Rhein-Neckar Lowen vs. Flensburg / Handball Bundesliga – This is a new mega handball Bundesliga derby between leaders R.N. Lowen and third-ranked Flensburg, which can completely complicate the fight for the championship title and in the event that the guests achieve victory, while in the case of a home win, Flensburg will practically be eliminated from the race. The difference is now five points, but Lowen has one more match and then it is realistically only three points, which is why Flensburg can with a victory get back into the game. Both teams play in the Champions League, where they achieved in the last round made a home win, but Flensburg is better ranked in their group. Flensburg has a series of seven wins in all competitions, while Lowen recorded three victories. In the first this seasons duel, the “Lions” have totally unexpectedly defeated Flensburg with 32:25 away. Begins: 17.02.2016. – 20:15 CET
The current leader of Bundesliga and the vice-champion of last season is in the hard pace and they having some pretty tough games to play, in which there is not much space for relaxation. Immediately after the break, Lowen had a Champions League match against Vardar Skopje and they needed a victory to remain in fourth place in the group. We knew it would be difficult, because the rival is very inconvenient and Lowen was convincingly defeated from the same team in Skopje. This time they celebrated, however, it was a dramatic match which finished with 28:27, but it could have easily been a draw.
In the first round of the second part of the season in Bundesliga they played against the unpleasant Goppingen and they managed easier than expected to get to the triumph of 26:19, with excellent defensive play. However, the first name of the name of the match was their centre back Schmid who scored even 11 goals, while he scored ten against Vardar and really is the first hope of his team. Great news is that the top scorer of the team, left wing Gensheimer is recovered, so the only one who is on the list of injured players is right wing Groetzki.
Probable lineups Lowen: Appelgren, Gensheimer, Du Rietz, Schmid, Petersson, Steinhauser, Pekeler
Flensburg has not played any matches after the break in the championship, so this will be the first real trial and it will bring an answer to the question of whether the team from the very north of Germany has the strength to engage in the fight for the title. If they lose, the backlog will be too big and they can only defend third place or possibly fight for second. If they win, then everything is open and by the end they will have a chance to win the title. They have a series of four championship wins, which started after the home defeat against “Lion”, which was very unpleasant and that ultimately could also cost them dearly.
Flensburg has managed to keep the good form from the end of the first part of the season, which was has proven by the Champions League match when they on Sunday defeated their great rival, team Kiel with 37:27. After quite a tied first half, in the second half-time Flensburg scored even 20 goals and completely mastered the “Zebras” for the return at the top spot in the group. Goalkeeper Andersson traditionally plays good against Kiel, and he managed to record as many as 22 defenses while Lauge Schmidt was the excellent in offensive with nine goals. Their pivot Heinl is back in the team after his injury and as well as centre back Gottfridsson, so the team is now complete.
Probable lineups Flensburg: M. Andersson, Eggert, Lauge Schmidt, Mogensen, Glandorf, Svan Hansen, Heinl
Rhein-Neckar Lowen vs. Flensburg PICK
This could be one tied match, because Flensburg showed that they are in good shape, while Lowen very rarely loses points at home. That is why we give them a slight advantage, but it is really a true statement that Flensburg can be very unpleasant.
Pick: R. N Lowen wins
Odds: 1.60 at bet365 (down to 1.55 can be played)