The hockey match of the group stage of the World Junior Championship within Quartet "V" kicks off at 19:00 GMT. Fans of international hockey are looking forward to the clash between Switzerland and the USA.
The Swiss national team started the Junior World Championship with a match against Slovakia and it didn't go well. The Red-Whites were decidedly weaker than their direct competitors in the fight for progression from the group and moving into the playoffs. The meeting ended with Switzerland losing 3:0, which was logical and followed the flow of the game. The Swiss players made many shots and were superior in this game component, however, the quality left much to be desired. The Slovak team handed the initiative to Switzerland, but the hockey players from central Europe failed to capitalise on it. The first game ended in defeat, which is not critical, considering there are clear outsiders in each of the tournament's quartets.
The current bronze medalists started the tournament in Sweden with a confident win over an outsider, who made half as many shots. The U.S. team matched up against Norway and as traditionally, was seen as the favorite against a team aiming for relegation. There's no sense discussing the contents of the match against Norway, as the North Americans showcased a masterclass to the Europeans who haven't competed amongst the world's best teams for a while. The first game served as a warm-up, with Team USA's level of opponents set to increase moving forward. After the match against Switzerland, the US players will take on the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The outcomes of these matches will determine the teams' final group standings.
The USA and Switzerland have faced off in 10 official matches. The USA has claimed victory 9 times whilst Switzerland proved stronger in 1 encounter.
The overall total of the match will consist of more than 4 scored goals.
The USA will win in regulation time. The skaters from North America are considerably stronger than their European opponents, who have not even scored at this current World Championship, despite having a plethora of opportunities. The adversaries in Sweden are undertaking different tasks, which determines the placement of power.