Hosts Argentina look to stop unbeaten Dutch


Pool L: Argentina v Netherlands (11 July)

· The Netherlands have not lost a set in their previous three World Grand Prix matches against Argentina, including a 3-0 win this year.
· Argentina scored 34 points in their 3-0 defeat against Netherlands last week, one point less than their previous fewest of 35 in a 3-0 defeat against Brazil in 2011.
· The Dutch also defeated Argentina 3-0 in their only other meeting at a major tournament, at the 1982 World Championship.

· After winning their opener against Croatia last week, Argentina have added three consecutive defeats. On Friday, Canada proved too strong in the first match of week 2 (3-1).
· Still, they have the chance to equal their best performance in the first five matches of a single World Grand Prix campaign. In 2011 and 2013, they won two of their first five, the best mark for Argentina.
· This will be Argentina’s fifth match in front of a home crowd in World Grand Prix history. In 2014, they beat Peru, Canada and Cuba in Buenos Aires, while they lost to Canada in Formosa on Friday.

· Last Friday, Netherlands kept their perfect record by beating Poland in straight sets. They have won all four of their World Grand Prix matches in 2015, including three in straight sets.
· Netherlands are still on course to repeat last year’s performance, when they won all six matches in the first two weeks. Their longest ever streak at the start of a World Grand Prix campaign is eight wins, in 2009.
· Netherlands have won 14 of their last 16 World Grand Prix matches, including 10 in straight sets. The two defeats were five-setters against Puerto Rico and Belgium in 2014.
· Since the start of the 2014 edition, only reigning champions Brazil (14) have won more World Grand Prix matches in straight sets than Netherlands (9).


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