France vs Brazil 11.01.2017. – Handball World Cup

France vs. Brazil / Handball World Cup – This match marks the beginning of the 25th Handball World Cup. As usual, the hosts have the honour to open this great competition and in this case it is France, but not only that, because this team is also the current world champion and reigning Olympic vice-champion. Their opponent is Brazil, a team that does not nearly have such achievements and the only thing they can boast is that they have one of the best South American teams. The French have in recent years won all possible trophies and indeed it can be said that they are the rulers of the world handball. Brazil has failed to make a sensation at the Olympics last summer at home and they were eliminated in the quarter-finals, when they lost to France with 34:27. The French have defeated the Brazilians at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008, and the World Cup in 2013 when it was 27:22. Begins: 11.01.2017. – 20:45 CET

France

This competition will in many ways be special for the French. This great team has won all there was to win, many times in the recent past, but they are now at home and a special motivation is to win another trophy and thus also say goodbye to some of their big stars, such as goalkeeper Omeyer and left back Narcisse. This maybe is the last competition for some handball players such as Guigou and Sorhaindo. The biggest change when the French are concerned happened at the coaching position and they will now be lead by Didier Dinart, which is no surprise because this once brilliant defender led the game at the Olympics in Rio, from the bench, while former national coach Claude Onesta was only an observer.

As for the team, there were no major changes compared to the previous big competition and it is clear that they will be led by Nikola Karabatic, one of the best handball players in the world, while we certainly should not forget to mention their brilliant goalkeeper Omeyer, who is still in great shape. Kentin Mahe has played great in preparatory matches, who plays at two positions, left wing and center back, and there are of course the great right wing Abalo, pivot Sorhaindo as a new young force, right back Remili.

Probable lineups France: Omeyer, Guigou, N,Karabatic, Mahe, Remili, Abalo, Sorhaindo

Brazil

Brazil can boast with the title of champions of South America, except that it is not a title that will make some the best European teams fear from Brazil. Virtually their only real rival on the continent is Argentina, while the championship where they will play with Europeans is another story. They hoped that they might manage to surprise at the Olympic Games last summer at home and made a solid success by reaching the quarter-finals, but still they could not because they ran into France. They can boast that they in this competition defeated the current European champions, the Germans, as well as the semi-finalists of the last World Cup, the team of Poland.

When it comes to friendly matches before this championship, there were some oscillations and they minimally mastered Romania, and they were by far better than Slovakia, but then in the end lost to Switzerland. The best Brazilian players naturally play in European clubs and we will mention left back Santos from Pick Szeged, right back de Toledo from Wisla Plock, right wing Chiuffu from Kolding, and pivot Moraes from Vardar. Only two are from the Brazilian league, and most of the others perform in the Spanish clubs.

Probable lineups Brazil: de Almeida, Torriani, dos Santos, H.Teixeira, de Toledo, Chiuffa, Moraes

Probable lineups Brazil: de Almeida, Torriani, dos Santos, H.Teixeira, de Toledo, Chiuffa, Moraes

France vs. Brazil PICK

The French have a strong desire to show the power in the first round, but it still happens that the host struggle at the opening, because there is a lot of nervousness. However, the favoured French should break the resistance of Brazilians primarily with their defence, while there might be more mistakes in the attack and therefore we do not expect not a lot of goals in this match.

Pick: under 56.5 goals

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.78 at bet365 (down to 1.68 can be played)

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