Japan - Macedonia
Handball, World Championship
Macedonia will face Japan in the opening match of Group B. I expect an interesting match in Munich and Macedonia are big favorites. However, I think Japan are able to cover the handicap, meaning they won t lose with more than four goals. Japan played three friendly matches in 2019, lost two of them, but none with big difference. They lost 27:25 to Portugal (06.01.2019), lost 31:34 to Tunisia (05.01.2019) and played 28:28 with Switzerland. The last two matches in 2018 were even better - Japan won 27:25 against Czech Republic (29.12.2018) and played 25:25 in the regular 60 minutes with Poland. As conclusion, Japan are quite solid team. Now about Macedonia. According to me, Macedonia are much weaker then before. Why? The answer is simple - Filip Mirkulovski retired from the national team. His absence is a huge handicap. Coach Raul Gonzalez has no adequate replacement on the playmaker position as Nemanja Pribak also withdraw from the national team. Macedonia already suffered a painful defeat from poor Greece in the last official match (28.10.2018). Considering this fact, I expect Japan to cover the handicap.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 11.01. 15:30h