Rhein-Neckar Lowen vs MT Melsungen / Bundesliga Handball – The team of R.N Lowen has entered the new season perfectly and they already have five wins in three different competitions, while Melsungen expectedly celebrated in the Cup and they have a half-effect in the first two rounds. R.N Lowen has won the Super Cup with a safe win over Flensburg, and they did not have heavy rivals in the championship as well as in the Cup. Melsungen has lost in the first round on their field, while they celebrated as guests in the second. Last season Melsungen has unexpectedly celebrated in both competitions against R.N Lowen.
Rhein-Neckar Lowen vs MT Melsungen begins 05.09.2018 at 19:00 CET
Already at the opening of the season it is clear that R.N Lowen is determined to win both domestic trophies this season, after they have only won the Cup last season. They have lost the championship in the dramatic finale and the main culprit the team of Melsungen, which defeated them in Mannheim, and it cost them a lot at the end. Flensburg was the champion, and they have mastered this team in the Super Cup with a very secure 33:26, so they have at least to some extent revenged to the team from the North of Germany.
Now they have a great desire to revenge to Melsungen and they have been in good shape which is evidenced by their wins over Lemgo and Stuttgart, where they have received a small number of goals, which means their defence played great. They made some changes in the team this summer and also lost Pekeler, Reinkind, Baena and Du Rietz, but brought a few new players, like Fath and Lipovina, two pivots Nielsen and Kohlbacher, and defence specialist Abutovic.
Probable lineups Rhein-Neckar Lowen: Appelgren, Sigurdsson, Fath, Schmid, Petersson, Groetzki, Kohlbacher
Melsungen had a modest past season and they eventually won the seventh place, but they had a very good time, and were especially inspired by R.N Lowen, which they managed to overcome twice. Especially impressive their guest victory when they played relaxed and with unusual tactics with three pivots confused their opponents. In the new season, they have expectedly celebrated twice in the Cup, but at the opening of the championship they have suffered unexpected home defeat from Magdeburg with 28:23, in a match in which they did not manage to seriously jeopardize the victory of the opponent.
In the second round, however, they performed much better and made a safe triumph against Bietighe as guests with 33:24, with the proviso that they had problems in the first half in which they had only one goal advantage. They have strengthened their game in defence in the second half and only received eight goals in that period of the game. This summer they have lost their young pivot Golla, but they still have Maric and Danner in that position. They have retained the backbone of the team, and interesting reinforcement could be Pavlovic.
Probable lineups MT Melsungen: Sjostrand, Allendorf, Kuhn, Pavlovic, M.Muller, Reichmann, Maric
Rhein-Neckar Lowen vs MT Melsungen PICK
The host will have a big motive in this match, all because of their defeat from last season, however, Melsungen can be a very unpleasant rival and they may be a tough nut again, which is why we think that Lowen cannot celebrate convincingly in this match.
Pick: Melsungen +6.5
Odds: 1.90 at williamhill (down to 1.80 can be played)
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