Sweden vs Russia Predictions & Betting Odds - IIHF 2019 Betting Preview

Two-time defending champions Sweden meet Russia at the Ondreja Nepelu Arena in Bratislava on Tuesday night in their final Group B game at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Two-time defending champions Sweden meet Russia at the Ondreja Nepelu Arena in Bratislava on Tuesday night in their final Group B game at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Both teams are already assured of their places in the quarter-finals of the tournament going into this game, so this encounter will decide who finishes top of the group and the opposition each team will draw in the last eight.

Sweden’s bid for a third consecutive trophy didn’t get off to the most auspicious of starts, with them losing their opening group game 5-2 to the Czech Republic. They quickly found their form though and have won all five games since, scoring at least four goals in each game. They are the current top goalscorers in the tournament with 37 goals in six games and have the best SG% Shot Percentage in the tournament at 15.81.

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The Russians are the only team in the championship with a perfect 100% record after six games. They have the best defensive record in the tournament, having conceded just three goals and have had four shutouts already. Russia’s SG% Shot Percentage is 14.57 (3rd place overall).

These two teams also met in the final game of the group stage at the IIHF World Championship 2018 in Denmark, with Sweden winning 3-1 on their way to winning the competition. The teams have also met on four occasions on the Euro Hockey Tour, with two wins each.

On an individual player basis, Sweden’s William Nylander leads the tournament with 15 points (4 goals + 11 assists). In second place is Russia’s Nikita Kucherov (the 2019 NHL scoring champion with 128 points for the Tampa Bay Lightning) with 14 points (6 goals + 8 assists).

Sweden vs Russia Betting Lines & Prediction

If the Russians beat Sweden to maintain their 100% record in the group stage it will be seen as a good sign by Sbornaya fans. Under the current IIHF World Championship format they’ve done that twice previously (2012, 2014) and then gone on to lift the trophy on both occasions.

In terms of IIHF bets and predictions for this game, there is some real quality on the Russian roster that makes them look the justified favourites in this game and therefore our pick to win it and top the group as a consequence. The Money Line on Russia is at -147 with Betway Sports, with the betting line on Sweden set at +115 over at bet365

Pick: Money Line – Russia to win @ -147 (Betway Sports)

Pick: Money Line - Russia to win @ -147 (Betway Sports)

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