TTCLM Round 4: Orenburg seeks revenge in AustriaPhoto: ZHURAVLEV
From Thursday to Saturday TTCLM Round 4 will be held, as defending champion are fully motivated against Walter Wels who upset the odds in the opening round
Two leading clubs in the Group A will meet in the Round 4 in Austria. Defending TTCLM champion Orenburg are determined to revenge over 2014 Austrian champion for 3:1 home defeat in the Round 1. Japanese Yuya OSHIMA beat both Orenburg stars, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Vladimir SAMSONOV, and Zolt PETE added one point for the biggest TTCLM upset so far in the ongoing season. Russian champion spent last few days in Germany, as Coach Viktor ANDREEV stressed that all his players are in full strength.
Angers and Saarbrucken are the opponents in the other Group A clash. Both recorded one victory and two defeats, hence the upcoming game should be decisive for them.
In the Group B, UMMC went to France without Zoran PRIMORAC who continues his recovery from injury. Hennebont is forced to play without CHUANG Chih-Yuan who still waits for permission of Taiwanese Table Tennis Association . Hennebont`s coach Boris ABRAHAM stated on club`s website that he can count on KREANGA, PROKOPCOV and ROBINOT in the upcoming matches.
Olimpia Unia will try to improve its chances for the quarter-final, playing at home against 2008 TTCLM winner Niederosterreich. If Polish club overcome Austrians, both sides would have two victories after four rounds.
The 2014 TTCLM champion, AS Pontoise Cergy has no right for mistake against Werder Bremen. After 3:2 home defeat from Eslovs, French club put itself in a bad situation. Leading club in Group C, Eslovs has a chance to book its place for the next stage, fighting for the fourth victory in a row against KTS Energa Manekin Torun.
Ten times European champion Borussia targets its new quarter-final, while Bogoria seeks its first victory in the upcoming game which will be held in Poland. German club showed remarkable team spirit in the Round 8 of Bundesliga, as they overcame away Bergneustadt 3:2 in the crucial game for the play-of spot. Dusseldorf side was struck by several injuries in the last few months (Timo BOLL is out of the action since September), but Kamal ACHANTA and Patrick FRANZISKA managed to recover. Indian player lead the squad against Bergneustadt, securing two points against MENGEL and DUDA.
The 2013 TTCLM finalist Chartres is unique unbeaten team in the Group D, but STEN Ostrov is not afraid by that fact. Manager of Czech team Jan HRNCIRIK stated:
“We are preparing for a revenge for match in Chartres in which we had very good start, but at the end lost 3:1. It is our last chance to fight for quarter-final as well”.
TTCLM Round 4
Vaillante Sports Angers TT – FC Saarbrucken (November 27th, 19:30 CET)
SPG Walter Wels – Fakel Gazproma Orenburg (November 28th, 18:15 CET)
Olimpia Unia Grudziadz – Wienviertel Niederosterreich (November 27th, 18:00 CET)
GV Hennebont TT – UMMC Verknaya Pyshma (November 27th, 19:30 CET)
AS Pontoise Cergy – SV Werder Bremen (November 26th, 19:45 CET)
Eslovs Ai Bordtennis – KTS Energa Manekin Torun (November 27th, 20:00 CET)
STEN Ostrov Havlickuv Brod – Chartres ASTT (November 27th, 18:00 CET)
Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Borussia Dusseldorf (November 27th, 18:30 CET)