Road to France: Four teams perfect

Belarus, Montenegro, Slovenia and Latvia are a perfect 3-0 as the qualifiers for next year’s Eurobasket Women is in full swing.

Group A

Belarus are away to Ukraine later this evening as they look to improve to 4-0 and force the other teams to play catch-up. They struggled to a 51-47 opening day win over Hungary, but have since been comfortable in defeating Portugal, who are 0-3 and Israel.

Ukraine, Hungary and Israel are all on a 1-1 record thus far. All of these sides play tonight with the other game seeing the Israelis hosting Hungary.

Portugal play on the 27th at home to Israel.

Group B

Montenegro travel to bottom placed Estonia tonight with a 3-0 record and a lot of confidence on their shoulders. They’ve recorded three comfortable victories against neighbours Serbia, Switzerland and Poland and will look to continue it in Tallinn.

The other game today will pit Poland and Serbia with Switzerland taking the customary game day off.

Group C

2013 will be the home of basketball as Eurobasket arrives in the small nation of Slovenia, but for the Slovenian women’s team, they are looking to enter France in that year for Eurobasket Women and they have got off to a perfect 3-0 start as they prepare for the Slovak Republic in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

Before the Slovaks head to Slovenia, they must first defeat basement side Holland in Kosice tonight. Joint bottom Belgium host Lithuania at the same time.

Group D

In the tightest group of the five, joint top Spain travel to Bucharest to face Romania as they look to open a gap on surprise joint leaders Sweden, who beat the Spanish in their previous encounter.

Sweden play on Wednesday against Germany – the latter plays three days before at home to Bulgaria in Oberhausen.

Group E

3-0 Latvia face Finland this afternoon as the Baltic nation looks to distance itself from the pack.

The Latvians are on six points with three teams: Finland, Italy and Greece on 1-1 records. The latter two teams meet tonight with basement side Luxembourg not in action until Wednesday, when they host Greece in Contern.