Celje vs Flensburg Handewitt by 20Legend
Celje delivered a very strong win against Wisla Plock (26-31) in the last CL-match away from home which was a huge surprise. That win actually made them staying in the fight for a place among the final teams, but it requires two wins out of their last three games in the group stage. In addition to that Wisla Plock will have to lose two of their remaining games at the same time. Tonight’s host is struggling with some hard injuries this season as keeper Ivan Gajic and the three left-backs Marko Duljmovic, Arthur Patrianova and Povilas Babarskas are missing the match.
Flensburg has been in giant form lately and they are fighting for a top position in group A. 11 matches into the group stage, Flensburg has 6-0-0 at home and 3-0-2 to show for away, making them in 1st place with 18 points in total. That is the same amount of points as PSG, but the Germans have a better goal difference. They have also done well in Bundesliga so far as they won the top match against Rhein-Neckar Löwen (22-25). That result was Löwen’s first defeat at home this season, while Flensburg actually got back in the fight for the 1st place this season. It is looking a lot better in terms of injuries for Flensburg as both Lasse Svan Hansen and Kentin Mahe are back in training and could be ready for tonight’s game. However, the situation will be monitored closer to the match. Flensburg grabbed a solid win in their first meeting (30-20) in Germany earlier this season.
Celje has detonated multiple surprises through the recent years in CL especially at home, but they have not taken a single win at home this season (0-1-5). Their injuries on their left-backs and their best keeper Gajic have a lot to do with that situation, as Gajic could be a vital difference when he is in-form. However, he is reported to be missing tonight. Flensburg is in-form and their confidence level should avoid them from being taken by surprise this time. It was the case during their meeting in 2014 when Celje grabbed a narrow 26-25 win. Flensburg ends up as clear favorites tonight and Flensburg (-1.5) will be a natural pick.