Darko – Single
Date: 13.01.2019 — Time: 16:30
World: World Championship – Preliminary
Croatia vs Japan
Tip: Croatia over 31,5 goals — Odd: 1,80
FT: 35:27 (WON) (WON) (WON)
Match between Croatia and Japan. World Championship, handball, match from group B. Croatia is one of the best teams on the competition, so they are huge favorites here. Also, I expect one fast, high-scoring game, especially from Croatia.
Croatia in first round won against Iceland 31:27. It was one close game after 50 minutes, but in the final moments, Croatia was much better team on the field, great defense, so they won the match. Iceland for sure is better team from Japan, so this should be much easier game for them. I believe that Croatia will “accept” and will play like Japan here. Maybe in some periods will play little stronger defense to make the difference, but here I strongly believe that Croatia will score 32+ goals here.
Japan in first round lost from Macedonia 38:29. They are playing really fast in attack, while the defense is weak and we saw that in first round. They conceded 38 goals from Macedonia, so I doubt that they will be able to stop Croatia here. Their chance for points will be in the game against Bahrain, maybe against Iceland (although I doubt in that). Here for sure they will play similar like against Macedonia. They will try to play fast, to score goals, but their defense will be in problems for sure.
In the past they played two times so far. Firstly on the World Cup in 2005, where Croatia won with 34:25. After that in 2012 on Olympic games where Croatia won with 36:22. Good luck !
Published: 13.01.2019, 02:07 CET