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GROUP 1 PREVIEW: Buducnost climbed to the top of their Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round group last weekend, but will now face a serious challenge at Rostov-Don

Buducnost's ambition to be tested in Rostov

The opening Women's EHF Champions League Main Round matches last weekend saw Buducnost grab the leading position in Group 1 when they defeated Kobenhavn. But on Saturday, the Montenegrin side will face a difficult test against Rostov, who are determined to fight back after their first defeat in the current competition in Metz.

Two other matches in Group 1 are national derbies: on Saturday, Brest will host Metz, while on Monday, Kobenhavn will play at home against Odense. 

Rostov-Don (RUS) vs Buducnost (MNE)
Saturday 2 February, 16:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Buducnost lead Group 1 with eight points; Rostov are third with seven

  • Rostov suffered their first defeat of the Champions League season last week at Metz

  • Buducnost's Katarina Bulatovic will face her former teammates, as she played for Rostov last season

  • Rostov's leader Anna Vyakhireva is uncertain to play after she injured her elbow in Metz

Brest Bretagne Handball (FRA) vs Metz Handball (FRA)
Saturday 2 February, 17:45 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • After beating Rostov, Metz climbed to second place in the group with seven points; Brest stay bottom with just two points

  • With 51 goals, Brest's Ana Gros is the competition's joint top scorer alongside Rostov's Anna Vyakhireva

  • Metz have the best defensive record among all main round participants (117 goals conceded)

  • When these teams met in the French league this season, Metz won comfortably, 35:20, away at Brest 

Kobenhavn Handball (DEN) vs Odense HC (DEN)
Monday 4 January, 19:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Odense started the main round with a win against Brest; Kobenhavn lost to Buducnost

  • The Danish teams are level on three points, but Kobenhavn have an advantage on goal difference

  • Odense top the Danish league with 19 wins in as many matches and sit 10 points ahead of Kobenhavn

  • Their last domestic league clash, in September, ended in Odense's favour, 24:19

TEXT: Sergey Nikolaev / cg