Two unbeaten teams go head to head in the Bundesliga on Tuesday and thanks to the good folk at laola1.tv it’s available legally in the UK. The match-up sees Rhein-Neckar Löwen (who play in Mannheim and have six wins from six) take on the big beasts of SG Flensburg-Handewitt who have three wins and two draws from their five games. Both clubs have had their most successful time in the past decade – in RNL’s case that’s mostly because they only came into existence in 2002 but they have both found their way to true glory blocked by THW Kiel. A lone title and some cups is Flensburg’s return …
For UK viewers there should be some familiar faces from the Olympics: for example, Mattias Andersson the Swedish goalkeeper who plays for Flensburg will be attempting to keep out Kim Ekdahl his compatriot who plays for RNL.
Last time out in the Bundesliga Flensburg drew 31:31 against HSG Wetzlar and RNL had a relatively comfortable win over TBV Lemgo. Flensburg and their fans expect a lot better than the relative struggles they’ve had so far so I’m expecting great things from this game which is being played in the 14,500 capacity SAP Arena.
You can watch it here at 7.15PM UK.
THW Kiel got their season off to a winning start with a 29:26 (14:14) victory over fellow northerners SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the DKB Super Cup.
It was a pretty even match, if a little scrappy in parts, but Kiel established a three-goal cushion midway through the second half that Flensburg could not overcome. The boys in Hummel had a chance at 27:26 with 2 minutes left but missed – and an immediate fast-break killed the game. A further Kiel goal right at the end gave the impression of total domination that was not really reflective of the match.
If you’re any good at German you might like to have a look here to read all about it.
Today’s the start of the German season with the DHB Super Cup between the all-conquering THW Kiel and and the not-so-all-conquering SG Flensburg-Handewitt. I’m going to go out on no limbs at all and predict a comfortable win for ‘the zebras’ as google translate tells me Kiel are nicknamed. Kiel haven’t had the Super Cup all their own way in recent years, losing to HSV Hamburg a couple of times, but I’m going to back the favourite on this and mark it down as the first trophy of the new season for THW.
If you want to watch legally you can via the streaming service at Bet365.
You don’t need to gamble to sign up but you do need to have a positive balance on your account (I think you can set this up for £1). Leave it untouched and you can watch whatever else Bet365 shows – last year they covered 3-4 matches from the Bundesliga and Asobal (Spanish League) every week in addition to live streaming the 2011 Women’s World Championship from Brazil and Great Britain’s qualifying match in Austria.
The match is down to start at 7.15pm (BST) and Bet365 is here. You sign up for an account in the right-hand corner.