Metz Handball continues its little tour of Europe. After a trip to Saint-Amand-les-Eaux on Wednesday, then to Bucharest on Sunday, the straps continue. They will travel again this Wednesday to face Celles-sur-Belle, on behalf of the fourth day of the Butagaz Energy League.
After a complicated victory against the promoted northerners last week, Metz Handball are left with a frustrating draw in Bucharest. On the move in the room of the surprise team of this championship, the straps face their first real test. Sometimes unstable, like the second half in Romania, Emmanuel Mayonnade’s players will have to break the Deux-Sévrien dynamic to hope to win.
Celles-sur-Belle, the nice surprise of this start to the championship
By winning 3 victories in as many games at the start of the season, the players of Celles-sur-Belles are reborn after a complicated season. Promoted last year, the players of Thierry Vincent had managed to snatch their support on the wire. From now on, a new dynamic has taken hold in this small town in Deux-Sèvres. By registering new arrivals, the club has been able to strengthen itself while retaining its DNA.
The dragons will also find Laura Portes, ex-captain of the Messin training center. At the heart of a close-knit group, and in osmosis according to his words, they will first try to generalize the messines, to destabilize their benchmarks. A match far from being played.
A double challenge against Celles-sur-Belle
In addition to the victory, the Messines will face a double challenge during this trip to the West. On the one hand, it will be for the dragons to gain even more confidence in their game. By winning, they could take a first slight lead over a team tied with them.
At the same time, Brest will move to Nice in a distance duel. To hope to win an ever higher championship, it becomes imperative to be in the lead car.
Which group for Metz Handball?
The group should not a priori differ completely from that present in Romania on Sunday. Only a doubt persists once again on the presence of Stelvia Pascoal, still not qualified because of administrative problems. In case of non-presence, it is the young Laura Fauvarque who should once again ensure the understudy of Bruna de Paula this evening.
The other matches of the day
- Chambray-lès-Tours – Bourg-de-Péage
- Toulon – JDA Dijon
- Map of Cuques – Paris 92
- Nantes – Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
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