Bulgaria go for third all-time Grand Prix win over Croatia


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 21, 2017 - Croatia host Bulgaria Saturday in Varazdin in what is the third time the two sides come head-to-head in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Bulgaria have beaten Croatia on both previous occasions, in 2014 and 2015 - but Croatia did beat Bulgaria in five sets last time the two met, at the 2015 European Championship.

• Croatia and Bulgaria have met twice at the World Grand Prix. Bulgaria won both encounters.
• In 2014, Bulgaria won 3-1 and in 2015 they needed five sets to clinch the victory.
• Their last encounter came at the European Championship in 2015 when Croatia won in five sets in the group stage.
• The last time this encounter ended in straight sets was at the 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament when Bulgaria won 3-0.

• Croatia have won only one of their seven 2017 World Grand Prix matches, a five-set victory against Argentina in their second fixture.
• That is Croatia's only victory in a World Grand Prix five-setter (L2).
• Croatia could equal their longest World Grand Prix losing streak, when they lost all six matches in the 2015 tournament. That run included a five-set loss against Bulgaria.
• Croatia have lost all nine World Grand Prix matches against CEV opposition.

• Bulgaria have lost four of their seven 2017 World Grand Prix fixtures. They had never previously lost more than three matches in a single World Grand Prix campaign.
• Of Bulgaria's four defeats in the 2017 World Grand Prix, three have been in a deciding set (also 3-1 versus Puerto Rico).
• Bulgaria could lose three consecutive World Grand Prix matches for the first time.


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