Courtesy of LAOLA1.TV, Team Handball fans in many parts of the world will have the opportunity to watch Berlin host Kiel in a key early season German Handball Bundesliga (HBL) class. It may be only mid-September, but if last season is any indication of this season Berlin needs a win here if they have any hope of challenging the defending champions. That’s because last season Kiel ran the table, going a perfect 34-0-0 in the HBL
In fact, Kiel hasn’t lost a game in the HBL since a 4 May, 2011, 30-24 loss at Magdeburg; a total of 40 consecutive victories. Sure, they’ve got the best team, but it’s still a remarkable feat in a league which is pretty competitive from top to bottom. If Kiel doesn’t bring its “A” game when they travel on the road, probably about 14 of the other 17 teams in the league are more than capable of sending them home with a loss or a draw.
Can current league leaders, Berlin, end the streak? On Sunday we’ll find out.
Berlin vs. Kiel, Sunday, 16 September (17:30 Central European Time, 11:30 USA Eastern Time)
(Kiel is a 3 goal handicap favorite)
LAOLA1.TV webstream: Link
NOTE: HBL matches at LAOLA1.TV are unfortunately not available “on demand.” If you want to see this match, you’ll need to watch it live.