Finland vs Canada: who will become the champion?
On June 6, this year's champion will be decided in the battle between Finland and Canada. Our experts have prepared a prediction for this game, which you can find below.
Finland showed excellent results in the group stage, after which it became clear that the team is one of the favorites at the championship this year. They were quite lucky to get an easy part of the grid, on their road to the final the team met with the Czech Republic, which they beat 1:0. In the semifinal, Suomi faced Germany and defeated them 2:1.
The Finnish national team turned out to be one of the most productive at this championship. It almost played a cruel joke on them in the game against the Germans: despite their strong defense, the Finns opened up a bit too much and allowed the opponent to create many dangerous chances.
Canada surprised almost everyone - in a bad way - with their group stage performance. For the first time in history, the team was so close to not qualifying for the playoffs. But everything turned out quite well. In the quarterfinals, the Maple Leafs met with Russia, a rather dangerous rival. The Canadians snatched the victory from the Red Machine in overtime and were matched with the USA in the semifinal.
Gerard Gallant'scharges once again found a way out of a tough situation. Canada, thanks to the excellent implementation of their attacking chances, kept the advantage during the whole game, and managed to finish with a goal scored into an empty net.
In two head-to-head games in a row, the teams scored in each period.
In two head-to-head games in a row, Canada scored first.
After the terrible performance in the group, few believed in Canada's victory, but the team made it to the final. Now the Canadians have an excellent chance of winning the gold. The Finns probably won't stop the pressure of such a powerful opponent, and we are going to opt for the North American team.
Our prediction is Canada to win with a handicap (0)
Most likely, Finland will sit deep in defense and try to concede as few goals as possible. It will not be so easy for Canada to break through the Finnish defenses, and we do not expect to see many goals in this final.
Second prediction - total under 4.5 goals