Italy open their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign with a game against the Philippines in Group D.
Both the teams will be looking to start the campaign with a win, knowing getting the one over mighty Serbia will be an uphill task. So in a sense, the 2nd place is what the remaining three teams, including the fourth team Angola in this group, will be fighting for at the group stage.
What competition it is? 2019 FIBA World Cup
The match will be played between the Philippines and Italy at Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena. The arena has a capacity of 14,700.
Match Day: August 31, 2019, @ 05:00 PM IST
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How did they qualify:
Placed in Group D alongside Netherlands, Romania and Croatia, Italy topped the group and didn't find any difficulties in qualifying for the 2nd and the penultimate round.
The Italians accumulated 20 points on their way to a 2nd place finish, behind Lithuania, and qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Philippines: A second-place finish in Group B handed them a place in the 2nd round, where, after an initial struggle, they managed to finish 4th.
Though the Philippines finished fourth in the group, they still managed to qualify for the World Cup by the virtue of being the best 4th-placed team in the qualifying rounds.
PHI vs ITA Dream11 team News:
Squad for the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
Paul Biligha, Luca Vitali, Danilo Gallinari, Daniel Hackett, Amedeo Della Valle, Marco Belinelli, Alessandro Gentile, Ariel Filloy, Jeff Brooks, Amedeo Tessitori, Awudu Abass, and Luigi Datome
Philippines: Head coach Yeng Guiao named a strong 12-man squad for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Here is the squad:
Andray Blatche, Robert Bolick, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Mark Barroca, June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Gabe Norwood, CJ Perez, Troy Rosario.
Players to watch out for: (Captain options)
Danilo Gallinari: An absolute superstar. And the fact that he is coming off a very very solid season in NBA, makes the 31-year-old an outright candidate for the most points in this game.
Marco Belinelli: The San Antonio Spurs' superstar had a solid end to the season as he averaged around 15 points per game.
Gabe Norwood: The captain of the team. He is undoubtedly the most experienced player on Philippines' roster. Worth having on your roster.
PHI vs ITA Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
There's not a lot between these two teams. But Italy may just edge this game due to the more experience on their roster.