All you need to know about PSG Handball - Chambéry
Liqui Moly StarLigue leaders Paris Saint-Germain Handball will try to confirm their status on Sunday afternoon as they play host to Chambéry at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin on Sunday afternoon.
After five rounds of league action, Les Rouge et Bleu are once again in dominant form, boasting the best attack (190 goals), the second-tightest defence (132) and above all a perfect record of five wins! After their 25-32 victory over Nîmes, with whom they were level on points before throw-off, the Parisians are now in sole control of the Liqui Moly StarLigue rankings.
Chambéry are not far behind, but could be even better placed had they not dropped points that seemed within their reach! Although the Savoyards have managed some strong performances, such as their victory in Toulouse on the opening day of the season (27-30), they have also fallen short on several occasions, most recently when they lost at home to Chartres (24-25).
After seven seasons spent with Silkeborg in Denmark, Sebastian Skube (older brother of Stas, who plays for Mehskov Brest) made the move to France when he joined Chambéry in the summer. A great choice for the 34-year-old Slovenian centre-half, who has been shining in the Yellow and Black's offensive line. He is currently his side's top scorer with 18 goals, including a powerful 7 from 9 at Limoges (36-33).
Best 7 🔥 The victory over @SPRWisla is one reason! Sebastian Skube led #BjerringbroSilkeborg , especially in the second half, to the victory. Skube scored nine goals in total.— EHF Champions League (@ehfcl) February 25, 2019
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Right-winger Benjamin Richert is also someone to watch out for. Although his single-season goal record was 19 heading into the last campaign, he smashed his tally by almost 1000% by slamming home 183 league goals. A two-time world champion with France's youth teams, as well as a European champion in 2016, the 23-year-old has also bagged silverware at club level, with a French Cup in 2019. So far this season, he is on 17 league goals.
Portner in goal
Defensively, Erick Mathé's men are also doing well (138 goals conceded), not least because they can rely on an excellent last line of defence in Nikola Portner. He has just announced his departure for Magdeburg next season and is the league's fourth most successful goalkeeper this season, with 56 saves.
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Head to head
This is the 32nd direct confrontation between Chambéry and Paris in the league. The capital club dominates proceedings with 18 wins, two draws and 11 defeats. Their last defeat to Chambéry was on 15 October 2014, at the Phare (33-32). On that day, Les Rouge et Bleu were up against an excellent Yann Genty (now a Parisian), who managed to repel 18 shots. Since then, our team remains on a 12-game unbeaten streak against the side from the Savoy region.
Samedi matin et déjà 5 matchs de Liqui Moly StarLigue joués ! 💪— Ligue Nationale de Handball (@LNHofficiel) October 16, 2021
Ce soir, à 20h, 2 belles rencontres en perspective ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/9iTPNraxra
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