Hungary vs Czech Republic (Women Handball) by 20Legend
Hungary qualified to the Euros by winning their qualification group. Kim Rasmussen is their new coach this year. He clearly knows how to develop a team given his many successful years with the Polish women’s team. Rasmussen was the main reason why Poland managed to get two 4th places from the World Championships in both 2013 and 2015. Rasmussen did also take over the Romanian club Bucuresti in 2015 which gave immediate success as well, by winning the Champions League last season.
Hungary has an exciting team, but they have also faced some issues in front of the tournament given that important players are missing. Zsuzsanna Tomori is out, while Aniko Kovacsics is stated as highly doubtful. In addition, it is still uncertain if Zita Szucsanzki will be able to participate after she broke her nose earlier. Hungary should struggle to take a medal in this tournament as they lack a top goalkeeper in addition to that important players are out. However, the possibility for advancing should be good with Montenegro building a new team here.
Czech Republic managed to qualify by getting in 2nd place in their qualification group. They have not been able to qualify for the last two major tournaments but made it to this one. Czech Republic has a quite young squad that delivered a solid qualification with only one loss. A lot of the responsibility is on the playmaker, Iveta Luzumova, who plays for the German club Thüringer on a daily basis. Despite an impressive qualification, they are reckoned as one of the weakest teams in this tournament. It should also be a tough task to advance into the main round, but it is not impossible given Montenegro’s plan of using a new generation in this tournament.
It is obvious that this match will be important for both teams here if a place in the main round should be possible. Hungary is the natural favorites and it will be surprising if they do not manage to take the win tonight. However, Czech Republic’s offensive mentality makes it important to stay alert form the beginning until the end. Netherlands was the perfect example on a favorite that did not do so yesterday against Germany (27-30). Hungary has not a world class goalkeeper either which should give Czech Republic chances to get their share of goals. All in all, I think that the total over 53.5 goals seems like a good pick.