Handball Champions League Betting Odds Comparison and Preview

Handball isn’t huge in the UK but in many parts of Europe it is actually the most popular sport. The fast pace of the game makes it exciting to play and watch, whilst those betting on handball will find the excitement cranked up a notch or two.

The EHF (European Handball Federation) Champions League obviously isn’t as glamourous as its football namesake. However, for fans of handball it is just as exciting and if you want to have a bet on it, or any major sporting event, our odds comparison is a brilliant resource.

Our odds comparison covers individual matches in the Champions League, including in the qualifying rounds. It also covers the outright winner betting, meaning whatever you want to bet on, obtaining the biggest and best betting odds is quick, easy and without hassle. Landing a bet at odds of 10/1 is great but discovering you could have got 12/1 isn’t so great. Don’t miss out ever again – bookmark our odds comparison for all of your future betting!

Whilst the EHF was founded in 1991 (the 17th November to be exact), the Champions League wasn’t created in its current guise until 1993. However, its forerunner, the European Champions Cup, which was administered by the International Handball Federation, dates back to 1956.

Naturally there have been many changes to format over the years but as of the 2017-18 season there are 28 teams that take part from the Group Stage onwards. Prior to that there is a qualification process, whilst following the Group Stage there are knockout rounds to whittle 16 sides down to two finalists.

Historically Barcelona have been the most successful team in pan-European handball. They have won the Champions League (including when it was known as the European Champions Cup) a total of nine times. Four further finals appearances puts them well ahead of Germany’s THW Kiel, who have made the final seven times, winning three of those.

Another German side, VfL Gummersbach, have made six finals, winning an impressive five of those. However, their last success was way back in 1983, with their other five final showings all taking place between 1967 and 1974.

In more recent times Ciudad Real have been to the fore, winning the Champions League in 2006, 2008 and 2009, whilst making the final in 2005 and 2011. The defending champions are Macedonia’s RK Vardar. Polish side Vive Targi Kielce won in 2016, whilst Hungarian outfit MKB Veszprém have been runner-up three times since 2002.

That really illustrates the continent-wide appeal of the sport and the Champions League in particular. This popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed by the modern sporting giants around Europe and, as in football, Paris Saint-Germain are a growing force within the game.

PSG’s handball side was founded way back in 1941 but they made a first final appearance last year. They were edged out 23-24 by Vardar in a real thriller in Cologne but are very much well fancied to go one better this time around.

In the current outright winner betting PSG are available at odds of 13/8 with William Hill. At the time of writing not too many betting sites are offering odds on the overall winner but we predict that will change very soon. PSG are undoubtedly worthy favourites, having added to their squad from what was already a very strong group.

Last term they had three of the top 10 high scorers and German Uwe Gensheimer will once again be the main man for them. With Mikkel Hansen also a major threat, the Parisians have the clinical attacking players that are needed at this level and they will take some stopping.

FC Barcelona Lassa are next in the outright winner betting at best betting odds of 7/2, with defending champions Vardar not too far behind at 4/1 with William Hill. Telekom Veszprem make up the quartet of sides available at single figure odds to go all the way but there are other contenders too.

Rhein Neckar Lowen, Vive Tauron Kielce and SG Flensburg-Handewitt are all available at odds of 12/1 and all three definitely have the capability of going all the way if things go their way.

Ultimately there is a lot of handball to be played and a lot of goals to be scored before the Champions League final ion May next year. Whoever you fancy in the outright winner market, we wish you good luck and here’s to a great season!

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