FC Barcelona vs. Veszprem / Handball Champions League – The second round of the handball championship brings us some derby matches, and perhaps the most interesting is this duel in Blau Grana between rivals that want to win the title of European champion this season. Barcelona knows best how to win this trophy, because they have already won it nine times, while Veszprem has never been a European champion. Last season, both teams have failed and they were eliminated very early. Last time they met was two seasons ago, when Barcelona celebrated in two matches of the group stage and Veszprem in duel for third place.
FC Barcelona vs. Veszprem begins 22.09.2018 at 18:00 CET
Barcelona has great ambitions this season, but this is nothing new when it comes to the most successful European club. It is questionable how much this team really can, because they had a very good team last season and they were eliminated already in the round of sixteen. They were defeated by Montpellier, who later became the champion, though Barcelona with a bit of luck could have also done much more. They are entering the new season with three very convincing victories in the championship, of which two with more than 20 goals difference.
The third against Valladolid during the week was a little less convincing, however, they have lost against R.N Lowen with 35:34 in the first round of the Champions League. They were also had seven goals behind, and they reduced to just one goal minus in the finish. Their goalkeepers and left wings have failed completely, as well as the game organizer Palmarsson, while the right wing Gomez and the left back N'guessan were very good.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: de Vargas, Mortensen, N'guessan, Palmarsson, Mem, Tomas, Fabregas
Veszprem does not have an easy task in the first round of the Champions League, but they were the hosts and they played against the Polish champion Kielce. The match with this rival always reminds them on the 2016 finals, when they dropped the lead of nine goals and were thus left without the title of the European champion. They are always especially motivated because of this and this time they managed to celebrate with 29:27, in a real trench fight. They had a constant lead from start to finish but in one moment with four goals difference. It was mostly two or three and that means there was no time for relaxation.
Otherwise, last season was disastrous for Veszprem, because they were eliminated in the round of sixteen of the Champions League and they lost the title to the Hungarian team champion Pick Szeged. They have also brought some reinforcements for the new season, and those are goalkeeper Sterbik, who did not really shown much in the first round, but the left wing Strzel had the maximum effect as well as the left back Mackovsek. They also brought Mahe and R.Toft Hansen, and they started the Hungarian championship with three convicning victories.
Probable lineups Veszprem: Sterbik, Strlek, Ilic, Lekai, L.Nagy, Gajic, R.Toft Hansen
FC Barcelona vs. Veszprem PICK
Barcelona has already shown a lot of weaknesses in the first round, but now they are on their court, where they are always the favourites. Still, Veszprem has one really strong team and they are able to oppose the Catalans in Blau Grana, so the match might be uncertain.
Pick: Veszprem +2.5
Odds: 1.65 at sportingbet (down to 1.57 can be played)
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