Women’s Olympic Handball: Early Odds to Win Gold

The Olympics are now less than 4 weeks away. Courtesy of 10 Bet, here are the current odds for each nation to win Gold

Women’s Olympic Handball Odds

  • The oddsmakers see the Women’s Olympic Handball Tournament as mostly a 3 team race between Norway, Russia and France
  • Norway won the 2020 European Championships this past December. They dominated their opponents in pool play, but were challenged by Denmark in the semifinals and France in the final.
  • Russia are the defending Olympic champions, but had a disappointing performance at the European Championships mostly due to some missing players. The good news is that 2016 Olympics MVP, Anna Viakhireva, is healthy and should be ready to go.
  • France are seen as the 3rd strong contender, but they are unpredictable. This past December they gave Norway all they could handle in the European Championship Final. However, a year earlier at the 2019 World Championships they didn’t even make it out of their preliminary group.
  • The Netherlands (12 to 1) won the World Championships in December, 2019, and their odds surely would be better if center back, Estavana Polman, wasn’t out due to an ACL. At this past December’s European Championship it was very clear that the Dutch really missed her leading the offensive attack. They may, however, have a solution if Nycke Groot returns to international play.
  • The next grouping of teams, Hungary (16 to 1), Montenegro (18 to 1), Spain (18 to 1) and Sweden (20 to 1) can be seen as relative outsiders, but each with a solid chance to make the semifinals.
  • South Korea (28 to 1) and Brazil (66 to 1) have slipped a bit in quality in recent years, but they are still capable of a surprise victory
  • Hosts Japan (80 to 1) have a very fast style of play, but teams will likely be ready for it.
  • Angola (500 to 1) the longest of the long shots and winning a match might be a reasonable goal for them.