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GROUP D PREVIEW: THW will face GOG in the duel of two sides with unbeaten records, while Pulawy and Granollers battle for their first points

One of two winning series will end in Kiel

Rounds 3 and 4 will likely decide the winner of Men’s EHF Cup Group D. THW Kiel and GOG have each won their first two matches and will now clash in part one of their top duel in Sparkassen-Arena, where THW have won all 18 of their EHF Cup home matches so far and where the EHF Cup Finals will be staged on May 17 and 18. 

On the other hand, Granollers and Azoty-Pulawy are both on zero points – and it seems the loser of the first duel will already be out of the quarter-final race. 

KS Azoty-Pulawy SA (POL) vs Fraikin BM. Granollers (ESP)
Saturday 23 February, 15:00 local time, live on

  • Granollers have won both previous duels against Azoty-Pulawy, in the EHF Cup 2017/18 Group Phase

  • Azoty-Pulawy have never faced any Spanish side other than Granollers in the EHF Cup

  • Pulawy were much closer to their first victory in round 2 in Kiel (23:26) than Granollers were at GOG (26:34) 

  • Granollers’ Adrian Figueras is currently the third top scorer of the competition, with 27 goals

THW Kiel (GER) vs GOG (DEN)
Sunday 24 February, 15:00 local time, live on

  • No other match in this group has been played more often in the past: THW have won seven out of eight duels against GOG. The only Gudme victory was in 2000, at Kiel

  • In the last four (and victorious) duels against GOG, Kiel scored at least 32 goals and up to 43

  • GOG is the home club of THW goalkeeper Niklas Landin

  • GOG’s only player to have played for a German club is Norwegian goalkeeper Ole Erevik (Magdeburg)

  • GOG were intermediately on top of the Danish league after their win over KIF Kolding on Wednesday

  • Kiel recovered from their Bundesliga home defeat against Magdeburg by winning at Gummersbach on Thursday

TEXT: Björn Pazen / cg