Pre-match: PSG Handball – Veszprém
A crunch clash for top spot
184 goals scored, 164 conceded… After six matches, as they get set to clash head-on, Veszprém and Paris share the exact same attacking and defensive statistics. There is a slight advantage for the Hungarians, who top Group B with 11 points (five wins, one draw). The Rouge et Bleus are just behind them, on ten points, and the balance of power could shift as of Sunday, when a win would see our side end the first half of the group phase atop the table.
Lekai, the jewel in the crown
Ljubomir Vranjes's side, packed with talent, are obviously one of the favourites to take the title - especially after having featured in the last four Final4s in a row. But that's no great surprise when you look at their squad, which includes the likes of Laszlo Nagy, Andreas Nilsson, Mirko Alilovic and Momir Ilic. But since the beginning of the campaign, it has been 29-year-old playmaker Mate Lekai who has shone the brightest. He tops the competition's scoring chart with 42 goals, having turned in some stunning performances, like his nine-goal haul against Flensburg (28-27), with a raft of assists for his teammates.
Willy returns to Coubertin
One of the players on the roster of the 2016 Velux EHF Champions League runners-up is no stranger to this fixture. However, this time, William Accambray will be turning out for the Hungarians giants. Willy left the capital club in the summer and this will be the first time he returns to his old stomping ground, where he won three Lidl StarLigue titles. He also featured in both of Paris' Velux EHF Champions League Final4 appearances.
In each of their last five European campaigns, Paris have crossed paths with VHC. This will be their tenth confrontation - in the space of three and a half years - and while our side have won the last three (including one in the semi-final last season), the overall record is evenly poised, with each side having four wins and a draw. If Zvonimir Serdarusic's men can claim victory, it they will take the lead in the head-to-head record as well as the Group B table… the stakes have effectively been doubled!
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