Montenegro vs Denmark (Women Handball) by 20Legend
Montenegro won their qualification group on the way to this tournament. They disappointed bigtime in the Olympic tournament earlier this summer by finishing in 11th place. That resulted in the coach Dragan Adzic stepped down before Adzic decided to continue leading Montenegro after all some weeks later. The team is on the doorstep of a giant change of generation as they have one of the youngest squads in the tournament. Several of their biggest profiles like Katarina Bulatovic and Jovanka Radicvevic are not included in the squad. In fact, eight of the players that participated in the Olympic tournament are not included here.
Montenegro could have had an exciting team in this tournament, but has chosen to give young players a chance instead. As a result, Montenegro has an inexperienced team and it should be very difficult to advance at all for them. They have some talented youngsters though like Durdina Jaukovic who became top scorer during the U19 Euros and is a player for the future. It has to be said that Montenegro still has some familiar names included as well, but it should not be enough to challenge the best teams this time.
Denmark qualified through their second place in the qualification group behind Russia. They had big expectations before the World Championship at home in 2015. However, the Danes disappointed as they getting knocked out in the quarterfinal against Romania. A few months later, another setback arrived as they did not manage to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio. The coach Klavs Brun Jorgensen has made a surprising decision by not include Louise Burgaard in the squad.
It is strange to me because right-back Line Jorgensen is missing with injury. In addition, goalkeeper Rikke Poulsen is injured which brings all the pressure on Sandra Toft. Denmark is also building a team for the future, but has come a longer way compared to Montenegro. Stine Jorgensen will be their most important player as she was also their best player during the World Championship in 2015 as well. Denmark must also be pleased with their group here and their natural ambition should be to get maximum points with them to the main round.
Denmark becomes huge favorites given how Montenegro has left several key-players back home. Denmark can also expect extra energy from the crowd as the tournament is played in Sweden which is close to home. I believe in a scenario where Denmark goes all in from the very first minute in order to take a comfortable win. I expect Denmark to take charge and find them to score over 26.5 goals very interesting against a weakened Montenegro.