Finland vs Sweden Betting Prediction & Odds - IIHF 2019 QF Preview
May 23, 2019
FINLAND led Group A going into their final qualifier game against Germany, but a 4-2 defeat resulted in them missing out on top spot to Team Canada. As a result, the Finns now face a decidedly difficult task against their Nordic rivals and two-time defending IIHF World Championship winners Sweden, instead of what would be generally considered an easier task against a Switzerland team on a three-game losing streak.
SWEDEN finished third in Group B, winning five group games sandwiched between losses in their opening game (5-2 to the Czech Republic) and their final game (7-4 to the Russians).
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Future Ranger (?) Kaapo Kakko lighting the lamp for Finland in the IIHF Worlds pic.twitter.com/WH0lVOj4Nx— SNY (@SNYtv) May 10, 2019
Finland vs Sweden Head to Head
The last two occasions on which Finland and Sweden have net, it’s been the Swedes who won – 2-1 on the Euro Hockey Tour earlier this month and 3-1 in a friendly in late April. However, prior to those two games Finland have come out on top in 6 straight games against the Swedes.
Sweden certainly possess plenty of firepower, having been the highest scorers in the group stage, with 41 goals in their seven games. Finland could only score a far more modest 22 goals in their group games.
In terms of the SG% Shot Percentage, Sweden currently stand at 15.13, while Finland are at 8.66. With goalkeeping SVS%, Finland has the edge with 92.90%, with Sweden at 87.72%.
On the Power Play % efficiency, Finland currently stand at 25.00%, while the Swedes register 32.00%. On Penalty Killing, Finland are at 83.33% and Sweden are again ahead of their rivals at 90.00%.
At present, William Nylander is the highest points’ scorer in the tournament with 17, consisting of five goals and 12 assists.
Finland vs Sweden IIHF Lines & Betting Pick
This IIHF 2019 game could be the most difficult to call when it comes to predictions for the World Championship quarter-finals.
Sweden are the bookmakers favourites on the Money Line odds at -286 with bet365, with the betting lines on Finland being +260 best with Betway.
In what could be a tight game, the betting pick here is to back Finland +1.5 on the ‘Puck Line’ betting market at -125 with bet365.
IIHF 2019 Pick: Puck Line – Finland +1.5 @ -125 (bet365)