Switzerland vs Germany: who is the favourite?
On June 3, Switzerland will face Germany in the quarterfinals of the World Championship. Our experts made a prediction for this game, which you can find below.
Switzerland played really well in the group stage of the World Championship and finished in second place in Group A. In two final games of the group stage, the Swiss national team dealt with Belarus (6:0) and Great Britain (6:3).
The Swiss demonstrate good defensive play and take advantage of their chances in the attacking zone. The squad includes hockey players with NHL experience, such as Philipp Kurashev, Niko Khishir, and Timo Meier, who spend more time on the court than others. Patrick Fischer's charges probably have set a goal of at least getting into the final of the tournament.
Germanyhad shown some inconsistency in their performance at the group stage of the tournament. They beat Canada (3:1) and easily dealt with the outsiders, but the Germans also lost to Kazakhstan with a score of 2:3. In the decisive game of the group stage, the Germans experienced some problems, but they still beat Latvia (2:1), having scored their two goals at the starting minutes of the first period.
Tony Söderholm's squad does not score a lot, but at the same time, they concede very few goals. Germany became the least-conceding team in their group. The top scorer in the squad is Marcel Noebels, who scored seven goals and assists together.
In the last two games between the national teams, less than two goals were scored in the first period.
In three games out of five, the Swiss have scored in the second period.
We think that Switzerland look slightly better than Germany. The Swiss lead the head-to-head, and the games between these national teams are usually quite tough. There is no doubt that the Germans will fight back, but we think that Fischer's charges have a bigger chance of advancing to the semifinal.
Our prediction - Switzerland to win
Prediction: Switzerland to win
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We do not expect a barn burner, since the Germans have played mostly on the defensive at this tournament, conceding little and scoring little. And the Swiss defend well, too, so we think the teams won't go over the total.
Second wager -total under 4.5 goals