France vs Croatia Prediction, Tips & Odds – 18.01.2024
France vs Croatia Prediction 18.01.2024. This Thursday the second stage of group 1 of the EHF handball Euro will be opened with a classic between France and Croatia.
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France vs Croatia Odds
France Team News
France are no longer that old handball powerhouse, but they are still considered as one of the favourites to win the gold medal in this competition. They proved that in the initial stage by demolishing Macedonia and taking down the hosts Germany, but the draw and the upset against Switzerland proves they are certainly playable at the moment.
The French team always launches a couple of new names in every tournament, but the backbone of their team still consists of brothers Karabatić and well-known names such as Dika Mem, Kentin Mahe and Valentin Porte. A very strong team that definitely has more quality than Croatia, but the Croatians can´t be written off.
Croatia Team News
In the last match of the first stage, Croatia played just as much as they needed to get a win and in the end routinely beat Romania by six goals. However, that win wasn´t enough for them to enter this second stage with a maximum of two points, because Spain drew against Austria and suffered a shock elimination from the tournament.
In the meantime, Croatia suffered a setback in view of one of their best offensive players Ivan Martinović going down with an injury, which could prove decisive in this very strong second stage where there is no forgiveness for mistakes. Head coach Goran Perkovac refused to call up Luka Stepančić as the substitute and decided to rely on youth, which will have to play way above their possibilities if they want to upset France.
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France vs Croatia Prediction
France will enter this match deservedly and expectedly as the favourites and the handicap seems about right. That is why we decided to avoid predicting the winner and handicap betting because we expect a defensive battle with not a lot of goals and opted for the Total Under.
Tip-off Time: Thursday, 18.01.2024. 06:00 PM Local Time GMT+1/ 18:00 CET
Prediction: Total Under 58.5
Odds(when tipped): 1.87