Preview: Celje – PSG Handball

On Sunday afternoon Paris Saint-Germain Handball will be back in European action! The Rouge et Bleu, Velux EHF Champions League Group B leaders, travel to Celje for their Round 11 clash.

Down but not out
With four matches left to play, the Slovenian side aren't in a great position. Sitting in seventh place, they trail Meshkov Brest (who have played one match more) by three points. There is still hope but their upcoming fixture list doesn't leave much room for optimism. After having played at home to Paris, Urban Lesjak and his teammates will travel to Kielce, host Aalborg and then hit the road for Veszprém. Mission: complicated, but not impossible!

Talent in front of goal
Celje have already pulled off a couple of upsets in this European campaign, beating Kielce (31-27), thanks notably to a 7 from 7 for Gal Marguc (22 years old and the club's top scorer with 39 strikes), and claiming victory at Kiel's Sparkassen Arena (26-29). There was also a youngster to thank on that occasion, Jaka Malus (also 22) helping the team to victory with an 8 from 10. Add to that the presence of France international Igor Anic (36 goals), Ziga Mlakar and Daniel Dujshebaev (33 goals), and it's clear that Branko Tamse's squad is full of quality.

A look back at the first match
In October 2017, the Rouge et Bleu had to battle long and hard to get the better of the tenacious Slovenian side, who refused to give and scrapped their way to a neck-and-neck position in the final minutes (53’: 28-26). Luc Abalo, who fired 3 from 3, took charge of matters in the final moments and clinched an important win for the capital club (32-37). Doubtless Paris will need to work every bit as hard to come back from the Zlatorog Arena with two points.

Qualification in our sights
A win in Slovenia would do Paris Saint-Germain Handball the world of good! As it stands, the capital club look to be on track to top Group B and qualify directly for the quarters. With a four-point lead over second-placed Flensburg (who come calling next week), a win on Sunday would get Paris that much closer to their objective with the three matches left to play. This weekend, the German side plays host to Poland's Kielce.

Preview: Celje – PSG Handball

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