1. VfL Potsdam vs. ThSV Eisenach
1. VfL Potsdam did something on the last match day that no other team has managed to do this season: The newly promoted team defeated leaders Balingen. Now they want two points against Eisenach, who is third in the table.
The Thuringians recently won 38:29 against HSG Konstanz. Misha Kaufmann’s team has 21:11 points and is therefore the first pursuer for the promotion places. “We played a very good first half of the season. We need to gather all our strengths again. We may have the toughest game of the year ahead of us. We want to reward ourselves, our fans and our sponsors,” said Eisenach’s manager Rene Witte in the run-up to the game.
Owls Ludwigshafen vs. Wolves Würzburg
After an impressive series of eight wins in a row, the owls have recently suffered setbacks. The defeat at HSG Nordhorn-Lingen was followed by a 30:30 draw against Konstanz on Wednesday.
Things are not going well for the guests from Würzburg this season. After surprisingly winning against Eisenach at the end of November, four defeats followed in a row. The Wolves even lost a ten-goal lead against Hagen. The result: 4:28 points and last place in the table. Maybe Julian Thomann’s team can surprise again against the owls.
HSC 2000 Coburg vs. HC Motor Zaporizhzhia
After 17 games, Coburg is in the middle of the table. Brian Ankersen’s team was able to take a point from Dessau-Roßlauer HV last match day and has already defeated the top teams from Ludwigshafen and Nordhorn this season.
Zaporizhzhia has three points from the last three games. The Ukrainians celebrated their first away win in Potsdam, and there was also a draw against Großwallstadt. Against Coburg, Gintaras Savukynas’ team will try to build on the close results of the last few weeks and score two points.
VfL Eintracht Hagen vs. HBW Balingen-Weilstetten
After a furious race to catch up against the Wolves Würzburg, the front runner is now waiting for VfL Eintracht Hagen. Stefan Neff’s team left the relegation zone with the win. Since things are still tight in the table basement, a surprise win against Balingen would probably be the perfect Christmas present for Eintracht.
After 16 games without defeat, it was time for Balingen. Against Potsdam, the Gauls conceded their first bankruptcy of the season. It will be exciting to see whether Jens Bürkle’s team will falter as a result or quickly get back on track.
VfL Lübeck-Schwartau vs. HC Empor Rostock
VfL Lübeck-Schwartau was able to stop the negative run of five defeats in a row with the 34:19 win against Hüttenberg. With 11:21 points, the Schleswig-Holsteiners are in 15th place and have a two-point lead over the relegation zone.
The guests from Rostock have lost their last two games and want to keep up with the non-relegation places by winning in Lübeck. Perhaps a good omen for Empor: last season, the two points went to the away team.
HC Elbflorenz 2006 vs. Dessau-Roßlauer HV 06
HC Elbflorenz is currently on a roll. Rico Göde’s team recently clinched five wins in a row and was thus able to work their way up to 13th place. In the DHB Cup, too, Dresden showed a courageous performance in the 27:32 against TBV Lemgo Lippe.
The Dessau-Roßlauer HV also sold expensively in the round of 16 of the cup. It almost worked out against TSV Hannover-Burgdorf with the sensation, but in the end there was a 27:29 on the scoreboard. In the 2nd HBL, the DRHV is in fourth place, tied with Eisenach and Lübbecke. Spectators can look forward to an exciting game on Boxing Day.
HSG Constance vs. TuS N-Lübbecke
In the last four games, HSG Konstanz only went against teams from places two to six, now the next top team is waiting with TuS N-Lübbecke. HSG’s balance sheet from the past games: three defeats and a draw against the owls.
Lübbecke also had to deal with teams from the top half of the table in the past few games. There were two wins, a draw and most recently a narrow defeat against Bietigheim for the relegated team. They are fifth in the table. Throw-off in the Schänzle sports hall in Constance is at 5 p.m.
TSV Bayer Dormagen vs. HSG Nordhorn-Lingen
In games involving the Wiesel, tension was guaranteed recently. None of the last five games ended with a difference of more than three goals. For the opponent from Lower Saxony, the view is towards promotion places. Nordhorn won the last two games, especially against the direct competitor from Ludwigshafen there were two immensely important points. The spectators in the TSV Bayer Sportcenter can look forward to an interesting game on Boxing Day.
TV 05/07 Hüttenberg vs. TuSEM Essen
After three wins in a row, Hüttenberg suffered a severe setback against Lübeck. In the duel with the table neighbors from Essen, the Central Hesse team should now get two points again. The guests from the Ruhrpott have alternated regularly between victory and defeat in the last five games. Most recently they won 30:27 against Dormagen. In the last 2nd HBL season, the TVH won both direct duels, in the 2019/2020 season Essen was the winner both times.
TV Großwallstadt vs. SG BBM Bietigheim
Both Großwallstadt and Bietigheim played in the round of 16 of the cup on Thursday. While Bietigheim lost to the defending champion from Kiel with seven goals, the TVG was eliminated by HSG Wetzlar with a score of 23:25. In the league, the results of Großwallstadt are mixed. They are five points ahead of the relegation places in twelfth place.
The guests from Bietigheim are currently seventh and unbeaten in five games. Most recently there were two narrow victories against Lübbecke and Eisenach and a draw against Balingen. It will be exciting to see if Iker Romero’s side can continue the streak in the last game of the year.
All games at a glance:
1. VfL Potsdam vs. ThSV Eisenach (kick-off 4 p.m.)
Eulen Ludwigshafen vs. Wolves Würzburg (kick-off 4 p.m.)
HSC 2000 Coburg vs. HC Motor Zaporizhzhia (Anpfiff 16 Uhr)
VfL Eintracht Hagen vs. HBW Balingen-Weilstetten (kick-off 4 p.m.)
VfL Lübeck-Schwartau vs. HC Empor Rostock (kick-off 4 p.m.)
HC Elbflorenz 2006 vs. Dessau-Roßlauer HV 06 (kick-off 5 p.m.)
HSG Konstanz vs. TuS N-Lübbecke (kick-off 5 p.m.)
TSV Bayer Dormagen vs. HSG Nordhorn-Lingen (kick-off 5 p.m.)
TV 05/07 Hüttenberg vs. TuSEM Essen (kick-off 5 p.m.)
TV Großwallstadt vs. SG BBM Bietigheim (kick-off 5 p.m.)