Denmark vs. Hungary / European Handball Cup – Two national teams that are regular participants in big competitions, but Denmark is much more successful, although the Hungarians in last year's World Cup in France played the quarterfinals after they were eliminated by Denmark with a victory of 27:25. Two years ago in Poland, both teams failed miserably, especially Hungary, which finished only at the 12th place, while the Danes were sixth. These two teams also met in the qualifiers for this championship and the match in Hungarian ended with a score of 25:25, while Denmark celebrated on their field with 35:27. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 20:30 CET
Denmark is a handball champion, and this team is coming in every big competition to win a gold medal, so it is this time, although somehow this time they do not give too much odds. Perhaps this is better for them, because the pressure is reduced and they can quietly traverse their path to the end of the game, and considering the strength and, above all, the experience of this team, semi-finals is the least they can do.
We should not forgotten that Denmark is the current Olympic winner from Rio 2016, but that they also failed miserably at the last European Cup in Poland when they finished in a modest sixth place. They have two gold medals from European competitions, but they do not have the world gold and last year they were eliminated in France in the eighth finals. They played quite well in preparation matches and even defeated France without their first star M.Hansen, who suffered a slight injury, but he should now play.
Probable lineups Denmark: N.Landin, Mortensen, M.Hansen, Lauge Schmidt, Kirkelokke, Lindberg, H.Toft Hansen
The Hungarians are one of those teams that are never able to make a break in any major tournaments and at least get to the semi-finals. They usually have ambitions to be at the very top, but they end up with some modest placement, or even a real debacle. Hungary has been present at the European Cup for the past few years, however, the best result is the sixth place, and they have achieved it a long time ago. After two consecutive eight places, two years ago they experienced a real debacle in Poland and took only 12th place in the end.
Last year at the World Cup in France they managed to make a surprise in the round of sixteen when they overcame Denmark and somehow opened their way to good placement but lost to Norway in the quarter-finals and all went down again. It was also the last great competition for some older players and some names have said goodbye to their professional carriers such as L.Nagy, who for many years was the trademark of this team, and the goalkeepers Fazekas and pivot Zubai. They have a much smaller team now and hope that the left-wing Bodo or pivot Banhidi may “explode” in this competition, while they believe the most in the center backcurt Lekaia, who has a great season.
Probable lineups Hungary: Mikler, Fekete, Bodo, Lekai, Balogh, Hornyak, Banhidi
Denmark vs. Hungary PICK
Duels of these rivals usually end up in favour of Denmark and so is the situation now, but it is known that Hungary knows how to surprise, or at least provide a good resistance and we expect something similar now. The first star of Denmark has problems, and the first Hungarian “violin” is in top form and that could make this match very uncertain.
Pick: Hungary +3.5
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)