Road to knock-out round begins in Hungary
The battle to reach the Men’s EHF Cup knock-out round begins on Friday in Hungary, when Grundfos Tatabanya KC host Croatian side RK Nexe in the first Group B match. On Saturday, Macedonian team HC Eurofarm Rabotnik will travel to Germany to meet TSV Hannover-Burgdorg.
The home teams appear to be the favourites, but Nexe and Rabotnik can make their paths to the two points tough.
Grundfos Tatabanya KC (HUN) vs RK Nexe (CRO)
Friday 8 February, 19:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com
Tatabanya are in great form, having won five of their last six games and drawing in the other
Nexe have stayed unbeaten in their last five clashes and lead the SEHA-Gazprom League
The Hungarian side are expecting to move forward from the group phase, but the first challenge is hosting the Croatian team and keeping the two points at home
The match will be held in Györ, home of the Women’s EHF Champions League title holders Györi Audi ETO KC
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (GER) vs HC Eurofarm Rabotnik (MKD)
Saturday 9 February, 19:30 local time, live on ehfTV.com
Hannover’s current domestic season is not meeting expectations, as the team’ modest performance means 14thplace in the Bundesliga
This season, Rabotnik have enjoyed 13 victories and one draw so far to lead the Macedonian standings and secure a spot in the play-off series. The Bitola-based side will fight for the championship title with Vardar and Metalurg
Only eight years after the Macedonian club was founded, it is an achievement for the squad to qualify for group phase