France vs. Denmark / European Handball Cup – It has proved once again once again how unpredictable sport handball is and so France and Denmark will, instead of the expected finals, now be fighting for the third place. The French have up to the semi-finals defeated all their rivals and they have really played the best handball, but they had a bad day and lost from Spain. Denmark had a bad day in the group stage when they were defeated by the Czech Republic, but everything else was very good till the semi-finals with Sweden. Their last mutual duel on the European Handball Cup from two years ago was only played for placement from the fifth to eighth place and France has won then. Begins: 28.01.2018. – 18:00 CET
There is already a finding that two teams are very disappointed with this championship, the host Croatia and Germany, but now we can also include France in that group. True, they can still win the medal with a victory in this match, however, bronze for France does not mean much, because this team has usually won gold medals and all below is a failure.
They came to this championship weakened, especially in the left back-court position, but they still managed to play great, and they made all six wins until the semi-finals, and only Norway has caused them problems. It seemed they would certainly go for a new gold, however, Spain was not an easy obstacle, especially in defence led by their great goalkeepers, and the current world champions just managed to score goals through their pivots, which was not enough, so they are left with this match.
Probable lineups France: Dumoulin, Gigou, N.Karabatic, Mahe, Mem, Porte, Sorhaindo
Denmark did not play so well in this championship, to be disappointed as the French, but they had a great opportunity against Sweden, which remained without even three important players. This seemed to have caused a counter effect for the Danes and they have entered in that match very relieved, so they had five goals in the first half. It was similar at the start of the second half, and only when their rival has run out of strength, they have in the last ten minutes reached one goal backlog. However, just two minutes before the end they had a backlog of three goal and then it seemed that they will not make it to the finals.
They have caught a little strength, and over Svan Hansen, literally, in the last second, equalized and took the match in the extra time. Psychological advantage was then definitely on their side and they had to use it, but they did not deserve even the finals. The biggest stars of this team were in a really good mood, so M.Hansen and Lauge Schmidt had a double effect, however, their 23 goals were not enough, as they had only six shooters, and there were no goals on the left wing, and the opposing goalkeeper has destroyed them.
Probable lineups Denmark: N.Landin, Mortensen, M.Hansen, Lauge Schmidt, Christensen, Svan Hansen, H.Toft Hansen
France vs. Denmark PICK
It will be difficult to find the right motive for both teams, because they both expected the finals without which they were left. However, bronze medal is better than no medal, so the two great teams will certainly play at full strength, and will probably pay less attention to defences in this match.
Pick: over 54.5 goals
Odds: 1.62 at unibet (down to 1.56 can be played)
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