Women's EHF Champions League Preview & Betting Guide

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Vipers Kristiansand head into the 31st edition of the Women's EHF Champions League having won the last three titles, the first Norwegian club to do so and will be looking for a fourth consecutive title in 2024.

Women's 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.

Women's EHF Champions League

The Womens EHF Champions League has sixteen teams competing to be crowned the EHL Champions League winners and we look will take a look at the new season as well as previous winners of the Womens EHF Champions League in this blog.

This tournament was created in 1961 and was previously known as the 'European Champions Cup', Romanian side Știința București won the first-ever tournament when beating Dynamo Prague 13-5 in the final but it was Spartak Kyiv who dominated things in the early years, between 1970 and 1988 the Soviet Union side won a total of thirteen titles and prior to that the Soviet Union also won titles with Trud Moscow (1963) and Žalgiris Kaunas (1967-68).

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The tournament changed its name in 1993 to the now EHF Women's Champions League and adopted the group and knockout system which was used right up until the 2012-13 season. The following season saw the DELO EHF FINAL4 system introduced where the final games of the season are staged in one location over one weekend, the two semi-finals on Saturday which are followed by the third-place game and the final on Sunday.

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2023-24 Women's EHF Champions League Preview

It is Vipers Kristiansand from Norway who will once again be defending their crown in this year's Women's EHF Champions League following their 28-24 victory over Hungarian side FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria.

That win was the third on the bounce for Vipers Kristiansand after their 34-28 success over French side Brest Bretagne Handball in the 2021 final and their 33-31 win over the third most successful team in this tournament, Győri Audi ETO KC in the 2022 final.

This used to be a tournament where you could expect the Scandiwegian countries to succeed, however, Vipers Kristiansand's success in 2021 was the first Scandiwegian success since Larvik Hk won the tournament in 2011 and the first since the introduction of the final four format system was introduced, between 2004 and 2011 all bar one winner (Zvezda Zvenigorod in 2008) came from a Scandiwegian country.

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Most Successful Womens EHF Champions League Nations

  1. Soviet Union (16 Wins / 3 Runners-Up)
  2. Austria (8 Wins / 5 Runners-Up) 
  3. Hungary (7 Wins / 12 Runners-Up)
  4. Denmark (7 Wins / 5 Runners-Up)

There has been plenty of back-to-back-to-back winners of this tournament in the past so a fourth consecutive success for Vipers Kristiansand would not be the biggest of surprises.

The beaten 2021 finalists, Brest Bretagne Handball were actually the first French side to make it through to the final in the history of the tournament and in the previously completed tournament, Metz Handball finished third in the 2022 tournament so keep an eye on the French teams as they seem to be improving.

If you are planning on placing bets on this season's Women's EHF Champions League then before doing so make sure to head to our Best Bookie for Handball Betting to see who ranks best.


Women's EHF Champions League Past Winners

Vipers Kristiansand became the first Norwegian winner of the tournament in 2021 since Larvik HK won it in 2011 and backed that up with more success in both 2022 & 2023 whilst Brest Bretagne Handball became the first-ever French finalist in 2021.

In recent years, it has been the Balkan countries (Southeast Europe) who have dominated the tournament, since 2012 the winners have come from Montenegro (ŽRK Budućnost x2), Hungary (Győri Audi ETO KC x5) and Romania (CSM București) with the only exception being the last three, Vipers Kristiansand from Norway.

Season Champions Score Runners-Up
2022–23 Vipers Kristiansand 28–24 FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria
2021–22 Vipers Kristiansand 33–31 Győri Audi ETO KC
2020–21 Vipers Kristiansand 34–28 Brest Bretagne Handball
2019–20 Tournament was cancelled
2018–19 Győri Audi ETO KC 25–24 Rostov-Don
2017–18 Győri Audi ETO KC 27–26 HC Vardar
2016–17 Győri Audi ETO KC 31–30 HC Vardar
2015–16 CSM București 29–26 Győri Audi ETO KC
2014–15 ŽRK Budućnost 26–22 Larvik HK
2013–14 Győri Audi ETO KC 27–21 ŽRK Budućnost

Womens EHF Champions League Betting Tips

The Womens Champions League is very popular on OLBG with plenty of handball tipsters getting involved with the competition, not only this tournament either, we have dedicated handball tipsters predicting match outcomes on a daily basis, all of which you can find on the Handball Predictions page. If you are only interested in those who are showing profits then the Best Handball Tipsters page is for you, here you will find only tipsters who have made a profit over the past twelve months and who have open tips.

Five-Year Favourite Statistics

The favourite statistics do highlight one thing and that is that the women's Champions League tournament is probably easier to call than the Men's Champions League where the favourite's data is generally all over the place. This tournament has seen jumps either way with each year, from a 68% favourite success rate in 2018-19 we then saw a big jump up to 70% the following season, however, move on to another season and we are back down to 68%! However, the past two seasons have seen an improvement, up from 68% to 73% for 2021-22 and then up to 77% for 2022-23.

  • 2018-19: 65-96 (67.71%)
  • 2019-20: 59-84 (70.24%)
  • 2020-21: 87-128 (67.97%)
  • 2021-22: 93-127 (73.23%)
  • 2022-23: 101-131 (77.10%)
  • Overall: 405-566 (71.55%)
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Five-Year Goal Statistics

The general rule of thumb in this tournament is the totals usually average somewhere between 45-48 with 92% of the game seeing 45+ points and then as you would expect, the numbers gradually drop off, once you get past 55 points then you are looking at close to half of the games (50.35%). The average number of goals per game is actually 55.47 which shows you do get some high-scoring games but on average, the number of games getting over 56 points is only 45%.

  • Over 47.5: 496 Games (87.63%)
  • Over 50: 420 Games (74.20%)
  • Over 52.5: 367 Games (64.84%)
  • Over 55: 285 Games (50.35%)
  • Over 57.5: 214 Games (37.81%)
  • Over 60: 126 Games (22.26%)
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Womens EHF Champions League Most Wins

With the Soviet Union's dominance in the early years, it's no surprise that Spartak Kyiv tops the pile for the number of wins after being crowned champions thirteen times, they now play under the name of HC Spartak Kyiv in Ukraine.

On eight wins is the Austrian club Hypo Niederösterreich who has been a dominant force in Austria but their last final came in 2008 and their last win was back in 2000. Hungarian's Győri Audi ETO KC are the most successful team in recent times with five wins between 2013 & 2019.

Rank Club Champions Runner-Up
1st Spartak Kyiv 13 2
2nd Hypo Niederösterreich 8 5
3rd Győri Audi ETO KC 5 4
4th Radnički Belgrade 3 4
5th Viborg HK 3 2

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