European Women's Handball Championship Preview & Betting Guide

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We look ahead to the 16th edition of the EHF European Women's Handball Championship which will take place in 2024 and will be co-hosted by Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.

European Women's Handball Championship Preview & Betting Guide
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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.

European Women's Handball Championship

This tournament was founded in 1994 and has been dominated by two countries over the first fifteen tournaments with Norway and Denmark winning twelve of those between them.

The 2024 tournament will be the sixteenth edition, it will be the fourth hosted by more than one country and the second to be hosted in three different countries with Austria, Hungary and Switzerland sharing the hosting.

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This will be the first time either Austria or Switzerland have hosted this event, it will be Hungary's third time hosting having previously hosted in 2004 and also in 2014 when they co-hosted with Croatia, Norway won both of those tournaments.

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2024 European Women's Handball Championship Preview

The 2024 European Women's Handball Championship will take place between the 28th of November and the 15th of December 2024 and will be hosted in the three countries already mentioned, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.

The tournament will feature a total of twenty-four countries, the three hosts plus the reigning champions (Norway) all get automatic berths which means there are twenty more places up for grabs.

Top Scorers

With a total of 72 goals during the 2004 tournament, Hungarian Rojana Radulovic holds the record for most goals. Since that tournament, no player has scored more than 58 goals!

The hosting will be split between just four venues, two of which are in Hungary and then Austria and Switzerland have one hosting venue.

  • Budapest (MVM Dome - 20,022)
  • Basel (St. Jakobshalle - 12,400)
  • Innsbruck (Olympiahalle - 8,000)
  • Debrecen (Főnix Hall - 6,500)

European Womens Handball Championship Past Winners

Norway's record has been spectacular in this competition, they have now won eight of the last ten tournaments and are really dominating this tournament, having said that, they have not been running away with the finals, their last four have only been won by margins of 3, 1, 2 & 2 goals. France and Montenegro are the only two countries to stop the Norwegians since 2004 and the 2018 final is the only time since then that Norway didn't make the final.

Season Champions Score Runners-Up
2022 Norway 27–25 Denmark
2020 Norway 22–20 France
2018 France 24–21 Russia
2016 Norway 30–29 Netherlands
2014 Norway 28–25 Spain
2012 Montenegro 34–31 (ET) Norway
2010 Norway 25–20 Sweden
2008 Norway 34–21 Spain
2006 Norway 27–24 Russia
2004 Norway 27–25 Denmark

European Womens Handball Championship Betting Tips

Throughout the European Womens Handball Championship, the tipsters on OLBG will be predicting which countries will win their matches and these predictions will be found on the handball predictions page, which will contain European Womens Handball Championship betting tips from the first game right up until the final.

If you want to see which outcomes are being tipped by the profitable handball tipsters then head over to the best handball tipsters page, on this page, we only highlight tips from tipsters who have shown a profit over the past year for their handball picks.

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If you are planning on backing in this tournament, then before doing so, head over to our best bookie for handball betting article to make sure you get the most out of your betting experience at the European Womens Handball Championship.

Last Five Tournament Favourite Statistics

As with most handball tournaments, as the sport gained more popularity, the knowledge of the sport has grown which has resulted in the success rate of the favourites improving. It was only a 61.70% success rate in 2012 but that grew to 65.96% in 2014 and since 2016 it has been in the 70% range with it peaking at 74.47% for the 2018 tournament. You get an 80% success rate over the last five tournaments for favourites priced up 1.40 or shorter and on average 71.06% of favourites have won over the last five tournaments.

  • 2014: 31-47 (65.96%)
  • 2016: 34-47 (72.34%)
  • 2018: 35-47 (74.47%)
  • 2020: 33-47 (70.21%)
  • 2022: 34-47 (72.34%)
  • Overall: 167-235 (71.06%)
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Last Five Tournament Goal Statistics

You tend to find the women's version of these tournaments averaging slightly fewer than the men's and it's the same here, 55.03 goals per game on average for the men's equivalent and 51.45 for the women's. To hit that 90% rate, you have to set the bar as low as 42.5 with 90.21% of the games going over that line and it seems to dip rather quickly. You move up to 45 goals and we are down to just 77% of games exceeding that line and at 50 only 54% of games involve more goals so with a line set at 50 based on previous tournaments, that is really a flip of a coin.

  • Over 45: 181 Games (77.02%)
  • Over 47.5: 166 Games (70.64%)
  • Over 50: 129 Games (54.89%)
  • Over 52.5: 103 Games (43.83%)
  • Over 55: 64 Games (27.23%)
  • Over 57.5: 49 Games (20.85%)

European Womens Handball Championship Medal Table

When it comes to previous winners, the Scandinavian countries really have been a dominant force in this competition, of the fifteen previous tournaments, twelve of those have gone to either Norway or Denmark. Norway is by far the most successful with a total of nine golds compared to the three that Denmark has won, only three other countries have tasted success, those are France, Hungary and Montenegro.

Rank Club Gold Silver Bronze Total
1st Norway 9 3 1 13
2nd Denmark 3 3 0 6
3rd France 1 1 3 5
4th Hungary 1 0 3 4
5th Montenegro 1 0 1 2

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