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10.01.2019, 11:04
Esbjerg and Viborg hope to impress again
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ROUND PREVIEW: Danish sides Esjberg and Viborg hope to continue their good form as the Women's EHF Cup continues

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Esbjerg and Viborg hope to impress again

In Round 2 of the Women's EHF Cup Group Phase, the focus will be on Denmark, where three matches are to be played. Meanwhile Danish side Team Esbjerg will compete in a Nordic clash in Stavanger.

In total, eight matches are scheduled for the upcoming weekend, and six of them will be streamed live on ehfTV.com.

GROUP A

Storhamar Handball Elite (NOR) vs Team Esbjerg (DEN)
Sunday 13 January, 15:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Storhamar started the group phase with a defeat at Bietigheim
  • Betina Riegelhuth, who scored eight goals in that game, will now face Esbjerg, where she played in 2015/16
  • Esbjerg claimed their biggest ever victory in European club competitions, 41:18 against Magura Cisnadie
  • On Wednesday, Esbjerg had another great game, beating fellow EHF Cup team Viborg 32:22 in the Danish league

Sports Club Magura Cisnadie (ROU) vs SG BBM Bietigheim (GER)
Sunday 13 January, 17:30 local time

  • Magura Cisnadie will try to recover from a devastating loss at Esbjerg
  • The Romanian team is currently third-placed in their domestic league
  • Bietigheim are second in the German league, behind Thuringer
  • On Wednesday, Bietigheim won a German Cup quarter-final against Buxtehuder (24:22)

GROUP B

TusSies Metzingen (GER) vs Siófok KC Hungary (HUN)
Saturday 12 January, 20:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Both teams started the group phase with victories
  • For Metzingen, it was the seventh straight win in the EHF Cup since qualification round 1
  • Similar to Bietigheim, Metzingen won a German Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, beating Neckarsulm 25:19
  • Siófok's Andrea Kobetic is the top scorer of the Women's EHF Cup Group Phase with 11 goals

Herning-Ikast Handbold (DEN) vs IK Sävehof (SWE)
Sunday 13 January, 16:30 local time

  • Both Scandinavian sides suffered defeats in the opening round
  • For Sävehof, it was the seventh straight loss in European club competitions this season
  • Six previous defeats took place in the Women's EHF Champions League, including two against another Danish team, Kobenhavn
  • Herning-Ikast lost a Danish league game against top-placed Odense 23:31 on Wednesday

GROUP C

Viborg HK (DEN) vs E.S Besancon Feminin (FRA)
Saturday 12 January, 16:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Viborg grabbed two points at Larvik
  • It was their seventh win in as many games of the EHF Cup, starting from qualification round 1
  • In contrast, Viborg are only eighth-placed in Danish league
  • Besancon won a French league derby against Dijon on Wednesday (31:30)

Kuban (RUS) vs Larvik HK (NOR)
Sunday 13 January, 16:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Kuban enjoyed a good start in the group phase, winning at Besancon
  • Diana Golub was the Russian team's best scorer with eight goals
  • Kuban have an all-Russian squad; Larvik have an almost entirely Norwegian roster except for two Swedes
  • Larvik lost to Fana (20:19) in a Norwegian league game on Wednesday

GROUP D

Super Amara Bera Bera (ESP) vs SCM Craiova (ROU)
Saturday 12 January, 18:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Bera Bera lost at Podravka in Round 1
  • Title holders Craiova won at home against Nykobing
  • The Romanian side conceded only 12 goals in that game
  • Craiova have won all three EHF Cup games this season, including in qualification round 3, but never scored more than 19 goals

Nykøbing Falster Håndbold - NFH (DEN) vs HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)
Sunday 13 January, 18:00 local time

  • Nykøbing had a poor start to the competition, losing at Craiova
  • 12 goals was by far NFH’s lowest scoring record in European club competitions
  • In contrast, Podravka scored 32 goals, the second-best result in Round 1 behind Esbjerg
  • Podravka's win against Bera Bera ended their three-game losing run from the Women's EHF Champions League

TEXT: Sergey Nikolaev/jh
 
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