Group A – 3.
Stadium: Rogers Place (Edmonton).
The Czech Republic has won against Finland in the last two head-to-head meetings at the World Junior Championship. Will Antti Pennanen's wards outplay such an inconvenient opponent? Several betting options are available!Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
The Finns are the bronze medalist of the last tournament. The team intends to improve its result this season, although it will be complicated. Fortunately, Suomi is fortunate with the group since there is precisely one serious opponent here — Canada, with which they will play in the last round. In the meantime, the Blues and Whites slowly gain form. In the first game, Antti Pennanen's wards dealt 3:1 with Germany and then blew out Austria - 7:1, which allows them to lead in Group A.
The Czech juniors perform abominably. They became champions only twice, and there were these victories at the beginning of the XX century, and the last time they got the medals at the World Cup 2005. They reached only the quarterfinals a year earlier, where they lost 0:3 to Canada. The current world championship started great for the Czechs. The success was too short-term since, by the middle of the first period, they beat 3:1 Canada but eventually lost 3:6 to the Maple Leafs. Next, Karel Mlejnek's players embarrassed themselves, failing in overtime in a game with Germany — 1:2.
Expert Betting Tips
In recent years, the Czech national team has been an extremely uncomfortable opponent for the Finns. Suomi has been defeated twice. Now both teams have completely different lineups. The Blues and Whites seem to be favourites, especially after their second disastrous match with the Germans, where they sensationally lost. Antti Pennanen's wards are still much more stable and robust, so we suggest betting on the victory of the Finnish national team with a handicap (-1.5).
Its pragmatism distinguishes the Finns, so already at the World Junior Championship, we see Suomi's defensive and reliable hockey. Even though the Czech national team is not the most severe opponent, Finland will try to play as well as possible at their gates and convert chances. The best option is a total under 5.5.