Preview: PSG Handball – Tremblay

After beating Kielce on Sunday afternoon (29-30), Paris Saint-Germain Handball return to Lidl StarLigue action on Wednesday, taking on neighbours Tremblay, who are battling valiantly for survival.

On the right track
TFHB could easily have been intimidated at the start of the campaign. Proligue champions last season, the promoted side haven't made the return to France's top flight they were hoping for, having to wait until Round 6 to open their account, against Saran (35-25). While this win remains the only one of the season so far for Benjamin Braux's men, the side from the Paris region have gone close to other victories, notably getting a draw away to Cesson-Rennes (30-30) and pushing Chambéry (33-29). For the moment, however, they are more or less on track, with a one-point lead over the relegation places.

Unflattering stats
Tremblay dominated last season's Proligue campaign from start to finish, their 818 goals scored and 638 conceded earning them the best attack and defence in the division. At the highest level, however, things are much tougher in both sectors: while their attack is the ninth-most prolific in the league (276 goals), the back line is struggling, their 307 goals conceded only outdone by Saran's 322. Notably, Nantes put 45 goals past them when they met in Tremblay in Round 10 (33-45).

Old boys return
Several Tremblay players have played against Paris at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin before, while two more used to play for Paris. Emblematic 'keeper Patrice Annonay spent 11 years guarding the capital club's goal, winning a host of titles in the process and notably helping to keep the club in the top flight by saving a last-second penalty against Chambéry (30-29) in 2014. France international Samuel Honrubia, currently Tremblay's top scorer (39 goals) won three French titles with our team.

The stakes for Paris
Beaten last week away to Aix-en-Provence (33-31), Paris Saint-Germain Handball sit in third place in the Lidl StarLigue as Round 11 gets set to swing into action. This week they have a chance to make up ground on Nîmes (two points ahead), who play away to Nantes, and Montpellier (three points), who travel to Dunkerque. In terms of stats, Daniel Narcisse and his teammates are shining in every sector, with the league's most prolific attack (311 goals scored) and its tightest defence (256 goals conceded). In individual terms, Uwe Gensheimer remains top the scorers chart with 65 strikes.

To follow the match (throw-off at 20:45)

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(Credits: TeamPics/PSG)