ROUND PREVIEW: And entirely Danish and an entirely Norwegian encounter are on the menu in the third round of the Women's Cup Winners' Cup which starts this weekend.
National derbies in Denmark and Norway
At least one Danish and one Norwegian team will have to leave the Cup Winners' Cup already after the third round. That is a fact, as this round will see national encounters in both countries.
In the Arena Randers, Randers HK, who were in the main round of the Women's EHF Champions League as late as in the 2012/13 season, are receiving Danish league colleagues, HC Odense Sunday afternoon. Judging by the two teams' positions in the domestic league table, Randers should be favourites.
Having failed to qualify for the EHF Champions League Group Matches, FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria will undoubtedly be eager to get far in the Cup Winners' Cup. Their first hurdle in that attempt will be ZORK Jagodina from Serbia. FTC are playing at home in Budapest in the first match Saturday afternoon.
Cluj is not the only place in Romania, where there will be Cup Winners' Cup handball this weekend, though. In Roman, HCM Roman are taking on Skuru IK from Sweden, and it will be an optimistic Swedish team who show up in the North Eastern part of Romania.
“It is a tough, but not impossible task. We have a great feeling in the team after our matches so far this autumn," Skuru coach Anders Skogäng told the website of the Swedish Handball Federation.
TEXT: Peter Bruun / br
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