Serbia – Russia / Handball World Cup – A look at the Group “A” of the handball World Cup reveals that this first round’s duels could already be a decisive one. Serbia and Russia want to be among the first three teams, and considering that there are still France and Germany in the group, it is clear that there is only one free place left. In the playoffs for this competition, Serbia has eliminated Portugal and Russia the Czech Republic. The last mutual duel at major competitions between these rivals took place at the European championship in 2014, when Russia celebrated with 27:25.
Serbia – Russia begins 11.01.2019 at 18:00 CET
Serbia has only one medal in big competitions as independent state, and that was when have won silver at European championship in 2012, which they hosted. They have missed a lot of world and European championships, and when they managed to qualify, those were mostly disappointing performances. They have missed the last two World Cups had been missed, while they were only 12th at the last year's European Championship. They are coming to this competition in practically completely changed team, with a lot of debutants, and their biggest asset is their good defence and their great goalkeepers Milosavljev and Cupar.
Probable lineups Serbia: Milosavljev, V.Ilic, Obradovic, Vujic, Zelenovic, Radivojevic, Marsenic
Russia is one of the most successful handball teams, but they are in a crisis for a very long time and they have won their last medal in big competitions 15 years ago. After that, there were many disappointments, even when they qualified, while they have missed a lot of them too. The Russians did not play in the previous World Cup, or at the last year's European championship in Croatia. But here they are, although the question is how far they can really go. Goalkeeper Kireev is having problems with injuries, while the center-back Atman is out of action, so they have Zhitnikov, and Kiselev on the right back.
Probable lineups Russia: Grams, Dibirov, Dereven, Zhitnikov, Kiselev, Shishkarev, Kalarash
Serbia – Russia PICK
This is a very important not to say crucial match for both rivals, so we expect a great fight. Both teams have experienced a lot of disappointments over the past years and they want to fix it, but they are not in their strongest. The Russians are somewhat better on paper, so we will give them an advantage in this duel.
Pick: Russia wins
Odds: 1.72 at tipbet (down to 1.62 can be played)
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