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Handball European Championship - Men

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Croatia - Montenegro 1st half under 26,5 goals pick WON

I know only a few of the forum members follow handball, but it is, besides football, basketball, tennis and water polo, national sport here in Croatia.  It is a fact that we are not the team we used to be quality wise, but we have more depth than Montenegrins. Montenegro will be without a couple of first team players due to injuries. The game is played in Graz, Austria and Croatia should have more than a decent support there. 

Why under ? Our coach Cervar has always based his philosophy on defence and it won`t be different this time. Montenegrins, due to a lack of quality and the injuries mentioned above, will probably put accent on defence too - especially in the first half in which they will want to stay as close as possible.

I see Croatia winning in the end but it it`s not going to be a walk in the park imo. Low stakes. GL.

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Montenegro +1 - Serbia  pick 1   WON

Montenegro has a solid team, they have a very good coach who is a real leader and has the authority, a personality that players like and will follow him whatever happens. In a match vs Croatia I saw that the team spirit and cohesion is on a decent level. 

On other side we have Serbia who has more quality but I have to say that recent period has been rather chaotic in Serbian handball association and atmosphere is far from perfect.To cut the long story short, I believe we'll see a close match and I wouldn't exclude a draw as the final result. 

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Latvia - Netherlands over52, 5     WON

These two have played quite a few matches revently and each of them ended under this line. I'm exepecting a bit different attitude from both teams offensive vise simply because they have nothing to lose and will try to win the 1st match on the championship. 

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Montenegro +3,5 - Belarus 1   LOST

I`ve written about Montenegro before. Solid team, good coach and even more motivated after their 1st victory ever on European championship. Belarus on the other didn`t impress me vs Croatia though I have to admit they`re organized and talented side. Individual quality is on Belarus` side. This is a decisive match - a team that wins this qualifies for the 2nd round. I believe Montenegrins will stay close till the end.

Iceland - Russia +2,5    2      LOST

Odds have dropped on Iceland, but Russia won`t be such an  easy prey for them imo. Iceland is not the team they used to be at their peak though they beat Denmark in the opening game and that was a big surprise - at least for me. I believe we`ll se a close game and wouldn`t rule out another surprise here. Low stakes though.

Croatia - Serbia  over 56,5     LOST

Defence is Croatia`s trademark but I wouldn`t be surprised to see goal fest tonight. Yes, there is always rivalry between these two sides but the relationship between the coaches and the players is really good so I don`t expect a lot of fouls and I think we`ll see a bit more open game than usual. I mustn`t forget to say that Croatia has already qualified for the next round (will take maximum of 2 points in the newly made group)  and Serbia is out. Croatian coach Cervar said he`ll use players who didn`t play so much in the previous matches and that might another factor that`ll go in favour of my bet. I`m quite sure Croatia will win today and for those who like to try bigger odds I would recommend to try X at half time, or half time / full time  2/1. Low stakes of course.

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Austria - North Macedonia +1,5       2    LOST

Macedonia mustn`t lose to progress to the next round. It`s not going to be easy that`s for sure - the match is played in Austria and support will definitely be on the hosts` side. I still believe Lazarov and his teammates have enough quality to take something out of this match.

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