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Which team will win Baltic Handball League 2019?
Baltic Handball League
Last week was busy for BHL clubs in three Baltic States and Finland, while SKA Minsk and ZTR Zaporozhye enjoyed a week off after their tough travelling and playing schedule during last BHL weekend. BHL-derby took place in Lithuania, VHC Šviesa achieved a great EHF Challenge Cup win and ZRHK Tenax Dobele continues impressively in Latvian league.
Ten games over three days delivered some fascinating matches in Baltic Handball League. Eight teams collected at least one point with VHC Šviesa Vilnius and SKA Minsk the biggest winners of the weekend, taking two wins out of two. ZTR Zaporozhye also claimed four points, but lost their third game.
Baltic Handball League returns to action with ten games, which this time will be spread over three days. And this fact also brings a small historic element to this week's matches, as Ukrainian side ZTR Zaporozhye will play three games in three days, which they have never done before.
It was not an easy start in the EHF EURO 2020 second qualifying stage for six countries which form the Baltic Handball League. Especially the first matchday, when all six lost their matches! Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus then took victories few days later, but Estonia, Lithuania and Finland will have to wait until April 2019 to open their point tally.
Last week was much more quiet on domestic and international club front, as many countries had already made a break in the league in order to prepare for the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifying matches. Nevertheless, two derbies between BHL clubs took place in Estonia and Latvia.
It was definitely not a good week for BHL teams in Europe – five crashed out of EHF Cup or EHF Challenge Cup, plus Cocks Riihimäki suffered another bitter one-goal defeat in the EHF Champions League. The only happy team after last week is VHC Šviesa Vilnius, although it was a win-win situation, as they defeated fellow BHL-side Granitas-Karys Kaunas.
|6||HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper||8||0||0||8||178:270||-92||0|
|1||ZRHK Tenax Dobele||9||7||1||1||291:258||33||15|
|2||VHC Šviesa Vilnius||8||6||0||2||234:215||19||12|