Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Turkey co-hosted the last edition in 2019 ©Getty Images

The 2021 European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) Women's European Volleyball Championship, hosted in Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, is set to get underway tomorrow with Pool B and Pool D action.

Bulgaria host Greece in Plovdiv as Romania welcome Turkey to Cluj-Napoca.

The tournament is due to conclude on September 4.

All matches in Pool A, the semi-finals and the final are set to take place at the Štark Arena in Belgrade in Serbia, while Pool B games, the round of 16 and the quarter-finals will be played at the Kolodruma in Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

Meanwhile Pool C and Pool D fixtures are to be contested in Krešimir Ćosić Hall in Zadar in Croatia and the BTarena in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, respectively.

Pool A is the only one in the tournament to feature multiple national teams that represented Europe in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Serbia and Russia are expected to compete for the top spot of the pool when they meet on August 25.

Fresh from winning their second straight Olympic medal, a bronze in Tokyo, the Serbians will once again count on the firepower of their stars - opposite Tijana Boskovic, who was included in the Olympic Dream Team, setter Maja Ognjenovic and middle blocker Milena Rasic - to try to become the first team to win three straight continental titles in the last 20 years and secure their fourth title.

Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina and France make up the rest of the pool.

In Pool B, Bulgaria will be looking to win its third medal as hosts after taking gold in 1981 and bronze in 2001.

Russia has won the Women's European Volleyball Championship 19 times, making it the tournament's most successful country ©Getty Images
Russia has won the Women's European Volleyball Championship 19 times, making it the tournament's most successful country ©Getty Images

Two-time European champions Poland have the strongest squad in the pool and will be tipped for a second straight semi-final appearance at least.

Germany finished sixth in the 2019 championship and are in a position to challenge both Bulgaria and Poland for the top spots in the pool, especially after the return of star player Louisa Lippmann.

Czech Republic and Greece are not tipped for success but with promising youngsters such as Raquel Montero and Martha Anthouli on either side, respectively, they should not be written off.

Italy, Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Switzerland will meet in Pool C with the Italians tipped to top the group.

Co-hosts Croatia are expected to secure a spot for the round of 16, especially with home-court advantage.

Slovakia will look to emulate their results from the 2019 edition two years ago where the country beat Belarus and Switzerland.

Belarus is set to compete at its fifth consecutive tournament.

Hungary is in its fourth consecutive European Championships while Switzerland is aiming to better its 19th placed finish last time out.

Turkey and The Netherlands are set to battle for the top spot in Pool D.

They are joined by hosts Romania, Ukraine, Finland and Sweden.

Turkey have won two silver and two bronze medals in their history at the tournament and reached the semi-finals at each of the last three editions.

The Netherlands won the competition on home soil in 1995.