Kazakhstan vs Italy Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 23, 2022 15:20 CET
In the final round of group A at the 2022 IIHF World Championship Kazakhstan and Italy meet in a decisive relegation clash. Winner takes it all so there is no doubt tensions will be high going into this one.
As the tournament has been progressing, Kazakhstan has been playing better but not enough to win any points. Prior to this game they will square off against Germany on Sunday, but even if they win that game, they will still need to be at their best against Italy.
Even though they lost their last two games to Canada and Slovakia, they managed to hang on and score three goals in both of them(6:3 and 4:3 defeats). Their offense is ticking but it´s their defense that´s been problematic. Recently they had to replace one of their naturalized players, Viktor Svedberg, because of an injury with a new import defender Darren Dietz. He played for their national team before and was also the captain of the Kazakhstani KHL team Barys Astana, so he will need no introduction.
Juraj Slafkovsky scored on a penalty shot and added an assist as Slovakia defeated Kazakhstan 4-3 in Friday’s second Group A tilt in Helsinki.🔥
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— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 20, 2022
Italy is a team we haven´t had a chance to talk about so far. A very interesting roster made up of players solely from the European leagues with an import addition in Brandon McNally, who was a promising talent during his college career in North America.
Overall, it´s a pretty modest team and it has been reflecting on their results as they only managed to win a point against France losing the game in overtime. They have the worst defense of the tournament conceding 4.5 goals per game so they will have to tighten things up at the back in this final elimination game. Also, they will be closely monitoring Kazakhstan´s clash against Germany today as they could find themselves in a very unenviable position in case Kazakhstan wins that game.
Slovakia simply did what it had to do, defeating a gritty Italian side 3-1 with a solid effort on Saturday night.🇸🇰
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— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 21, 2022
Kazakhstan vs Italy Prediction
Despite not winning a single point so far, we still have trust in Kazakhstan. They hold the edge not only because of their three import players, but also because their domestic core plays in the strongest European league, the KHL. Kazakhs have been scoring lots of goals lately so we expect the fire to remain with them heading into this game against a very weak and vulnerable Italian defense.
22Bet has a perfect betting combo with very solid 1.70 odds for Kazakhstan to win along with at least four goals being scored in the game.
Prediction: Team 1, Result + Total – Kazakhstan to Win and Total > 3.5 – Yes
Date and time: 23.05.2022 15:20 CET
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