Italy vs USA: easy win for the Americans?
Italy have suffered six defeats at this championship and still have not scored a single point. There were no games in which Italy had any chances for a win, and in each match, the Italians lost with a difference of at least three goals. In the two previous games, the Italians were absolutely destroyed by Kazakhstan (3:11) and crushed by Canada (1:7).
On the bright side, in those games, Italy still got to score goals. However, Italy are still the worst team at the World Cup and have conceded a total of 37 goals. There are no chances to improve their standings in the group.
The United States have already secured their advance to the playoffs, so, most likely, they will take it easy and try not to waste strength. After losing to Finland in the first match, the Americans found their game and began to score one victory after another. Jack Capuano's men show their best performance on the defensive, and they have not conceded more than two goals per game.
In addition, the goalies are very reliable at their job, and the head coach trusts each of them. The United States don't have the strongest lineup, however, so it will be hard for them to go further than the semifinals.
In the last two head-to-head games, less than three goals were scored in the first period.
The Americans have not scored in each period in three games out of five.
The United States will be relaxed because Italy poses no danger to them. We are confident that the Americans will win, and they will do it with a difference of five or six goals, to save energy before the start of the playoffs. That is why we suggest betting on a positive handicap to the outsider.
Our prediction - Italy to win with the Asian handicap (+6.5)
All the games with the participation of the Americans at this tournament were not very productive, and the upcoming match might also not have a large number of scored goals. We think that the USA will not score a lot, and the Italians will not be able to light the lamp at all.
Second bet - total under 7.5 goals.