A B C D E Busto Arisizio Conegliano Vakifbank Eczacibasi Dinamo Kazan Rzesow Nantes Mulhose Lokomotiv Kaliningrad Chemic Police Schwerin Fenerbahce Maritza Plovdid LP Salo Olomouc W 2nd 15/16 Uralochka W 2nd 13/14 W 2nd 17/18 Novara
I really like the poules this year and are way more balanced than the last few years IMO
Most balanced poule on paper and would be really nice to watch! Busto Arisizio and probably Scandicci (although I hope Stuttgart can make an upset) will finish first and second in the poule. On the other hand they don't seem to be that dominant and both Rzesow and Schwerin have built teams who can challenge them.
Imoco Conegliano and Fenerbahçe will defenitly finisch at the top of the poule. However I'm curious how Fenerbahçe will perform in CL this year. Last year they fell short of my high expectations and IMO Robinson is a way better player than Busa. On the other hand Busa proved multiple times in Serbian NT she is capable of covering Mihajlovic in serve receive.
Most unbalanced poule and easy way for Vakifbank to the next round. I'm happy probably LKS Lodz will end up in this poule. They have built a competitive squad, so excited to see what they can accomplish.
Seems like a tough poule! LP Salo will not play a significant role, but Eczacibasi, Lokomotiv Kaliningrad and Dynamo Moscow are all capable to beat eachother. Eczacibasi built a whole new team with some talented players, so excited to see how they will perform as a team. Lokomotiv Kaliningrad did a good job the last few years in CL, but they seem a but weaker than last year after Cleger left amd they don't sign a replacement for her. On the other hand Dynamo Moscow seems stronger than last year. Natalia big upgrade over Havelkova and Romanova is used to the Russian system so probably a better fit than Carlini at the setter position.
IMO the toughest poule! For me both Dynamo Kazan and Novara are one of the favourites to win the CL this season. Bricio is a really good transfer and Fabris had a great first year in Russia last season. Next to that they have one of the best Russian players in Startseva, Koroleva and Malova. Novara built a well balanced team and if all players play at their best, they can beat every team. Chemik Police is a good team who can make a suprise.