Published Published: July 2, 2019 Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Betting on handball

Betting on handball has never been this exciting! With the quality of the game rising every year we can be
sure to see some very thrilling handball games! We find the best of
the best competing in the Champions League, where we see the European
top teams going at it to get the title. As handball is not the
biggest of sports in the UK, we thought a comprehensive  guide could help you out when betting on one of the more interesting team sports
out there. The game is fast and it can be hard to understand what you
are betting on and missing out on.

Handball is a game that is played
for 60 minutes, divided into two 30 minute halves, teams compete with
7 starting players on the field, one being the goaltender. You are
allowed only 3 steps with the ball without bouncing, passing or
shooting it. This makes it a very fast game with the ball moving back
and forth a lot on the field. Normally we can see up to 40-50 goals
in a game, unless it is a very tight one.

While looking at international handball
odds we have noticed that UK bookies only have slight knowledge of
the biggest leagues, such as Champions League, Bundesliga, the
Spanish and the French league. So you can find some pearls here, but
be aware, you might get limited fast if you are too good. Odds
heavily rely on statistics for UK traders. Injuries and absent
players are not always taken into consideration and it is much harder
to find match analysis and similar information than for instance in
football. So if we want to beat the bookies, we need to make sure we
know at least as much as them.

Getting your pre-match information

As a newcomer to a sport you need to make sure that
you understand the odds, and have a good overview of the game you are
interested in. With handball not being the largest sport in the UK it
can be hard to find good information in the papers, especially if you want to put down your pre-game bets in time.
We recommend that you take a good look at statistics for the upcoming
game as well as handball forums. In the forums is where you normally
find the information that takes you to the next level, people here
might know if important players are injured or not participating in a
game. For instance, if a star player is behind 40% of goals through
scoring or passing and is missing before a game, this would have a
great impact on the team. There was once a case of a match where 5
out of 7 starting players got food poisoning before a game,
oddsmakers did not notice until 30 minutes had passed, this would
have a huge impact on the odds, maybe a decrease up to 70%! In
cases like this you won the bet almost before game even started.

Maybe even look at local newspapers to find information for the teams
competing, they can come with some golden bits for you.

If you want to find the best bets we recommend you look at low
tier games, such as friendlies or nationals. Here you can find some
good odds where bookies act in the dark. We recommend friendlies
between teams from different nations as it is harder for bookies to
keep track for the upcoming games. Sometimes in friendlies teams are
not competing with their best team or have players missing, they
might even want to focus more on a specific part of the game, you can
find some good odds on handicap betting here.

You can also play on the line as many people do in football and
other sports. This is where you follow the odds as more people have
bet on the lowered odds, make sure to have a good look in time though
so you don’t miss out on the better odds. To be in front you can
always follow professional gamblers, some sell tips before games if
you want to be there before everyone else. We highly recommend you
have a look at Spanish, French or German gamblers if you wish to get
the best pre-match handball tips, this because handball is a bigger
sport in these countries so you can be sure gamblers from these
countries have a really good eye for this.

The main divisions found in handball are the German, French,
Spanish, Danish and Swedish leagues, this is where the sport is a
little bit bigger. Then we can find big international tournaments as
well, the largest ones are as follows:

Champions League, which is
similar to it’s football equivalent. You find the best teams from the
countries playing for the title.

EHF cup winners cup, where national cup winners compete.

The Olympic games, handball is a very appreciated sport within the
Olympics, and punters find good bets every 4th year here
when the tournament takes place.

European championship, where all the top European teams come
together and compete for the title as best of Europe. Top teams also
qualify to the World championship through here.

World championship, where the top teams of the world compete for
the title as best in the world. European teams normally do very well
in this competition.

What markets can I bet on when betting on
handball?

There are many different odds offered in handball, it is a sport
where many goals are scored and conceded, this makes handicap betting
very interesting as you can find good odds here. Some of the markets
are as follows:

Match winner betting, 1X2 like usual, predict the winner of the
game here.

Half time winner betting, just like above it is 1X2 here, who will
win the first half.

Handicap betting, as there are a lot of goals in handball this is
one of the more popular options to bet on, punters often offer
interesting odds here when there is a clear underdog to make the game
more interesting.

Over/Under goals betting, just like in football you can find
over/under odds. This is where you predict if the game will have over
or under a certain amount of goals.

Odd/Even betting, you can bet on the total amount of goals being
an even or an odd number. Same goes for 1st half odd/even
betting.

Which half will have more goals? You may also bet on this in
handball.

These are the most commonly found markets when it comes to
handball betting. You can also find markets for the league, who will
finish where etc. These are mostly available when the season is
starting though. We recommend you take a good look before you place
your bets,

so you have good knowledge of the markets and the odds. If
you wish to gamble in-play this is also possible, keep an eye out for
extra good players for the day, a goaltender can have great effect
for the game if he makes an outstanding save. It can weaken the other
team and strengthen the confidence of his team, if you see this
happen it can be a good time to place an in-play bet. We would
strongly advice not to bet on draw as well, it does happen but it is
not too often, it would pay out really well but that’s because of the
rarity of it happening.

Handball betting systems

Often while gambling we use different strategies or systems to
give ourselves a better chance of winning. We have checked different
systems to see which one we consider better, and we will go through
them here but we do always advice you get your own pre-match
knowledge and do not rely on systems as in gambling you can never be
sure to win, if you keep gambling and gambling it is more likely the
opposite that happens, you can be sure to lose.

One way to gamble is using progression in your stakes when losing,
this is to “catch” losses while they still are low and then keep
advancing. The way this works is by you increasing your stake, say
you first put 20 on a team to win but they lose. Next time you will
put 40 to cover your loss and at the same time make some profit, but
be aware, this way can quickly go bad if you hit a bad series. We
strongly advice not to progress to more than 5 times your initial
stake.

Another way of betting is following the goals in the game, lets
say there were loads of goals in the first half, 25 of them.
Bookmakers would then set something like 52 for the line, but the 2nd
half may be the complete opposite, coaches may let the better players
rest if they are in a big lead to avoid injuries and such. We noticed
that games quite often change in the halftime and would not advice to
gamble for many goals just because in the 1st half there
were many.

In-play bets on draw after watching a tight game, a draw often
offer very high odds, if you follow a game where the teams have been
very close you can see odds fluctuating between 5-7 for a draw after
45 minutes played. After analyzing 1000 games our punter found that
he made a 4% profit betting for draws. In friendlies the draw was
more common than in competitive games.

High handicaps for weaker teams, we have found that oddsmakers
normally put very high handicaps for the weaker teams, here you can
find really good odds that are probable to win. They normally put
high handicaps to make it seem like they are worse than they are, we
found many good professional tipsters bet on the underdog and not the
favorite in this market.

In friendly games to bet over the line, often in these games
coaches are trying out different tactics and players. This can cause
defense to be worse than normal for both teams. But bookies already
know this and put higher lines for these games, we can still find
some pearls though if we do proper research or find a good tip.

You can do these bets both pre match and live, but if you are
betting live, make sure you are watching the game so you know what is
going on!

Where can I bet on handball?

In the UK handball is not one of the bigger sports, so UK bookies
might not be as eager to offer odds on these games. Fortunately we
find many international casinos that offer many markets for handball.
Use this to your strength if you find UK bookies that offer the
sport, you can find good odds if you keep an eye open and do proper
research. Some casinos we know offer the sport are the big players,
Bet365, Betsafe, Betvictor, Ladbrokes and more. Often we can find
some odds but with no focus on the sport, some casinos have a better
focus with more markets to bet on. If handball is something you find
really interesting maybe sign up with one of the German, Danish or
Swedish based casinos as they countries have handball leagues with a
lot of people following.

Hopefully this guide on betting on handball has helped you
discover a new, exciting sport! With rapid speed and many goals you
can be sure not to be disappointed when watching the game, it excites
and engages people just like any other sport. Have a look at your
preferred bookie to see if they offer something for you too.

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