Great Britain vs Russia: without difficulties for the Russians
Great Britain risk suffering a devastating defeat in their game against Russia on May 22. Will the outsider be able to put up a fight? Find the answer in our prediction below.
Not so long ago,Great Britain played in the third division, but in recent years they have noticeably improved their performance and have advanced to the Top Division. At the last World Championship, the British created a sensation by managing to keep their spot in the elite. However, we must mention that the national team arrived in Riga without their head coach Peter Russell, who decided to skip the tournament for personal reasons.
The British team remains the main outsider of the tournament. Last time they were crushed by almost all opponents, and could only scratch a victory against France. All the members of the team play for the British clubs.
Russia are one of the main contenders for the title in this Championship, and they are hoping to finish first in their group in order to get a more comfortable opponent in the first round of the playoffs. The Russians have already played one game at the tournament.
In that first game, their opponents were the Czech Republic. Valeri Bragin's charges beat them in regulation time with a score of 4:3. The game was close and quite intense. Russia conceded a goal in the last minutes of the third period while shorthanded, but thanks to the individual actions of Mikhail Grigorenko, they snatched a win 19 seconds before the final whistle.
In the last game of Russia, two goals were scored in the first period.
In three games in the last championship, Great Britain lost by two or more goals in the first period.
We believe that a sensation in this game is simply impossible because the teams have such a big difference in class. The Russians got extra motivation after the difficult victory over the Czech Republic. They should defeat Great Britain without any difficulties.
Prediction - Russia to win with Asian handicap (-6)
At the last World Championship, Great Britain didn't score against the top national teams. Most likely, the British will have a minimum number of dangerous chances, and most of the game will take place in their zone. Based on this, we will bet on their individual total.
Second bet - Great Britain individual total under 0.5