HBC Nantes vs Flensburg-H / Handball Champions League – Nantes was last season one of the most brilliant surprises in the Champions League and they had a historic placement in the finals, while Flensburg was eliminated in the quarter-finals and they were both defeated by Montpellier. Nantes now has the obligation to defend what they have won last season and they will have a tough task as well as Flensburg who wants to return to the top. Both have started their national championships, but they did not succeed in the Super Cup, and it is interesting that this will be their first mutual duel.
HBC Nantes vs Flensburg-H begins 16.09.2018 at 19:00 CET
This is only the third participation in the Champions League for Nantes, but it should be said that they are already in the second round reached the finals, which many stronger teams have failed to do. Nantes has already in the group stage showed strength and quality and they mastered some great opponents and finally got to a great third place, and the first-ranked Vardar had just one point more. Later they had some luck and they got Brest Meshkov and Skjern for their opponents in the knockout stage, and they reached the semi-finals.
They have mastered the big PSG there, but they could not defeat Montpellier in the finals. At the start of the new season, they had another match against Montpellier in the semi-finals of the Super Cup and they were defeated again, after which they made a victory over PSG in the fight for the third place. In the championship, they made an easy victory against Pontault in the first round and they had big problems against Dunqerkue in the second and a victory with 20:19. They did not change the team much and the only player that left the club is Klein, who was replaced by Rivera, while Delecroix is the reinforcement on the right back.
Probable lineups HBC Nantes: Dumoulin, Rivera, Lie Hansen, Claire, Lazarov, Balaguer, Tournat
Flensburg is not thinking about last season anymore, because they are focused on the new season and they have already played five matches in the championship. They have recorded all five wins, but not just that, because they played two big derbies, and the victories in these matches are always of special value. The only derby they lost was in the Super Cup by R. Lowen, while they in the championship defeated Fuchse in Berlin with 30:25 thanks to a great game in the second half-time. This was accompanied by a great Northern derby against Kiel and these matches always have a special charge and weight.
Again they had problems in the first half when they had three goals backlog, however, they came back and took the lead which they kept till the end (26:25), with goalkeeper Buric as the hero of this victory. They have evenly distributed their strengths equally in attack when it comes to achieving goals, and they during the week defeated Eulen routinely with 35:23, and rested some of the players.
Probable lineups Flensburg-H: B.Buric, Wanne, Lauge Schmidt, Gottfridsson, Glandorf, Svan Hansen, Golla
HBC Nantes vs Flensburg-H PICK
Nantes is nothing weaker than last season, and they were great on their field, so we expect them to continue in this style as well. Flensburg is a better team and they are the champions of Germany, but they are outsiders in this hosting and we do not expect they will be able to avoid defeat despite their good shape.
Pick: Nantes wins
Odds: 1.96 at 888sport (down to 1.86 can be played)
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