Jan 12, 2016
Jan 12, 2016

Intro to Handball betting

Intro to Handball betting
The European Handball Championship starts on January 15th in Poland. Running for two weeks and featuring 47 games, it provides plenty of opportunities for a first taste of handball betting, so if you are new to the handball this primer will help get your head around one of the world's fastest and exciting sports.

Read our How to bet on handball article to learn more about handball betting.

Poland debut as hosts

Poland will debut as hosts of the 12th European Handball Championship, with the games event spread across four indoor venues.

In a sport dominated by European nations, this event features almost as much quality as the World Championship itself which was won last year by France, who also defend this title. The French narrowly defeated surprise package, Qatar, who clearly benefited from home advantage.

The Poles will be hoping for a similar uplift as their best EHC finish was 4th in 2010, but a pairing with les Bleus in Group A won't help their cause. The tournament has been dominated by France and Denmark who between them have won the last five titles with the French winning in 2006, 2010 and 2014. If that trend continue it will be the Danes turn again in 2016.

Handball European Championship format

The 2016 European Men's Handball Championship sees 16 nations compete in four initial groups of four, whereby three teams from each group progress to the Main round featuring a further two groups of six teams. 

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Poland (H) Croatia Spain Denmark
France Iceland Sweden Hungary
Macedonia Belarus Germany Russia
Serbia Norway Slovenia Montenegro

The top two teams from each of these Main groups will then enter a semi-final (with consolation games for fifth and seventh place) and the final played on January 31st. 

There will be plenty of opportunities for bettors to get involved in the tournament with 47 games in total, but for those that are new to the sport there are things worth considering.

France Favourites to defend European Handball Championship

Pinnacle is offering odds of 2.929* for France to reclaim their European Handball Championship title. The French have been in imperious form winning the Worlds in 2011, Olympics in 2012 the Euros in 2014 and the World Championship in 2015.

The only blot on their copybook in recent times was the 2013 World Handball Championship where they were beaten by Croatia in the Quarterfinals. Given their form it's no wonder the odds give them a 33% chance of winning.

Denmark are second in the betting market with odds of 5.200* giving them an implied probability of 19%.  The Danes have made the final of the Euros in three of the last four years, winning in 2008 and 2010.

Spain are one of the most consistent teams at the Euros, reaching the last four in six of the editions of the tournament, but their best finish was runner-up to France in 2006. The Spaniards consistency makes them a 3.950* second favourites - 24% chance of a maiden title.

Our European Handball Championship betting gives Croatia odds of 11.360* while the home advantage factor is reflected in the odds of 8.270* for Poland to win the title despite reaching the last four just once, in 2010.

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Interesting European Handball Championship numbers

There are a number of interesting stats from the previous 11 European Handball Championships, we have listed a few for you to consider before betting. 

73: The total in the 2014 final where France beat Denmark 41-32 was the highest for an EHC final. 

4: Sweden hold the most EHC titles, but their last was in 2002, and since then the Swedes have failed to make the last four.

3: Spain have the worst final win-loss record. Three appearance, three defeats.

78: The conversion rate for Joan Canellas (Spain) top scorer at the 2014 EHC scoring 50 goals from 64 shots.

Though handball may not be considered a major sport worldwide, handball betting is immensely popular at Pinnacle, featuring among our top 10 sports by volume.

How to bet on Handball

Though handball may not be considered a major sport worldwide, handball betting is immensely popular at Pinnacle, featuring among our top 10 sports by volume.

The game features two teams of seven - six outfield and a goalkeeper - on a 40m X 20m indoor court, playing two halves of 30 minutes. The aim is to throw the ball into the opponent's goal and because this is comparatively easier than using a foot (soccer) or stick (hockey/bandy) scoring frequency is relatively high.

The scoring patterns mean that Handball is closer in structure to Basketball than it is to say Soccer. This is important from a betting perspective because it informs the approach that bettors should take. The game is very fluid with unlimited, continuous substitutions. As a result scoring tends to happen in clusters, with teams focusing on offence, trying build momentum and a lead, and then consolidating that lead with periods of defence.

Those teams that are effective in both phases over the duration of the game succeed. The one similarity with Soccer is the variation of formation, with different countries favouring different styles.

Goal conversion rates are very high, with the top scorer in 2014 tournament - Joan Canellas - converting 78% of his 64 shots across the tournament. There is a Passive Play rule to negate the temptation for teams to hold on to possession indefinitely, which is at the discretion of the referee. 

There are a number of ways to bet on handball with Pinnacle. Bettors have the opportunity to mix up their bets with a variety of different betting formats such as:

Money line Betting:

Money line markets are the most popular market and the simplest way for a bettor to understand the cost of a bet. Money line handball bettors are ultimately betting on who will win the match.

Handicap Betting:

When the perceived bias in ability between two teams is different, bookmakers offer a goal handicap to level the playing field. These goals are then added to the game’s final score, and the winner is the team that wins with these additions.

Total Points Betting:

Handball total goals betting allows the punter to bet whether the total number of goals by both teams will be over or under the value set by Pinnacle.

1st Half Betting:

With 1st half betting - available for all games at the World Handball Championship - bettors bet on the score after the first half of the match only.

European Handball Championship Betting limits

For 2016 European Handball Championship match betting we are offering big limits to maintain our reputation for offering unrivalled limits so you can bet as much as you feel confident to lay down. 

If these limits still aren’t enough, don’t worry, you can rebet as many times as you like to obtain unlimited liquidity. The table below highlights the pregame minimum limits for 2016 European Handball Championships.

RoundSpreadMoneylineTotals
Group games $2000 $1000 $2000
Knockout stage $3000 $2000 $3000
Final $10000 $5000 $5000

Click here to see the latest 2016 outright European Handball Championship betting odds.

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