Sweden vs Czech Republic prediction and betting tips - May 25, 2024

Miguel Solomons Miguel Solomons Dailysports expert
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Sweden Sweden
World Championship 25 may 2024, 07:20 Sweden - Czech Republic
Praga, O2 Arena
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Prediction on game Total under 4,5
Odds: 1.92

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On Saturday, May 25, the semifinal matches of the Ice Hockey World Championship will take place. In the first game, Sweden will face the hosts of the tournament, the Czech Republic. The match will commence at 14:20 Central European Time, and experts from Dailysports have prepared a forecast for this game.

Sweden

Tre Kronor convincingly navigated the group stage of the tournament. In seven matches, they secured a perfect 21 points, advancing from first place in Group B to the playoffs. Moreover, Sweden is the only team to have achieved the maximum points tally. Additionally, they remain the only team in the tournament not to have conceded a single power-play goal, successfully defending 17 opportunities without a blemish.

In the quarterfinals, Tre Kronor faced Finland. Despite Finland finishing fourth in their group, this match proved very challenging for the Swedes. The Finns defended exceptionally well, limiting Sweden's attacking space. Over two periods, Tre Kronor managed 24 shots on goal, while Finland had only eight. Near the end of the game, Sweden finally scored, but conceded a goal 58 seconds before the end, pushing the match into overtime. In the extra period, Finland made a fatal mistake by taking a penalty, allowing Sweden to capitalize on the power play and advance to the semifinals.

Czech Republic

The Czech team lost to nearly all their direct competitors in their group. They managed to defeat Finland 1-0 in their opening match but subsequently lost to Switzerland and Canada. Thus, they finished third in the group and faced a formidable opponent in the quarterfinals - the USA. Prior to the playoffs, the Czech team was bolstered by two NHL players, Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak, whose Boston team was eliminated in the second round, allowing them to join the national team.

The match against the Americans was tense but incredibly engaging. Both teams displayed high-quality hockey, particularly the goaltenders. The Czech Republic boasts one of the tournament's best power-play success rates, which proved decisive. They scored the only goal seven minutes into the second period during a 5-on-4 power play. The Czechs played energetically and reliably, and even when they gave the Americans space, goaltender Dostal came to the rescue. The Czech Republic managed to stifle the tournament's best offense and advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 victory.

Interesting Facts and Head-to-Head

  • Sweden and the Czech Republic faced off before the start of the World Championship, with Sweden winning 2-0.
  • Sweden has won in regulation time in 7 of their last 8 matches. The Czech Republic has not lost in regulation time in their last 8 matches.
  • 23 of the last 25 matches involving Sweden and the Czech Republic did not end in a regulation time draw. In 24 of the last 25 matches featuring Sweden and the Czech Republic, both teams have scored.
  • Sweden has conceded to the Czech Republic in 25 consecutive matches. Sweden has scored against the Czech Republic in 24 of the last 25 matches.

Sweden vs Czech Republic Prediction

Reaching the semifinals of the World Championship is a significant achievement for both teams. Sweden arrived as one of the main favorites and has demonstrated this through their play, combining offensive flair with pragmatic tactics when necessary. The Czech Republic, as the tournament host, has strengthened their squad with two stellar forwards from Boston.

The match will be incredibly difficult for both teams. The Czech Republic has the home advantage, promising an electrifying atmosphere. Sweden is the favorite, but I wouldn’t risk betting on their victory, as the Czech Republic has already pulled off one upset and is certainly capable of another.

My prediction is for the total match score to be under 4.5 goals with a 1.92 odds.

Prediction on game Total under 4,5
Odds: 1.92

Bonus up to $130/€100

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