2021 IHF Men’s Handball World Championships Daily Preview (14 Jan 2021)

Two great matches today as the Handball World Championships really get going.

All times are Egypt Local (CET is 1 hr behind; US ET is 7 hrs behind)
Odds courtesy of Bet MGM 

NOTE: Breaking News: ESPN+ will be airing two matches/day for the remainder of the tournament.

If you want to watch the matches that aren’t available on ESPN+ check this article for how to watch geo-blocked matches on YouTube: Link

Group E

  • 1900 Austria vs Switzerland (-1.5) (on ESPN+) (YouTube) w/English commentary
  • 2130 Norway (-1.5) vs France (on ESPN+) (YouTube) w/English commentary

The first match would have been Austria vs Team USA (sigh). The second match is the match of the day; Maybe the match of the entire preliminary round. France played Serbia twice in Euro 2020 qualification, losing the first match 27-24 and drawing the second 26-26. Both matches, needless to say were lackluster performances. Will they wake up for this showdown vs Norway?

Group F

  • 1900 Algeria vs Morocco (-4.5) (YouTube)
  • 2130 Portugal (-1.5) vs Iceland (YouTube)

Algeria and Morocco play in a match that will likely decides who advances to the Main Round. Portugal and Iceland play for the 3rd time in just 9 days as by coincidence they are also in the same Euro 2022 Qualification Group. Portugal won the first match in Portugal 26-24 while Iceland won the return leg 32-23. Iceland was actually down 12-13 at the half, but dominated the 2nd half by a 20-10 score. Can this momentum carry over for this third match?

Group G

  • 2130 Sweden (-3.5) vs N Macedonia (YouTube)

Egypt won their opening match over Chile yesterday. Sweden and N Macedonia look to join them with 2 points. N Macedonia’s late entry means that 40 year old Kiril Lazarov will get the opportunity to play in 2 World Championships hosted by Egypt. Yes, he was there for the 1999 edition, I wonder how many retired players feel a little bit younger when they see him play and realize there’s still somebody around that they can say, “Yeah, I played against him.”

Group H

  • 1630 Belarus (-1.5) vs Russia (YouTube)
  • 1900 Slovenia (-12.5) vs S Korea (YouTube)

Belarus and Russia clash in a match with no political ramifications. Slovenia should have no problem with S. Korea especially now that I’ve just found out that they’ve sent their B Team to the World Championships.