A big match coming up in the handball Champions League. Barcelona is taking on the german team from Mannheim Rhein Neckar Löwen in a must win match. And a big win is needed as Barcelona lost 31-38 in the first match. The german team played out of their minds and had a great day at work. But if there is a team that can rise to the task we believe that it is the spaniards.
Rhein Neckar Löwen shows excellent form at the moment where they have beaten Barcelona and are going strong in their league at home where they are the supreme leaders. Although they did showcase real strength in the first leg at home I do not expect to see such a great performance again. Gensheimer scored an amazing 14 goals, but unlikely to happen again in such a short time.
Barcelona is the favorite here at home, but are still under immense pressure. They need to not only topple the germans, but by no less than 8 goals in order to advance to the semifinals. For them to be able to do this they need to play solid defence and that is what this Barcelona side is known for. Their front is quite hard to break through, and with Sterbik back they are setup to stop the goals from pouring in like they did in the first game.
We are not as confident in the offensive side though, and while we believe everything is still a toss up on who advances, we would like to posit a bet on goals scored from Rhein Neckar Löwen. With the Barcelona side fired up they are likely to stop most of what is coming at them, and they need to in order to win. We are betting that they show up with a lackluster performance and score less than 28 goals here.
Our Predictions: Rhein Neckar Löwe, under 28 goals (Odds are 1.85 @ Bet365)