Kiel vs. Barcelona Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun 18, 2022 18:00 CET
In the big European clash, Kiel and Barcelona will play against each other in the Champions League semifinals.
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Kiel have failed to win the back-to-back titles in the Bundesliga as they finished second behind Magdeburg. In the Champions League, they manage to qualify for the Final Four and they have a chance to win this competition for the fifth time in their history. If they do that, they will be equal with Gummersbach in second place. In the quarterfinals, Kiel eliminated PSG and thus left them without a chance to fight for the championship title. Magnus Landin Jacobsen played an outstanding second game, and Sander Sagosen was the most deserving player for a good result in the first match played in Paris. Kiel won the Champions League two years ago with a victory against Barcelona in final and they hope for an identical scenario now. With the Final Four being played in Cologne, there is no doubt that Kiel will have huge support from the stands. Kiel suffered last defeat more than three months ago when they lose a match in the Bundesliga against Fuchse Berlin which speaks in how good form they are lately. On paper, they are not favorites in the semifinals, but they certainly have the quality to beat Barcelona and win the Champions League.
— THW Kiel (@thw_handball) June 16, 2022
Last summer, legendary coach Xavier Pascual left Barcelona after 12 years. In that time period, this club has won the Champions League three times, and Pascual has won a total of over 40 trophies with Barcelona in Spanish competitions. Simply put, they have established absolute dominance in their country. He was succeeded by Antonio Ortega and not much has changed in terms of results. Barcelona again won the national championships and all three domestic cups, and in the Champions League, they reached the Final Four where they will have a chance to defend the title they won last year when they easily defeated Aalborg in the final game. In the quarterfinals this season, Barcelona defeated Flensburg in both matches, and Youssef Benali and Dika Mem were unstoppable. In addition to a great game in offense, Barcelona was one of the best defenses in the Champions League throughout the season and with good reason, they are the favorites in this clash against Kiel. Aleix Gomez was the second best scorer of Barcelona this season and he and Luka Cindric will surely be the biggest danger for Kiel next to the already mentioned Mem who was Barcelona the best player and top scorer in this competition.
— Barça Handbol (@FCBhandbol) June 17, 2022
The last time these two teams played against each other was in the Champions League final back in 2020 when Kiel won 33:28. Prior to that, Barcelona had four consecutive wins against this German club.
Sander Sagosen and Hendrik Pekeler won’t play for Kiel due to injury. All players are available for Barcelona.
Kiel vs. Barcelona Prediction
Although Sagosen will not play for Kiel, they still have enough quality to be a serious competitor to Barcelona. We believe this match will be close and the winner will not be decided until the very end.
Date and Time: 18.06.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: Kiel +3HC
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