Slovakia vs Russia. How will the third match of the Russian national team at MFM 2022 turn out?

On the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Russian youth team will play their third match at the World Championship. The game will be played by the Slovak national team in the Canadian city of Red Deer, on the ice of the Westerner Park arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Slovakia vs Russia


The Slovak national team does not belong to the favorites of the championship, being content with the status of the middle peasant at any major international tournaments. The main achievement at the level of the youth teams is two bronzes, won in 1999 and 2015. The last six championships, the Slovaks overcome the group stage, but then are eliminated already at the stage of the quarterfinals. This was the case a year ago, when, after the fourth place in the group, the Slovak national team got into the playoffs against strong Americans, to whom, as expected, lost 2-5.

They do not expect a special breakthrough from the Slovaks at this championship either. The Slovak national team is one of the youngest in this tournament, in which nine hockey players have not yet turned 18 years old. Of the notable figures, it is worth paying attention to defender Shimon Nemec and forward Juraj Slavkovski, who, despite their youth, have already played for their main team at the senior World Championship 2021. After two starting rounds, the Slovaks have zero points, both games against the USA and Sweden Ivan Fenesh's charges lost. In the opening game of the championship, the Slovaks fought the Americans until the last, but in the end they lost with a score of 2-3. On the second day, the defeat to the Swedes was more sensitive 0-3, but in shots on target the Slovaks outnumbered their opponent by almost two times 48-27.


If for Slovaks the main task for the championship is getting into the playoffs, then the Russian team is traditionally considered as one of the contenders for gold. True, the last golden triumph of the youth team dates back to 2011, but since then Russian youth reached the final four times, eventually losing twice to the Canadians and once to the national teams of Sweden and Finland. Last year, Russian youth were completely left without medals, first losing in the semifinals to the same Canadians 0-5, and then losing to the Finns 1-4 in the bronze medal match.

The new coaching staff of the national team, headed by Sergei Zubov, should be rehabilitated for last year's failure. The first pancake, according to the Russian tradition, came out lumpy. The opening game of the championship against the powerful Swedish national team did not go well from the very beginning, resulting in 0-3 by the middle of the third period. In the future, thanks to Michkov's efforts, the Russian national team reduced the score to a minimum, but two conceded goals in the end set the final score 6-3 in favor of the Swedish national team. The Russian youth team scored the first points on the second day of the championship, when the Swiss national team was beaten with a score of 4-2. Thus, now the Russian national team has three points and the current third place in group B.

Slovakia vs Russia


Over the past 15 years, within the framework of the Youth World Championship, fate has brought together the national teams of Slovakia and Russia 7 times. The most that the Slovaks were able to achieve was to once bring the matter to overtime, eventually losing that match with a score of 2-3. The Russian team has perfect head-to-head statistics, seven games - seven wins, with an impressive 31-10 goal difference. The last time these teams met was in January 2019, and that game ended with a convincing victory for the Russian team with a score of 8-3.

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It is quite expected that, according to the bookmaker, it is the Russian team that is the favorite of the upcoming match: victory for Slovakia - 4.4, a draw - 5, victory for Russia - 1.64. Also, judging by the preliminary quotes, in this game we should expect a large number of goals scored: Total over (5.5) - 1.52, Total under (5.5) - 2.55. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Do not underestimate the Slovak national team. Despite the two starting defeats, in the games against the favorites of the group - the Americans and the Swedes, the Slovaks looked quite decent. The Russian national team does not yet leave a holistic impression, taking its own due to the individual skill of individual hockey players. In the game against the organized national team of Slovakia, the Russian team is the favorite, but one should not expect a defeat. Our prediction is the victory of the Slovak national team with a handicap (+2.5) with a coefficient of 1.43.

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