This article explores why Norway has much better 2018 European Women’s Handball Championship odds than the hosts, France and the other 14 qualifying teams. They will all have the same dream: to win.
The 2018 European Women’s Handball Championship will be held from 29th November to 16th December 2018. The matches will be held in different stadiums in Nancy, Brest, Montbeliard, Paris and Nantes. This would be the first time for France to host the competition. The contest is set out to be one of the most interesting one, where Norway may continue the domination of women’s handball. Or they will be overthrown by another team?
The 7-time reigning Champions; Norway!
Online sportsbook sites in France report that the Norwegian Women’s team is one of the most decorated in the history of the sport. They have been to 21 finals and have 2 Golden Olympic gold medals, 3 World Championship titles and won 7 European Championships as well.
Since coach Thorir Hergeirsson took charge, the team has improved in every single way, winning tournaments and setting new records. They also have the Most Valuable Player of the World Championship in 2017 in the team, that is Stine Bredal Oftedal. The 27-year-old also serves as the captain.
It comes as no surprise; Norway has high chances of winning as their odds are 2.65.
Teams that can pull an upset despite 2018 European Women’s Handball Championship odds
France won the last World Championship by beating Norway. They would want to beat the favourites once again especially with the backing of the home crowd. The home advantage isn’t all “The Blues” have, they also have the second best odds at 3.64. French captain, Siraba Dembele will be looking to lead her team to victory and change their poor record of being 3-time bronze winners at the European Championships.
Another team to watch out for is the Olympic Gold winning team, Russia. They have odds of 9.50. This might be the year for coach, Yevgeni Trefilov. Like the French team, Russia has been very successful in other competitions, even winning the World Championship 4 times but they are yet to win the European Championship.
The Netherlands lost to Norway in the last rendition of the competition by just 1 goal! Their goalkeeper, Tess Wester has become a figurehead and role model of Dutch woman’s handball. Her team’s odds are 12.00 but she is confident they can add to their tall of medal wins in France.
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