Fleury Lorient vs Larvik by 20Legend
The French team Fleury Lorient was definitely being told a lesson by the Russian Rostov Don last weekend by losing an amazingly 38-21. It was not only the result that was devastating, but also the fact that their chances of advancing was blown away completely. What was even worse to see was that the Rostov Don actually chooses to rest several key-players in this match, including Katrine Lunde; one of the best goalkeepers in the sport. Fleury Lorient has also delivered too many disappointing performances at home in CL this season. The reason is that they must rely on their best player Barbosa, as her form in each game decides the outcome for the team. A very good example of that fact was shown in the opposite meeting with Larvik in Norway. The French girls managed to beat them with 26-31, thanks to Barbosa’s giant performance by scoring nine goals and serving her teammates in the buildup.
Larvik has another story of late as they have managed to take five wins from their last five games including two in CL and three in their domestic league. Their last loss actually came against Fleury Lorient in the opposite meeting, but their play seem to get better and better these days. Much of the responsibility for their development is based on the player’s commitment to step up. Tine Stange and goalkeeper Alma Grizovic have been two good examples for that and the goalkeeper will take a vital part in this match as well. Grizovic has made two great games in CL since losing for Fleury Lorient, against Thuringer (20-28 win) and Ferenvarcos (37-31 win). Wojtas is their only absence with a long-term injury.
The home team has nothing to play for tonight, but Larvik can achieve the 2nd place in this group if they win, while Gyor must beat Bucuresti and Budocnost must beat Midtjylland. This is a highly possible scenario and a 2nd place will probably mean that Larvik meats Vardar Skopje in the quarterfinal. Larvik’s coach, Tor Oddvar Moen, stated himself after the game against Ferenvarcos last weekend that facing Vardar Skopje would be their best alternative. That is something I will agree with as Vardar Skopje tends to give the most various performances of the three top teams in the other group. The motivation is without a doubt on Larvik’s side here today and I recon them as a better team compared to Fleury Lorient when they are in form. Another very important and psychological factor tonight is that Larvik plays their game before Gyor and Budocnost. That means that Larvik cannot be tactical and gamble by for instance loosing on porpoise in order to get what they want. They must simply do their part and leave the rest to the other teams after their own game is finished. Therefore I conclude with Larvik to win should be a good pick today as it is the only team that needs all points, which should be able to see on the pitch.