We’re close to the end of the European Championship 2016, and all that’s left is to play for medals. Croatia and Norway will meet again as they did earlier in the championship. That time Norway won, and we guess the Croatians are hungry to revenge that loss. Here are the predictions of Sascha Staat and Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Why Croatia will win against Norway:
Norway suffered a heart-breaking loss against Germany after leading for most of the second half and looking like the first finalist of the tournament. Although Scandinavians tend to forget rather fast, it is a tough pill to swallow. Croatia is also used much more to playing under pressure and playing for medals. It’s the first time ever that Norway has made it this far, which is a huge accomplishment, but just think about the likes of wing-combo Ivan Cupic and Martin Strlek, goalkeeper Mirko Alilovic and playmaker Domagoj Duvnjak. Any questions left? It’s also hard to imagine that Norwegian keeper Ole Erevik will have two outstanding games in a row, another reason which favors Croatia.
Why Norway will win against Croatia:
The Norwegian team come to the European Championship with expectations to barely survive to the main round, and then go home. The press and supporters had already booked their flight home, but they had to reschedule. the Norwegian team delivered fantastic, surprising handball that gave them the results they needed to have success in the Euro 2016. And, for the first time in history they now play for a medal.
Forgottten is the dramatic match against Germany, now all attention are on Croatia once again. The teams met each other in the preliminary round, where Norway once again won against the Croatians that seems to have some problems with the fast play of the Norwegians.
It’s been a long championship with many tought matches, it all comes down to which team that have most energy tonight. Scandinavians are known for their strong physics and conditions, and I think this will be one of the main factors that makes Norway a winner of the bronze medal.