Ice Hockey World Championship
Match start: 15:15 (GMT+1)
Slovakia and France are in approximately equal situation prior to head-to head and both national teams are now outside the playoffs zone. The winner of this meeting will seriously improve the chances of getting into the following stage and here the way to quarterfinals for the lost team for 99% will be closed.
Few years ago Slovakia had good reputation at world championships and was among regular challengers for the playoffs. Now the position at the top list and squad possibilities of Slovakia have worsened. After three played matches in frames of the group stage, Craig Ramsay team takes the fifth place in standings and has 4 points. The result is not the worst but ahead is the meeting with Russia, Sweden and Belarus where it definitely won’t be easy for Slovakia. In the previous matches Slovakia has managed to struggle with the Czech Republic (3:2 (2:2)), has lost to Switzerland (0:2) and has predictably overcome Austria (4:2).
The hockey in France is far from having the status of the most successful and popular sport but nevertheless the local national team is considered to be the best in the world and tries to meet with this status. The squad of French team is far from the star status and in frames of the current World Cup France has managed to deal only with Belarus (6:2), having lost in matches with Sweden (0:4) and Russia (7:0). It seems that getting into the playoffs will become a small miracle for France and the main task of this national team is staying in elite of world hockey.
Historically, Slovakia seldom lost in head-to-heads with France as it is ambitious national team. The best choice for this match will be the bet made on high match productivity.