18.10.2018, 01:00
Metz and Kobenhavn vie to stay on top

GROUP A/B PREVIEW: The domestic champions from France and Denmark both have a one-point lead in their respective group and have a home match coming up in Round 3


Metz and Kobenhavn vie to stay on top

In Group A of the Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/19, leaders Metz are trying to stay in front when they host Buducnost in a Round 3 match on Sunday. In a Scandinavian derby on Friday, Larvik HK and Odense HC will meet each other for the first time.

After winning both their previous matches in Group B, Kobenhavn Handball hope to extend their perfect record against Rostov-Don on Saturday, a day before IK Sävehof and Brest Bretagne Handball both seek their first victory of the season.

GROUP A

Larvik HK (NOR) vs Odense HC (DEN)
Friday 19 October, 18.45 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Scandinavian derby is the first ever match between the two clubs

  • Larvik gained self-confidence last week with 23:22 win against Buducnost

  • debutants Odense are still chasing their first Champions League win, having gathered one point from their first two matches

  • Odense won 34:27 at TTH Holstebro this week despite missing injured (knee) Stine Jørgensen, while Larvik had no domestic league game

Metz Handball (FRA) vs Buducnost (MNE)
Sunday 21 October, 17.00 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • group leaders Metz want to remain undefeated after getting three points from two matches so far

  • Buducnost need to recover from their surprise defeat at Larvik last week

  • Buducnost lead the head-to-head stats of their previous 12 meetings with nine wins, while Metz have three

  • both teams share a group for the third time in the last four years

GROUP B

Kobenhavn Handball (DEN) vs Rostov-Don (RUS)
Saturday 20 October, 13:45 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • both teams are still undefeated after Round 2

  • Kobenhavn are one of just two teams with the maximum four points from two matches, alongside Györ in Group C

  • Kopenhavn’s 68 goals are the second most in the competition, behind Györ’s 72

  • Rostov opened with a win but lost a point in Brest last week

IK Sävehof (SWE) vs Brest Bretagne Handball (FRA)
Sunday 21 October, 15:00 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • the two clubs meet for the first time in a European Cup competition

  • Sävehof are eager to finally claim their first points of the season

  • Brest are still waiting for their first ever victory in the EHF Champions League

  • Brest’s right back Ana Gros is the second best scorer of the competition, with 17 goals

TEXT: Peter Bruun, Sergey Nikolaev / ew


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