We’re officially four games into the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers for Europe. Several teams have risen to the top of their respective groups with perfect 4-0 records, giving them a distinct edge. So far, there have been few surprises in the competition. Some favorites got to sweep their initial games, while a few stumbled in tough matchups.
As expected, global powerhouse Spain has managed to sweep it’s games early on and remain as one of the teams favored to lock up a qualification for the FIBA World Cup.
The Ukrainian team looked sharp for the most part, but they will not have an easy road to hold on to the top spot of this group with Turkey and Latvia able to swing things in their favor with a good run.
Lithuania is off to a hot start in the competition. They are still a perfect 4-0, while Poland and Hungary are still working on improving their win-loss records in order to secure a berth to the games.
The Italian contingent has managed to play to its strengths and their effort has paid dividends. Croatia is a surprising sight at the bottom of the standings considering their history of success. They are feeling the pinch of missing some key players who have been unavailable due to professional commitments.
France has always been one of the top contenders in international competitions such as this, so it comes as no surprise that they have managed to remain undefeated. They will have to watch out for Russia, who has also brought some impressive talent to the tournament.
The Czech Republic holds a narrow edge over Iceland and Finland, so this group could be in for a shake-up in its standings should any team falter and slip.
This group is one of the tougher ones, with both Germany and Serbia vying to claim the pole position. So far, after four games Germany has managed to claim the upper hand. Serbia will need to string a few wins in order to threaten for the group’s leadership position.
Greece has paved a path to its qualification on a road cobbled with some impressive wins. Like Spain, they are one of the countries favored to secure a berth to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.