Poland look for rebound as they host Iran


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2017 - Poland host Iran Satuday in Lodz, looking to rebound after losing four of their last five FIVB World League matches - including a four-set loss when the two sides met on the opening weekend of the current season. This is the 10th time Poland and Iran come head-to-head in the history of the competition, with the European side leading the series 5-4.

• Poland and Iran are gearing up for their 10th encounter in the World League. From the previous nine, Poland won five and Iran four.
• The last four meetings in the World League have seen neither side able to secure back-to-back victories.
• In the first week of the 2017 World League, Iran defeated Poland 3-1.


• Poland have lost four of their last five World League matches, after beginning the 2017 tournament with consecutive victories.
• Poland lost four matches in straight sets in the 2016 World League. The first two of those came in back-to-back fixtures versus Russia and Serbia, and the other two came in back-to-back matches against France and Brazil.
• Poland have lost six World League matches in straight sets since the last time they won a fixture in the tournament by a 3-0 scoreline, versus Russia on 28 May 2015.
• In Poland's last 20 World League matches, they have won the opening set only five times.

• In all five of Iran's World League campaigns (including 2017), their opening seven matches have produced three wins and four defeats. Only in 2016 did they go on to lose their eighth fixture.
• Iran have not lost consecutive World League matches in straight sets since July 2014 (against United States and Italy).
• Iran have won each of their last six World League five-setters, since they lost the decider against Poland on 6 June 2015.
• Iran have lost the opening set in 10 of their last 13 World League matches.


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