Slovakia vs Czech Republic: who will be the winner?
Slovakia are having a really good championship and have every chance of getting into the playoffs. Of course, if they had earned points in the match against Sweden, it would have been much easier to get to the quarterfinals. However, in that game, Slovakia scored first, but could not keep the advantage and lost with a score of 1:3.
But do not forget that the Slovaks were able to beat such a powerful opponent as Russia (3:1). To secure a place in the playoffs, the team needs at least a draw in the upcoming game. Considering that Ramsay's charges are really good in defense, they definitely can do that.
The Czech Republic have a fairly good squad and they clearly expect not only to reach the playoffs but to compete for the champion's title at this world championship. The Czech national team started their campaign in Riga with two defeats, but then developed a streak of victories. The Czechs won a strong-willed victory over Sweden (4:2), then defeated Great Britain (6:1) and Denmark, too.
Philip Peshan's squad are in fourth place in the standings, and they will also be satisfied with a draw in this game in order to get into the quarterfinals. However, the Lions will strive for a win in order to avoid a very strong opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
In the last two head-to-head games, less than two goals were scored in the first period.
Slovaks have scored in the third period in three out of four games.
We assume that the upcoming match between these teams will be tough because it is important for each of them. Slovakia are showing a good game and can catch the Czechs on counterattacks, so we suggest betting on their win with a handicap.
Our first prediction is Slovakia to win with the Asian handicap (+1.5)
There is a great chance that the game will turn out to be quite boring since both teams rely on their defenses and don't concede a lot. Also, the game is too important, and neither of the opponents will take unnecessary risks.
Second bet - total under 5.5 goals.