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Handball WC Thoughts 1/11

Top 4 contenders-

1.France-The home team with a loaded roster, no reason why they can not go all the way, their top goal scorer has over 1,000 goals (Nikola Karabatic) and an experienced roster that should handle the pressure well.

Toughest Group Opponents- Norway and Russia

Round of 16 possibilities-Iceland or Macedonoa

Quarterfinal-  Hungary or Sweden

2.Denmark-I have them as a 2nd favorite with a good roster lead by, Jesper Noddesbo, they can make a run for the title

Toughest Group Opponents- Argentina and Qatar (to be honest they have an easy group)

Round of 16 possibilities- Belarus or Hungary

Quarterfinal-Norway

3.Spain-With the likes of Victor Tomas and Raul Enerrios they have the scoring depth to make a deep run as well. I can see them stunning

Toughest Group Opponents-Slovenia and Macedonia

Round of 16 Possibilities-Poland or Russia

Quarterfinal-Germany

4.Germany- Another team with experience that can also make a deep run, they will rely on Patrick Groetzki to lead them, they also can make a deep run, but, without Uwe Gensheimer who has 590 goals will hurt them.

Toughest Group Opponents-Croatia and Hungary

Round of 16 Possibilities- Spain or Poland

Quarterfinal- Spain

Predictions:

Round of 16-

1.Spain vs Poland (B1 vs A4) Spain wins

2.Germany vs Qatar (C2 vs D3) Germany wins

3.Norway vs Macedonia (A2 vs B3) Norway wins

4.Denmark vs Belarus (D1 vs C4) Denmark wins

5.Hungary vs Sweden (C3 vs D2) Sweden wins

6.France vs Iceland (A1 vs B4) France wins

7.Russia vs Slovenia (A3 vs B2) Russia wins

8.Croatia vs Egypt (C1 vs D4) Croatia wins

Quarterfinal-

1.Spain vs Germany (Spain wins)

2.Norway vs Denmark (Denmark wins)

3.Hungary vs France (France wins)

4.Croatia vs Russia (Croatia wins)

Semifinals-

1.Spain vs Denmark  (Denmark wins)

2. France vs Croatia  (Croatia wins)

3rd Place-

France vs Spain (France wins)

Final-

Denmark vs Croatia

Winner- Croatia (Champion)

Thoughts-

1.The hardest way to the finals goes to Spain to go all the way they would have Poland, Germany and then Denmark or Norway and then France or Croatia in the final, of all the final 4 teams they have the hardest field.

2.Croatia has what is the easier side with Egypt, Russia (who could upset Croatia), then a very tough game against Spain.

Group Predictions-

1.A- France,Norway, Russia, Poland, Brazil and Japan- After France this is tough as the next 3 could finish either way and Brazil is no walk over, if they can beat Poland or Russia and beat Japan they could end up 4th.

2.B-Spain, Slovenia, Macedonia, Iceland, Tunisia and Angola- The battle for 2nd and 3rd is the one to watch here

3.C-Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Belarus, Chile, Saudi Arabia- The top 4 are pretty easy to see, but who gets 2-4 will be tough especially between Germany and Croatia for 1st and Belarus and Hungary for 3rd or 4th

4.D-Denmark, Sweden, Qatar, Egypt, Argentina, and Bahrain- After Denmark and Sweden its a crapshoot who advances, I could see Argentina advancing.

Toughest Groups-

1.A- With 5 teams that could advance and the closeness of 2-4 this will be an interesting group

2.C- This group is loaded in the top 4 seeds, but, the bottom 2 do not make this a group of death

3.D- Who gets seeds 3 and 4 make this interesting, power wise its the weakest group behind, Denmark and Sweden, but, which of the 3 teams will get the 2 spots will make this one to watch

4.B- The only thing interesting here is who gets 2nd or 3rd

Dark horses-

1.Brazil-If they can beat Poland or Russia they could sneak into the round of 16.They are coming off a 3rd place finsh in their olympic group before losing to France

2.Argentina- They have to beat Egypt or Qatar and both are possible, they can do that and I wouldnt be shocked if they did pull it out

3.Qatar-They could go either way, they can get hot,and upset Germany then they should get France in the Quarters or they can go thud and be out and finish 5th in their group.

Teams that can go dud-

1.Sweden-They had a bad Olympic game, I see them rebounding here because of a weak group they could finish 2nd, but, if they lose to Qatar and Argentina they could easily end up 5th

2.Poland-I have them 4rh in group A, but, if they lose to Brazil they could be heading to heading to Brest for the President’s Cup (5th and 6th Place tournament) instead of the Round of 16

3.Qatar-They had a good run in 2015, they upset Germany and Poland before losing to France, this team is different than the one 2 years ago, but, they still have talent, but, if they lose to Argentina and Egypt they could be also going to Brest as well.




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