Finland vs Czech Republic Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 24, 2022 19:20 CET
The schedule has been kind to the Czech Republic so far because they are playing against two of the best teams of the group in the final two rounds. After facing the United States on Monday, they will close out the group stage with another demanding match against the hosts Finland on Tuesday.
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Finland slipped up only once so far losing to Sweden after penalties but they still hold the top of the group. It has been all about defense with them as they only conceded five goals in six games. Their majestic defensive performances have been supported by strong offense which could do even more, but they seem to be hiding all of their tricks for the big games during the knockout stage.
As the majority of other teams, the defending Olympic champions have been improving their team on the fly bringing in NHL talent. Their latest inclusion was Miro Heiskanen from the Dallas Stars which makes their defense even stronger and more impressive. Even the best teams have to work hard to score against them so the Czechs could be in for a reality check today against Leijonat.
After losing their sole game of the tournament to Sweden, Finland expectedly started winning again. Great Britain went down 6:0 and two days ago it was once again just another day at the office against the Austrians who were also kept scoreless in a 3:0 victory.
Finland produced a commanding performance to capture a 3-0 win over Austria at Nokia Arena.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 21, 2022
A point today against the US will be enough for the Czechs to mathematically secure a top 4 spot. Their main rival Latvia is two points behind and has one game left, but it´s against one of the main title favourites, Sweden. All of this means we will most likely be able to enjoy a relaxed game of hockey between two top teams with the hosts trying to secure another win and the top of the group.
If the Czech Republic had played against Finland at the start of the tournament, they would have had a lot of reasons to worry about. In the meantime they greatly improved their team by adding a couple of experienced NHL skaters so Finland will have a tough task preserving the top.
Hockey is a team sport and one player doesn´t often make the difference. However, the arrival of the NHL All-Star David Pastrnak really lifted the Czechs who haven´t looked back after he was incorporated into the team. His presence really lifted the morale of the entire team which is now looking more than formidable.
— Hokejový nároďák (@narodnitym) May 18, 2022
Finland vs Czech Republic Prediction
It is shaping up to be a fascinating game; not only because of the quality on the ice, but also because the Czechs are coached by the legendary Finnish coach Kari Jalonen. He would be the one to know all the ins and outs of the Finnish team which has superior quality overall. With home advantage and the fact they will make their life much easier during the knockout stage if they finish at the top, we will back the hosts to win this one in regulation.
Prediction: 1×2 – Finland
Date and time: 24.05.2022 19:20 CET
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