Russia vs Sweden: will the Russians score another win?
On May 31, Russia will lock horns with Sweden, and we have prepared a prediction for the outcome of this game. Will the Russians be able to get their third victory in a row?
Russia are on the second line in their group and have scored 12 points. They could have been the leader of Group A if it wasn't for the defeat from Slovakia (1:3). However, after that game, the Russians pulled themselves together and defeated Denmark (3:0), and Switzerland (4:1).
Sergei Tolchinsky had an excellent game against the Swiss: he scored a double and gave an assist. Soon, Sergei Bobrovsky will join the team, coming to the World Championship from Florida, but he is still serving a three-day quarantine. Also, Vladimir Tarasenko and Dmitry Orlov will play against Sweden, so the lineup of the Russians will become even more powerful.
Sweden are at risk of not qualifying for the playoffs this year because they are in the sixth line of the standings and have six points in the asset. The Scandinavian team is inconsistent: in one match, they can show great hockey and be very active, and in the next game they use their moments poorly and make gross mistakes in defense.
It is difficult to name one player in Tre Kronor's roster who stands out at this Championship. Even in terms of the performance points, they are all at about the same level. In the second last game, Sweden were defeated by the Czech Republic (2:4), and they celebrated success over Great Britain - 4:1.
In four head-to-head games out of five, less than two goals were scored in the first period.
In all their games at this tournament, the Russians scored in the second period.
Russia are the favourite in the game against Sweden, the Russian team has shown better results and suffered only one defeat. In addition, their lineup was strengthened by such strong hockey players as Vladimir Tarasenko and Dmitry Orlov, so it is difficult to imagine how Tre Krpnpr can get a win in the upcoming game.
We bet on Russia to win.
The Russians have a strong defense with very experienced players. Bragin's squad conceded three goals only in two games and did not allow the opponent to score more than once in the other fixtures. Based on this, we suggest taking the individual total of the Swedes.
Second prediction - Sweden individual total under 2.5 goals