The 2020 Women’s European Handball Championships continue with the final preliminary matches in Groups A and C. Here are the video links, odds, standings, scenarios for advancing and some preview articles that were written before these matches were played.
Tuesday, 8 December
All Times Local (CET) / US ET is -6 hrs)
Odds courtesy of BetMGM
Group A (Herning, Denmark)
Group A is real simple. Denmark and France will play for 2 points in the Main Round, while Montenegro and Slovenia will play to see who takes third and advances.
Group A Daily Preview at the Euro 2020 official site: Link
Group C (Kolding, Denmark)
Going into the tournament Croatia was a 50-1 underdog to win Group C. That bet is looking pretty good right now and their surprise showing is the talk of the tournament. Check out this podcast for more on Croatia and how they have pulled this off so far: Link Meanwhile, the current World Champions could get bounced out of the tournament if they don’t beat Hungary today.
Group C Daily Preview at the Euro 2020 official site: Link
Here are the 9 possible outcomes for the 2 matches today.
Here is what each nation needs to do to advance to the main round:
Croatia: Already qualified, but they will still want to take 2 more points into the Main Round.
Serbia: If Serbia wins or draws vs Croatia they will qualify for the Main Round. If they lose to Croatia they can still qualify if the Netherlands does not win their match vs Hungary
Hungary: If Croatia beats Serbia in the first match, Hungary qualifies for the Main Round. If, however, Serbia beats Croatia or the match is a draw, Hungary will need a win or a draw in their match vs the Netherlands.
Netherlands: For the Netherlands it’s quite simple: Beat Hungary and they will qualify regardless of the outcome of the first match.
A side note on a mathematical possibility*
You might have noticed in the chart that if Croatia beats Serbia and the Netherlands beats Hungary there is actually a 3 way tie between Hungary, Serbia in the Netherlands. However, thanks to Hungary’s 38-26 win over Serbia, Serbia would need need the Netherlands to beat Hungary by 20 goals to turn the tide on the 3 way Goal Differential tiebreaker. That may be a mathematical possibility, but, it’s just not going to happen. See below: