Kielce vs Montpellier Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 18, 2022 20:45 CET

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Kielce vs Montpellier Prediction

EHF Champions League winners from 2018 will have a very tough task in the second leg of their quarter-final clash visiting the Polish handball heavyweights Kielce. After suffering a 31:28 home loss, Montpellier´s players now have their backs against the wall against a side that is still unbeaten at home in this year´s edition of the competition.

Kielce

The Polish super team is on the hunt for their second Champions League title after winning the last one in a dramatic penalty shootout in the final of 2016 against Veszprem. Since then they reached the Final 4 only once in 2019 so today they won´t get a better opportunity to book their ticket to Cologne.

Spearheaded by the legendary Talant Dujshebaev as the head coach and with two of his sons, Alex and Daniel, taking the roles of primary contributors on the court, Kielce has looked unstoppable this season. They finished the group stage at the top while maintaining a real fortress at home without a single defeat. What makes their unbeaten home record even more impressive is the fact they had a tough group with Barcelona and PSG. Both of those teams left Poland empty-handed so it is more than clear Montpellier´s chances today are extremely slim.

Montpellier

The French side never really looked like winning the first leg. Kielce was maintaining a healthy lead throughout the entire game and if it wasn´t for Montpellier´s Croatian goalkeeper Marin Šego, they would have suffered an even bigger defeat. His brilliant first half in which he had nine saves kept his team in the game. Overall, they made too many mistakes against a top team like Kielce so a 3-goal loss is not so bad after all.

Despite Montpellier enjoying some success in Poland in recent years, at the moment it would be a monumental achievement if they somehow made their way to the Final 4. After winning their second Champions League title in 2018, in the following three years they failed to reach the Final 4. It seems it will be the same story this year but all of this comes as no surprise as most of the key pieces of their title-winning team left them.

Kielce vs Montpellier Prediction

Even though the situation looks desperate and grim, there is no doubt the French team will give it one more go and bow out with their heads up high. Kielce are clear favourites and have one of the best offenses in the world that can easily produce more than 30 goals per game against any team. Montpellier are chasing a 3-goal deficit so it should be an open and an attacking contest with plenty of shots and highlight plays.

With the overall offensive quality and versatility on the floor, we will back the Total Over option for very solid 1.85 odds at bet365.

Prediction: Total Over 60.5

Odds: 1.85

Bookmaker: Bet365

Date and time: 18.05.2022 20:45 CET

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