Zagreb vs Pick Szeged by 20Legend
A very exciting match takes place in Zagreb Arena this evening. Zagreb was one of the most surprising teams during last season, but they cannot afford to lose here. In such a tough group, it was also a huge surprise that they got beaten by Celje last weekend. It was a game that Zagreb has had great success in recent years, but Celje was able to strike back after taking advantage of their well-known counter-attacking style. One of Zagreb’s most vital players Luka Sebetic is finally back after recovering from a shoulder-injury. He got tested in a league game during midweek and will return to the squad. It is not certain how many minutes he will be playing, but the team morale will definitely get a boost just from Sebetic’ return. Pavlovic is still missing through injury.
Pick Szeged gave a very good performance in the tough game against Rhein Neckar Löwen (28-28) in the last match. Szeged had the initiative and managed to break down Rhein Neckar Löwen’s usually strong defensive line. They had the lead until only a few seconds remained, but the Germans equalized and it became a point for both teams. The team has made several changes in their squad from last season, but their strongest players are available and ready for the match against Zagreb.
Zagreb is favorites tonight because of the home advantage and the fact that Szeged has made a lot of changes from last season. It takes time to build another team with several new players coming in, but Szeged will make their mark on the tournament this year either way. However, this pick will be on goals and not on the winner of the match. Zagreb has been sharper offensively compared to defensively this season as their results show. Szeged has an offensive style themselves and several players that enjoy high-tempo which often leads to entertaining games. With Zagreb having more pressure on winning as well, they have to respond with high-tempo themselves. The line is therefore quite low in my opinion and over 52 goals will be my pick.