Croatia vs Serbia: prediction and bets on Men’s EHF EURO 2022, January 15, 2022
Croatia and Serbia will play in the 2nd round of the 2022 EHF European Men’s Handball Championship on Saturday, January 15, at 8:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m Moscow time). The match is a part of the Group C schedule and will be played at the Pick Aréna in Szeged, Hungary.
It’s a big neighborhood derby of the two nations of former Yugoslavia with great rivalry amongst them in which Croatia will have to rush to victory if it wants to see itself in the 2nd stage of the tournament.
The current form of Croatia For Croatia, a defeat in the upcoming encounter would mean relegation from the EURO already in the groups. In its opening match in the continental tournament, Croatia lost to the Olympic champion France 27-22 and enters the match in Szeged with a negative goal difference. What’s sure is that the European vice-champion knew that Serbia was its key for a progression to the next stage even before the match against France. The difference is that now because it lost, the team commanded by Hrvoje Horvat has to analyze the mistakes from the previous match. Serbia is a new game, but tensions are always a bit high when these two sides meet.
Against Serbia, Horvat can’t count on David Mandić who earned a blue card against France, due to which he was sent to the stands. There’s a possibility for Manuel Štrlek, who returned from injury, to play. Domagoj Duvnjak’s performance is very questionable due to his back problems.
The current form of Serbia In the first round, Serbia easily won against Ukraine 31-23 and sent a strong message to Croatia that it’s no longer the national team from previous head-to-head matches. The Serbs have had pumped their muscles against Ukraine and are announcing that they want to win all matches in the group. The captain of Serbia, Mijajlo Marsenić, was clear in his statements prior to the match against Croatia, saying that they came here to go to take first place in the group. Serbian players haven’t been defeated for exactly 2 years. The last time they felt the bitterness of defeat was on January 13, 2020, in the European Championship match against Croatia in Graz, Austria (21-24). After that, the Spanish expert Toni Gerona arrived at the helm and revived Serbia. With him under the command of the team, Serbia has a balance of 7 victories and a gold-worthy draw against France in the qualifications for the 2022 European Championship. Serbia had 12/12 from the wing position against Ukraine and it seems this will be its main weapon against Croatia too.
Head-to-head encounters The last time Serbia defeated Croatia was 10 years ago. After that, Croatia prevailed in 6 matches, while one ended in a draw.
Even though Serbia showed power against Ukraine, such a rival can’t pose as an indicator for the strength of any team. Croatia is the current vice-champion of Europe, while Serbia hasn’t had significant results in major competitions for a long time. On the other hand, with Gerona on the bench, Serbia truly appears reborn. We are of the same opinion as to the handball best betting sites that Croatia is the favorite here but we’d recommend betting on total goals under 50.5 at an odd of 1.85 at Betzest.
Results of the forecast
Successful forecast. Croatia vs Serbia 23:20