USA vs Sweden. Who will win in the battle of the favorites of group B?

The fate of the first place in group B will be decided on August 15 in the rivalry between the teams of the USA and Sweden. The meeting will be held in Edmonton, on the ice of the Roger Place Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on USA vs Sweden


Unlike their older teammates on the national team, American youth have been remarkably successful at the international level in recent years. The American youth team has five gold medals, and three gold medals have been earned over the past ten years. Moreover, at the current tournament, it is the American youth team that performs in the rank of current World Champions, having won gold a year ago in the same Edmonton.

Some of the hockey players from last year's championship team are still in the ranks, which gives the Americans a certain advantage over their main competitors. In the opening matches of the group stage, the Americans went over their rivals with a rink, scoring two big wins with a total goal difference of 12-2. The German hockey players were the first to experience the power of the American attack, losing to the reigning champions with a score of 1-5. It was even more difficult for the Swiss, who had seven goals at once, to which the Europeans answered only once. Interestingly, defender Luke Hughes is the most productive member of the US team, who scored four assists and one abandoned puck in the opening matches.


The Swedish national team at the youth level is less titled than the rival, having only two gold medals of the World Championships. The last golden success dates back to 2012, when the Scandinavians, led by future NHL stars Forsberg and Zibanejad, beat Russia 1-0 in the final. Since then, the maximum that the Swedes have achieved has been to reach the final three times, stopping a step away from gold medals in 2013, 2014 and 2018. The Swedes completed last year's championship already at the quarterfinal stage, losing to the Finnish team with a score of 2-3.

Even before the start of the tournament, the Swedish team was left without its main star. Forward William Eklund decided to miss the tournament, arguing his choice as an attempt to gain a foothold in the first team of the San Jose Sharks. Without their leading striker, the Swedes with great difficulty beat the Swiss 3-2 in the opening game of the championship, allowing the opponent to reduce the score to a minimum in the third period, thereby ensuring a nervous ending.

USA vs Sweden


At last year's World Championship, the US and Sweden teams also met in the group stage. The struggle did not work out, the Americans were much stronger, having thrown four unanswered goals into the gates of the Scandinavian team. If we consider the relationship of these teams at a distance, then the advantage of the US team is also striking. Of the last ten meetings played in the World Championships, the Americans were stronger in seven, giving the Swedes only three matches.

ODDs from download 1xbet

In the forthcoming rivalry, the bookmaker is on the side of the US team, setting a possible victory for the Americans with a coefficient of 2.12, while the victory of the Swedes in 1xbet betting shop in regular time is offered with a coefficient of 2.7. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

According to most experts, it is the US team, along with its neighbors from Canada, that is the main contender for the World Championship gold. The opening games of the group stage only confirmed this. Pretty strong national teams of Germany and Switzerland were simply swept away by the Americans, who scored 12 goals in these two matches. For comparison, the same Swedes, who are experiencing serious personnel problems, beat the Swiss with great difficulty, with a difference of one goal. So far, everything suggests that the Americans are noticeably stronger than the Swedes, so our forecast is the victory of the US team in regular time with a coefficient of 2.12.

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