Krisitanstad vs Barcelona by 20Legend
Kristianstad (2-1-9) has still an opportunity to advance from the group stage when it is only two games left with only two points up to Montpellier. The opportunity is given to them after Montpellier took a major knock against Kolding (27-26) with a narrow loss last weekend. However, Kristianstad’s chances are highly theoretical as they must beat Barcelona and Kolding. In addition Montpellier must also lose their remaining two games to fulfill the hopes of Kristianstad.
Barcelona (9-1-2) is at the very top of the group and will take a huge step towards becoming group winners if they win tonight. It is two points down to their closes rival for them 1st place, which is Vive Kielce. Barcelona have really been dominating in this group as only two losses have come their way in 11 games. This leading team will be missing Marko Kopljar to this match and it will be a defensive knock for them.
This meeting represents two of the greatest offensive teams in this group, but it must also be mentioned that Kristianstad is among the highest conceding teams in the whole tournament as well. Their last meeting was a dazzling contest that ended with a 34-32 win for Barcelona. The Swedish team usually plays with a high pressure against their opponents at home and it should be an amazing atmosphere tonight. All the tickets have been sold in a record-time and it should be a real feast for all the supporters that loves handball. We should be in for another match of high-speed between these two teams with a lot of shorter attacks as we saw in the opposite match. The host should struggle bigtime with controlling the top line of Barcelona. The line is naturally high in this match as the lowest is 61.5 goals and even if I expect a lot more of this game I choose this line.