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GROUP C/D PREVIEW: Only one ticket for the elimination matches is still up for grabs, when groups C and D in the VELUX EHF Champions League play their last matches this weekend.
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One play-off ticket still at stake

With Bidasoa Irun’s place atop group C secured, all eyes will be on Lisbon on Saturday as Sporting CP and IK Sävehof face off to decide who will join them in the elimination round of groups C and D.

In group D, only honour is at stake as group winners C.S. Dinamo Bucuresti and Orlen Wisla Plock have both booked their spots in the elimination round. This weekend Chekhovskie medvedi receive Kadetten Schaffhausen on Saturday, before GOG host Dinamo on Sunday.


HC Eurofarm Rabotnik (MKD) vs Bidasoa Irun (ESP)
Saturday 30 November, 17:30 CET, live on

  • Irun go into this clash with no pressure as they have already secured top spot, thanks to a nine-game unbeaten run
  • Rabotnik will hope to end their first season in the top flight with a third home victory and potentially move off the foot of the group
  • their first meeting in September was a tight affair, in which the Spanish side snatched a one-goal win
  • Irun suffered just their second loss of the season on Wednesday, falling 30:24 to La Rioja

Sporting CP (POR) vs IK Sävehof (SWE)
Saturday 30 November, 18:00 CET, live on

  • with the two teams level on 12 points, this result will decide who finishes second in the group and progresses to the knockout round
  • a 29:24 victory for Sävehof in September’s reverse fixture means a draw is enough for them to qualify
  • if Sporting win, they will face group D winners Dinamo Bucuresti for a place in the last 16 for the second year running
  • in domestic action, Sporting beat Boa Hora 34:26 on Wednesday, while Sävehof may have had one eye on Saturday’s task as they lost 35:30 at home against Alingsas on Tuesday

Tatran Presov (SVK) vs Cocks (FIN)
Saturday 30 November, 18:00 CET, live on

  • these sides meet to decide who will finish fourth in the group
  • if Cocks can manage at least a draw, they will better last season’s record of six points and fifth place
  • the Finnish side won the reverse fixture 29:27, but have failed to earn a point away from home
  • Presov beat SKP Bratislava 30:24 on Wednesday in the Slovakian league, while Cocks beat PIF 34:22 in the Finnish league a day earlier


Chekhovskie medvedi (RUS) vs Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)
Saturday 30 November, 14:00 CET, live on

  • both teams have six points so the winner will avoid finishing sixth and last in the group. If the match is a draw, Schaffhausen finish fifth and Chekhov sixth
  • Schaffhausen won the first match between the two teams 32:23 at home
  • Schaffhausen took the lead in the Swiss league on Wednesday through a 30:21 away win against St. Otmar St. Gallen, while Chekhov won 33:20 away against Akbuzat

GOG (DEN) vs C. S. Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)
Sunday 1 December, 16:50 CET, live on

  • Dinamo are sure to reach the elimination matches as group winners, while GOG will finish third
  • GOG left wing Emil Jakobsen is the current top scorer in the Champions League with 58 goals
  • GOG won their latest Danish league match 39:36 at home against Fredericia HK on Wednesday, while Dinamo defeated CSM Faragas 46:26 in the Romanian league on Thursday

TEXT: Chris O'Reilly & Peter Bruun / jh