Denmark vs. Sweden / European Handball Cup – The Scandinavian semi-finals could even bring more uncertainty, although Denmark has shown more and they were defeated only once, but no one expected it, since it was by the Czech Republic. The Swedes have lost three times and have the worst effect of all semi-finalists, but it does not have to mean anything and this team had its bright moments, as it was in the duel with Croatia. In the end, they were lucky because they were defeated by Norway in the last round, while the Danes mastered Macedonia, though they did not need that triumph. Last year, Denmark has mastered Sweden with 27:25 at the World Cup. Begins: 26.01.2018. – 20:30 CET
There was not some spectacular game when it comes to Denmark this season, but this team has once again reached the semi-finals, and that is the most important thing for them. If there was no inconceivable fall in the end of the match with the Czechs, they could now have the maximum effect, but this defeat has long been forgotten, since it did not cost them much. More importantly, they have defeated the vice-champion Spain when it was needed, and then in the decisive match and still the current European champions, the Germans.
They played quite well in defence, and Lindberg was in great mood on the right wing, and M.Hansen was solid on the center back-court. The results coincided so that they could play relaxed against Macedonia and this was seen in the first half when they failed to create the advantage. That is why they played great in the second and simply “overwhelmed” the opponents, allowing them only eight goals scored, with the brilliant effect of the left back-court Damgaard.
Probable lineups Denmark: N.Landin, Mortensen, M.Hansen, Lauge Schmidt, Christensen, Lindberg, H.Toft Hansen
In the end, Sweden as a lucky loser reached the semi-finals, and if they in the finals or the fight for third place again meet with the French, they have to thank them first. Otherwise, this team has caused them one of three defeats in this championship and it was after they were defeated in the first group stage by Iceland. Later this did not prove to be a key, but a victory over Croatia, so the better mutual score of the Swedes has brought them among the four best teams. They could have entered the semi-finals in a different way because they played with the Norwegians in the last group stage match and they were valid for the favourites, but that gave them extra pressure.
They knew that they did not decide on their own destiny with a victory, so it looked like they have reconciled with the fact that they would not be in the semi-finals. Likewise, they should not lose four or more goals difference, but it ended with 28:25 for Norway. In addition, goalkeeper Appelgren and left back-court Jeppson, no one else can get a passing score, and Denmark will have to do much better.
Probable lineups Sweden: Appelgren, Wanne, Jeppson, Gottfridsson, Lagergren, Ekberg, J.Nielsen
Denmark vs. Sweden PICK
Similarly to the first semi-finals, Denmark is the favourite here, as they have shown more than the Swedes, however, Scandinavian duels are usually unpredictable and therefore we believe that Sweden will not fall without a great fight and perhaps they even surprise Denmark.
Pick: Sweden +3.5
Odds: 1.61 at unibet (down to 1.56 can be played)
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