Five things on Chartres - PSG Handball
On Saturday evening, Paris Saint-Germain Handball kick off a week of four games. The first stage takes place in the Lidl StarLigue, with the Round 17 trip to Chartres.
Continuing the perfect run
So far Les Rouge et Bleu boast a perfect record in the Lidl Starligue, with 14 wins from as many matches. They have a six-point lead over nearest rivals Montpellier, who have only played 13 games so far. Thus Raul Gonzalez's men have a chance to make it 15 in a row when they travel to Chartres, who have had a rough start to the season but are not necessarily in danger of relegation. Currently fourteenth, they are four points clear of top-ranked relegation contenders Créteil.
There is one player in the Chartres ranks who will need particularly: Vanja Ilic. The 27-year-old left winger is having a great season in France. With 62 goals in 11 appearances, he is tenth on the Lidl StarLigue's scorers chart and just 14 goals shy of his season total from the last campaign (76 in 18 games). One remembers in particular his superb performance delivered away to Dunkerque, at the end of November, where he scored 11 times from 13 attempts (27-23). The Serbian international also likes big games, as illustrated by his 3 from 3 in Montpellier (31-25) or his five goals against Nantes (24-25). In the first leg in Coubertin, he found the net three times.
A look back at the first leg
On 6 December, 2020, Chartres travelled to the capital and found the Parisians in strong form, with Nedim Remili bagging six and Luka Karabatic five. Our players quickly took the upper hand (3': 4-0) and never let go of their advantage (36-23). It should be noted that Les Rouge et Bleus' defence were very efficient and conceded just nine goals. On the visitors' side, however, there were excellent performances from Svetlin Dimitrov (six goals) and Leonardo de Alemida (4 from 4).
Statistically, Paris Saint-Germain Handball are dominating all sectors of the Lidl StarLigue. Offensively, they have the best attack with 488 goals scored in 14 games and an average of 34 goals per game. Defensively, the goal-keeping duo of Vincent Gérard and Yann Genty is the pair that concedes the fewest goals (362), with an average of 25.86 goals per game (Nantes are second with 25.92). Chartres are bang in the middle of both rankings, sitting tenth in attack (326 goals scored) and a twelfth in defence (355 goals conceded).
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