Ice Hockey World Championship
Match start: 11:15 (GMT+1)
The battle between Switzerland and Austria is interesting from the point of view of the neighborhood of these countries in the territorial aspect. As for achievements in world hockey, here Switzerland is more successful than Austria that hasn’t pleased its fans for more than 65 years with any successful results in frames of the World Championship.
Switzerland has proved to be very strong and ambitious national team which is capable to surprise a lot of famous rivals. This time the main task of the team of Patrick Fischer in frames of the current tournament is to get into the playoffs and then everything will depend on draw procedure. Switzerland has a lot of interesting hockey players, such as Dean Kukan, Malgin and Richard. By percentage ratio of winnings in matches at World Championship, Switzerland moves to 50% that once again speaks in favor of quite good level of the team.
We wait for something interesting from Austria during the World Championship as in test matches this team has showed quite good game level and has won against Slovenia and Italy. The squad of Austria is far from being the star and the team rarely participates in the World Cups. The leader of the national team is Michael Raffl who is capable to pull his partners, especially in case of skillful team on the ice.
These national teams have met several times in friendly matches but their last game was held in 2015. Since then Switzerland became the serious player on the international scene and can be seriously considered to be the challenger for getting into Top 4 teams of the group.