PSG Handball – Tremblay: pre-match

On Sunday afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Handball plays host to derby rivals Tremblay in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. 

A good run in the Lidl StarLigue
Struggling at the start of the season, the Ile de France side have found some form in recent weeks. They are undefeated in their last three outings and have won their last two matches in the top flight. Their 29-20 win over direct rivals Massy was a precious win, in some style as well, and they now sit 11th, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Papat, the man in form
One man personifies this return to form. A man, who makes his return to the Stade Coubertin, none other than Patrice Annonay. With 14, 18 and then 17 saves in his last three matches, Papat is one of the in-form 'keepers of the Lidl StarLigue. In Week 16, he was named Goalkeeper of the Week with 48% saves against the Lions. No doubt he will be looking to confirm his current for against his former club.

Tremblay's road to the quarters
Tremblay, like Paris, have only played one other top-glight team in the competition so far. While Les Rouge et Bleu defeated Nancy (Proligue) and Ajaccio (Nationale 2), Benjamin Braux's side have eliminated Sarrebourg (Nationale 1) and Billère (Proligue). Two wins acquired notably thanks to Patrice Annonay (17 saves vs Sarrebourg), but also Luka Sebetic, with seven goals since the start of the Coupe de France.

A second match in Paris
Last November, it was another former Parisian that shone against his former club in the form of  Samuel Honrubia. With 6 goals from 8, he gave his former teammates a scare before Paris made the game safe in the final minutes.The double world champion was denied by Thierry Omeyer, in the final minutes (57’: 24-23), before seeing Mikkel Hansen finish the game as a contest (25-23). Sunday promises to be every bit as tense!

How to follow the match (KO 17:30)

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