EHF Champions League Preview & Betting Guide

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We look at the new season of the EHF Champions League, could the 2023-24 see Spanish giants Barcelona return to winning ways or can German's Magdeburg successfully defend their title?

EHF Champions League Preview & Betting Guide
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

EHF Champions League

Sixteen teams will be competing in the 64th edition of the EHF Champions League looking to get their hands on the trophy come the end of the tournament. We look at the new season as well as previous winners of the EHF Champions League in this blog.

This tournament was created in 1956 and was originally known as the European Champions Cup, the format and name stayed in place until 1993 when the current format was employed and the competition name was changed to the current EHF Champions League.

EHF Champions League Content

The first eight titles under the new format and name all went to a Spanish team, five of those being Barcelona but in recent times it has been more open, Barcelona's win in 2022 was only the second Spanish success since 2015 when they also won it, those three wins are the only Spanish success in the past ten years, will be another success for Barcelona this season? If you are thinking of backing them make sure you read our Best Bookie for Handball Betting before doing so.

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EHF Champions League Preview

The 2023-24 EHF Champions League Kicks off in September 2023 and with fourteen rounds of top-class action, the regular season will run through to March of 2024 before going to the playoffs. The season is made of two groups of eight teams where a round-robin system is deployed with teams playing the other seven teams home and away with a total of fourteen games.

The top two teams from each group will advance straight to the quarter-final stages of the playoffs whilst those in third to sixth (4 from each group) will play one knock-out round to decide which four teams will join the others in the quarter-finals. The playoffs will begin around the end of March and will conclude with the final which will take place in June.

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Most Successful EHF Champions League Nations

  1. Spain (17 Wins / 13 Runners-Up)
  2. Germany (17 Wins / 10 Runners-Up)

Barcelona has made three of the last four finals and have finished top three in all of the last five seasons, they were beaten finalists in 2020 losing 33-28 to German team THW Kiel but in 2021 they won their 10th title when defeating Danish side Aalborg Håndbold 36-23 and then in 2022 landed title number twelve with a 37-35 win over Polish side Vive Kielce, they are the all-time most successful club in this tournament winning twice as many titles as their nearest rivals.


EHF Champions League Winners

Barcelona picked up the trophy in 2022 which was their eleventh tournament success with back-to-back wins. 2021 Runners-up Aalborg were the first Danish team to make it through to the final since Fredericia made the 1976 final, they were also beaten. The 2023 winners, Magdeburg have now won all four finals that they have made it to and that was their first success since 2002.

Season Champions Score Runners-Up
2022–23 Magdeburg 30-29 Vive Kielce
2021–22 Barcelona 37–35 Vive Kielce
2020–21 Barcelona 36–23 Aalborg Håndbold
2019–20 THW Kiel 33–28 Barcelona
2018–19 RK Vardar 27–24 Telekom Veszprém
2017–18 Montpellier 32–26 HBC Nantes
2016–17 RK Vardar 24–23 Paris Saint-Germain
2015–16 Vive Tauron Kielce 39–38 (PEN) Veszprém
2014–15 Barcelona 28–23 Veszprém
2013–14 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 30–28 THW Kiel

EHF Champions League Betting Tips

We have some excellent handball tipsters on OLBG who are making predictions on a daily basis, not only EHF Champions League tips either, they will be picking outcomes on matches available in other tournaments too like the Women's EHF Champions League and more, head over to the Handball Tips page to see what they are backing today. In addition to that page, we also have a Best Handball Tipsters page, here we only highlight tipsters who have made a profit over the past year so you will only see the best tipsters' tips. Below are some betting statistics which you can also use in helping you find a bet.

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Five-Year Favourite Statistics

The favourite statistics have been jumping around a bit in more recent seasons, in the 2019-20 seasons we saw a total of 70% of favourites winning the games, in 2020-21 that number jumped up to 76% which meant three in every four favourites were successful, however, that number took a big drop for the 2021-22 season with it falling from 76% down to 65% and it was up again last season with 72% of favourites winning. It's hard to gauge the favourites for this tournament based on that with it up and down so much but overall for the past five seasons, on average 71% of favourites have been successful.

  • 2018-19: 143-200 (71.50%)
  • 2019-20: 126-180 (70.00%)
  • 2020-21: 95-125 (76.00%)
  • 2021-22: 82-127 (64.57%)
  • 2022-23: 94-131 (71.76%)
  • Overall: 540-763 (70.77%)
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Five-Year Goal Statistics

The goals in this competition generally go over the 50-point mark with 88% of the matches over the last five seasons going over that mark, then the numbers start tumbling, just 5 goals more at 55 and we are looking at only 69% of games and once you get to 59 that drops below the half mark with only 47% of matches, the average number of goals per game stands at 59.08 over the last five seasons.

  • Over 52.5: 625 Games (81.59%)
  • Over 55: 530 Games (69.19%)
  • Over 57.5: 447 Games (58.36%)
  • Over 60: 326 Games (42.56%)
  • Over 62.5: 240 Games (31.33%)
  • Over 65: 142 Games (18.54%)
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EHF Champions League Most Wins

Barcelona had gone a few years without success before winning the 2021 title but they backed that up with another win in 2022, they have won more than twice as many as the next best, VfL Gummersbach, who has not tasted success since 1983, its another German team, THW Kiel, who has had more recent success with four wins since 2007 and beaten finalists four times since 2000 and Magdeburg who ended a 21 year wait for a title in 2023 have joined Kiel on four wins.

Rank Club Champions Runner-Up
1st Barcelona 11 5
2nd VfL Gummersbach 5 1
3rd THW Kiel 4 4
4th SC Magdeburg 4 0
5th Ciudad Real 3 2

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