2020 Men’s European Handball Championship “Spoiler Free” Links, Match Odds and Predictions (Thursday, 9 Jan)

The 2020 Men’s European Handball Championships start today with 4 matches. Here are the video links, odds and some predictions for those matches.

1) Cover up the right half of your screen
2) Click on the desired “On Demand” video link
3) Watch the short advertisement
4) Click on the full screen icon in the lower right hand corner of the video
5) Enjoy the match “spoiler free”

Note: If you don’t follow these instructions you will be exposed to the menu on the right side of your screen that may include words like “Netherlands shocks Germany in Opener!” (I’m not saying that’s going to happen, just that if it did happen, you can bet there would be a headline stating that.) Also, remember that if you click out of full screen mode you should also cover up the right side since that menu will immediately appear.

Thursday, 9 January
All Times Local (CET) / US ET is -6 hrs)
Odds courtesy of 10Bet

IHF Preview of day’s matches: Link

Group A (Graz, Austria)

18:15 Belarus (-2.5) vs Serbia
Match Video (On Demand): Link (Commentary: Clayton Lucas)

2030 Croatia (-5.5) vs Montenegro
Match Video (Live): Link (Commentary: Clayton Lucas)
Match Video (On Demand): Link

Group A starts with a match between Belarus and Serbia that might end up deciding 2nd place in the Group. Croatia is the favorite in the group and should have no problem with Montenegro.

Group C (Trondheim, Norway)

18:15 Germany (-7.5) vs Netherlands
Match Video (On Demand): Link (Commentary: Paul Bray)

2030 Spain (-10.5) vs Latvia
Match Video (Live): Link (Commentary: Paul Bray)
Match Video (On Demand): Link

Germany and Spain are heavy favorites to advance from this group. If there’s going to be a surprise, though, in Group C it will probably take place today.

Betting Predictions

For this tournament we’ll be doing some betting predictions using an imaginary bankroll of a 1,000 Euros. Joining me will be professional handball bettor, Samo Košmerl, from Slovenia.

John’s Pick(s):
– Current Bankroll: 1,000 Euros
– Handicap Bet: Netherlands (+7.5 goals) vs Germany; Wager 100 Euros to win 79.36. The Netherlands will be debuting in the competition and have several players playing in Germany. They won’t be in awe and will play with an emotional high. They’ll keep it close, but is will slip away towards the end.

Samo’s Pick(s):
– Current Bankroll: 1,000 Euros
– Handicap Bet: Croatia (-5.5) vs Montenegro; Wager 100 Euros to win 80. The first match is always very important for Croatia and there should be a lot of Croatian fans in Graz. Montenegro is missing three very important players in Borozan, Vujović and Božović and I just don’t see them being even close to Croatia tonight.