenna against the already relegated Consar RCM. Three points are a must for Stoytchev’s team which would make a decisive step forward but which in the first leg risked something with the Romagna players and therefore cannot afford distractions. Climbing to 24 with three races still to be played with Civitanova, Piacenza and Monza would mean creating a small buffer in view of a season finale that is anything but simple. Teams on the field Saturday at 6pm at PalaDeAndrè.

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