Netherlands vs Slovakia
Netherlands - Slovakia
Netherlands lost their last match in the Group Stage against Croatia (31-27) in a game which did not mean anything for them since they were already through. Netherlands had a lineup made of a lot of reserves, which also mean that the best players could rest before heading into the main round. They have impressed a lot so far by beating Germany and getting a draw against Sweden, which they also could have won if they had some margins on their side.
Slovakia did amazingly enough take down Serbia (23-21) on their way into the main round. They were trailing 6-11 at half-time, but won the 2nd half 17-10 against the silver-medalists from last year’s World Cup. This result was truly shocking, and you have to ask the question if Serbia really not wanted to go into the main round with zero points, and therefore lost. However, nothing should be taken from this Slovakian team as their effort and keeper Lucia Gubikova 5/5 penalty-saves sums it all up for Slovakia. She had the best day of her life at a handball arena, but it will come to an end tonight.
Slovakia’s win against Serbia is lying a bit in my eyes, as Serbia had full control until the 2nd half which was a complete disaster. However, that game cost Slovakia a lot of energy as the physical level of Serbia is well-known. They do not have the largest squad of quality players either. Netherland enter this game with a lot more rested bunch of players, as they saved a lot against Croatia. This is also a game that must be won if the hope of a semi-final spot should still be alive. I think Netherland will get a good start in this match, and the amount of resting will be a factor in Netherland’s favor as the game evolves. Netherlands (-4,5) will be my pick.
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