Russia vs USA Betting Prediction & Odds - IIHF 2019 QF Preview

Russia and the USA clash on Thursday afternoon (local time) at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava in the quarter-final stage of the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The Russians were the most impressive ice hockey team at the tournament throughout the group stages, being the only team at the IIHF World Championship 2019 to come through it with a perfect 100% record on the back of seven straight wins.

Russia also outscored their opponents 36-7 and the only team that even stayed within a two-goal winning margin of them was Latvia. They ensured top spot in their group by defeating the two-time defending champions Sweden 7-4 in their final group game. It could have been even more embarrassing for the Swedes, with Russia leading 6-1 going into the third period before easing up.

Based on their form to date, Russia are fully justified as outright bookies favourites to win the IIHF 2019 trophy at +150 with Sports Interaction. No game between the Russians and the Americans is ever likely to be easy though.

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The USA finished fourth in their group but, in a tight group among the leading contenders, they were only beaten twice in seven games, losing their opening game 4-1 to host nation Slovakia who were clearly high on enthusiasm at that stage and then their final game when they went down 3-0 to an in-form Canadian team.

Russia vs USA Head to Head

Russia and the USA last met 18 months ago in the Deutschland Cup, with Russia running out 5-2 winners. Prior to that their last game was two years ago at the group stage of the IIHF World Championship 2017, when the USA won 5-3.

In terms of the Scoring Efficiency (SE%), Russia stand at 15.45%, while the USA are at 11.02%. With goalkeeping SVS%, Russia have 96%, with the USA at 92.31%.

On the Power Play % efficiency, Russia currently stand at 30.43%, while the USA register 43.75%. On Penalty Killing, Russia are at 90% and the USA are at 85.71%.

Russia vs USA IIHF Lines & Betting Pick

As to making a Russia v USA IIHF prediction, we feel that USA will certainly try to raise their game against the Russians, but they are a formidable team and understandably the betting odds clear favour Russia to win.

On the Money Line betting odds at Sports Interaction, Russia are set at -343, with the USA betting line set at +310 with Betway Sports. Russia should win, but those win odds are a little on the short side.

Therefore our IIHF betting tip here is on the Total Goals Over/Under 5.5 market, with Over available at -125 with bet365.

Pick: Total Goals Over/Under 5.5 – Over @ -125 (bet365)

Pick: Total Goals Over/Under 5.5 – Over @ -125 (bet365)

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