GROUP A/B PREVIEW: Vipers, Metz and Rotov, who reached DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4 last season, open their new campaign on home court

Runners-up Rostov-Don open new campaign at home

In group A, two clubs which reached Budapest, Metz and Vipers Kristiansand will look to make a bright start to a new European journey, but will face stiff opposition in two young and talented teams.

Vipers Kristiansand (NOR) vs FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)
Saturday 5 October, 19:15 local time, live on

  • the two teams played against each other in the competition last season. Kristiansand won by eight at home while FTC took the return leg by one
  • Kristiansand won the five league games they played since the beginning of the season, only once scoring fewer than 33 goals
  • out of the six Hungarian league games they played this season, FTC won four and drew twice, against Siofok and Debrecen

Metz (FRA) vs HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)
Sunday 6 October, 17:00 local time, live on

  • the two teams never played against each in European competition
  • after six rounds in the French league, Metz are top of the table with six wins in as many games
  • Podravka played only twice in the Croatian league and won on both occasions
  • Metz will have to play without three French national players. , Laure Flippes and Orlane Kanor, who all suffer from muscular injuries and should be back next week

Rostov-Don (RUS) vs MKS Perla Lublin (POL)
Saturday 5 October, 16:00 local time, live on

  • the teams have never met in European competition
  • Rostov have a 100% record in the Russian league this season, winning all seven games
  • Rostov’s Anna Vyakhireva was named EHF Player of the Month in September
  • Lublin play their first game in the group matches since the 2015/16 season

Team Esbjerg (DEN) vs CSM Bucuresti (ROU)
Sunday 6 October, 16:50 local time, live on

  • these teams faced each other in the main round of the 2017/18 season, and CSM won twice, 33:25 and 25:20
  • CSM went through some turbulent days this week as head coach Tomas Ryde stepped down, with his assistant Adrian Vasile taking over
  • Esbjerg top the Danish league with six wins in as many games this season, while the Romanian side had a poor start in the domestic league and are in eighth place after five matches
  • CSM have injury problems with Nora Mork probably out for the entire season and Cristina Neagu not yet ready to play after both stars suffered ACL injuries

TEXT: Kevin Domas, Sergey Nikolaev / cor


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