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2019 marks the 17th edition of the Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship. This year, direct qualification into the 2020 Summer Olympics is at stake. Belgium have the best 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds to win the competition and qualify for the Summer Olympics. However, they’ll need to be mindful of the Netherlands, who stand a considerable chance of defending their 2017 title.
This year, the Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship will run from 16 to 25 August in Antwerp, Belgium. The Netherlands are the reigning champions. These are their 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds compared to the other top competitors on Unibet Sportsbook:
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Belgium with favorable 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds to win on home turf
The hosts have both home advantage and leading odds of winning as online sportsbooks in Belgium valued them at 1.70. Consequently, the Unibet Sportsbook front runners could record their first Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship win this year. Belgium will play in Pool A against England, Spain, and Wales. England could potentially cause problems for the hosts. However, Belgium have the potential to top the Pool A and advance to the Semi-Finals.
They came increasingly close to clinching their first title in 2017. However, they lost 4-2 to the Netherlands in the Final. However, their performance in the following years only got better. They went on to win gold at the 2018 World Cup and silver at the 2019 FIH Pro League. If they can keep up the momentum, a 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship win is inevitable.
The Netherlands could record another successful title defending campaign
2017 winners, the Netherlands, have the 2nd best Unibet Sportsbook 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds of winning in Antwerp. According to the online sportsbook news in Belgium, their odds of securing a 3rd consecutive win are good at 2.85. Overall, the Netherlands enter with an impressive record in the competition. They’re currently the 2nd most successful EuroHockey Nations Championship nation with 5 titles.
However, they failed to match their 2017 EuroHockey Nations Championship success to their following major tournaments. Nevertheless, they still manage to be medalists at the:
- 2018 World Cup (Silver)
- 2018 Champions Trophy (Bronze)
- 2019 FIH Pro League (Bronze)
Additionally, the Netherlands play in Pool B against Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. Fortunately, it’s likely that the Netherlands will advance to the Semi-Finals together with Germany.
Germany look to record 1st tournament title win since 2014
The German field hockey national team are among the top 3 nations to lift the 2019 EuroHockey Nations Championship trophy. A win this year for Germany (6.50) who last claimed a competition win in 2014 at the Champions Trophy will be crucial. Fortunately, Germany have an impressive EuroHockey Nations Championship to back up their 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds.
They’ve been victorious 6 times (8 titles together with West Germany) most recently in 2013. However, their performance in recent major tournaments is slightly worrying. They finished 5th place at the 2018 World Cup and 6th at the 2019 FIH Pro League. Fortunately, it’s likely that they will be among the two Pool B teams to advance to the Semi-Finals.
2009 winners England likely to continue their EuroHockey Nations Championship losing streak
Similarly to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, England (Pool B) will likely advance to the Semi-Finals. However, with Unibet Sportsbook 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds at 12.00, they don’t appear to be clear favorites.
However, it’s worth noting that they’ve achieved consecutive top 4 finishes in the competition since 2011. Perhaps their consistency could pay off big this year. If so, they would record their 2nd EuroHockey Nations Championship win, making it 3 win in all competitions and tournaments.
Spain likely to struggle in Pool stages
According to Unibet Sportsbook, Spain have unfavorable odds of winning in Antwerp with 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship odds at 15.00. Spain were victorious in the competition in 1974 and 2005. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll return to winning ways at the 2019 Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship.
Spain failed to advance to the 2017 Semi-Finals and it looks like they’ll suffer the same fate this year. Additionally, they’ve performed poorly in other major tournaments making them a risky option to bet on. They finished 13th in the 2018 World Cup and failed to qualify for the 2018 Champions Trophy. Then they finished 7th at the 2019 FIH League.
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