Russia vs Belarus: easy points for the Russians
Russia are the leader of Group A with a total of 15 points. At this championship, the Russian national team is distinguished by disciplined defensive play. This is not surprising at all, as their experienced defenders play for NHL clubs. The Russians beat Switzerland with a score of 4:1, conceding only one goal.
Alexander Samonov almost always defends the goal, but soon he will be replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, so it will be even more difficult for opponents to score a goal against the Russians. The top scorer at the moment is Anton Burdasov with four goals. With such a strong lineup, the Russians are direct contenders for victory in this tournament.
Belarus are one of the main outsiders in Group A and so far they have scored only four points. The primary task for them is to overtake the British in terms of points scored. But they have earlier yielded to Great Britain with a score of 3:4. After that, the Belarusians also lost to Denmark (2:5) and Switzerland (0:6).
In the game against the Swiss, Mikhail Zakharov's charges could not create anything and simply conceded goal after goal. It remains a mystery how, with such a level of performance, the Belarusians managed to beat the Swedes. Belarus are much slower than their opponents, they lack physical strength and cleat their slot poorly.
In the last five head-to-head games, less than two goals were scored in the first period.
In four out of five games against the Russians, Belarus have scored less than two goals.
In our opinion, Russia will deal with Belarus without any problems. Perhaps we will witness a crushing defeat in this confrontation because the Belarusians play very poorly, and the Russians are one the main favorites at this World Championship. In addition, in past games, Russia almost always beat Belarus with a large score.
Our prediction is Russia to win with the Asian handicap (-2)
The last games with Belarus were high-scoring since the Belarusian national team struggles in defense and concedes at least three goals per game. Based on this, we propose to bet on a total of over 5.5.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals.