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Last updated: 15 May 2024
Vedran Ostojic 15 May 2024
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Finland vs Austria Predictions 


Austrians got just one point from three games so far, but they were close to beating Canada and Switzerland. I predict Finland to win the match, but not by four goals difference or more. 
  • Finland vs Austria Predictions 
  • Head to Head 
  • Finland Form 
  • Austria Form 

  • Finland have failed to cover a –3.5 handicap in their last 3 matches against Austria. 
  • Austria have won in a +3.5 handicap in 5 of their last 7 matches. 

Head to Head 


Finland have a 11-0 advantage against Austria in 11 matches. 

They last met in May 2023, the game being won by Finland 3-1. 

Finland Form 


Finland lacked precision in the World Cup 2024 opening match which they lost to the home team Czech Republic 1-0 in overtime.  

They bounced back on Sunday with a convincing 8-0 victory against Great Britain, Mikael Granlund ending the match with four points (four assists).  

Suomi justified the role of big favorites in round number three by defeating Norway 4-1, Arttu Hyry and Oliver Kapanen scoring two goals each. 

Finland’s confidence and high spirits were extremely high ahead of the WC after winning six international friendly games in a row. They were the most successful team in recently ended Czech Hockey Games, winning all three encounters. 

Austria Form 


The Austrians were smashed 5-1 by Denmark in their opening game, and then dropped an 11-game thriller with Switzerland, losing 6-5. 

Their best performance was seen on Tuesday against the reigning champions Canada, the regular time ending in a 6-6 draw, eventually losing in overtime. Peter Schneider was the top performer with two goals and one assist. 

Austria are now sitting in 7th place in the group with just one point from three games. They narrowly avoided relegation in this competition a year ago, as they won just once in overtime during the group stage.

Verdict

Finland are tagged favorites for a good reason here but the handicap line is too high in my opinion, especially after watching Austria narrowly lose to Canada. 

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