Hockey World Cup quarter-finals, Thursday, 25.05.2023
In the quarter-finals of the 2023 Ice Hockey World Cup, the first of Group B will meet the fourth of the parallel group – as is the tournament mode. What sounds like a clear affair, however, promises to be a tricky affair.
In any case, my Switzerland Germany tip assumes that extra time is one of the scenarios that the willing bettor should definitely think about along with the Bwin welcome bonus.
The French must have been in no mood for hockey in the final period of their last group game against Germany: a match penalty and four two-minute penalties in the third period alone.
But there was probably also a little frustration about not having seen any action against the DEB team. After all, the Eagles advanced to the quarter-finals as fourth in the group with a commanding 5:0 victory.
Although the first of the parallel group will be waiting there, as a fan of the Germans I wouldn’t throw in the towel prematurely at this point. Because there are several reasons that speak in favour of GER!
The parallel group B is no longer as strong as in previous years due to the disqualification of the Russians. Team Suisse in particular has benefited from this decision by the IIHF.
In the face of a weakening Canadian team and a not so convincing secret favourite from the Czech Republic, the Swiss ice team managed to secure first place even before the last group game.
7 games, 6 wins – that’s the record of the Swiss so far, who have also fielded a strong team this year. Nevertheless, I think that Germany will not be without a chance on Thursday.
For one thing, the DEB team has already faced comparably strong opponents in Sweden, Finland and the USA and only ever lost by a very narrow margin!
But the fact that the DEB boys have won all four of their last games since then has had a particularly positive effect on their morale, and in their last appearance against France they even played to nil for the first time at this World Cup.
Furthermore, JJ Peterka has become my personal go-to guy when it comes to Bet365 sports betting on player performance. The NHL pro followed up his four points against Hungary with a superb angled goal against FRA
For me, based on the Switzerland Germany odds, it is clear that I will try my luck with the eagle bearers. Especially since this is a historical fear opponent of the southern neighbour.
Switzerland has not won any of the last six competitive games against the DEB team during the regular season.
However, it should also be noted that in these six games, which have been played at the Olympics, the Germany Cup and the World Championships since 2018, they have gone into overtime 5 times.
Following what I’ve seen from both teams so far in the group stage, I’m opting for a DC-X2 bet on the German team.
But given the equality of the two sides, which was also impressively evident last year, a draw bet at odds of currently around 4.50 is also a very interesting bookmaker offer.
After all, they faced each other in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in an enormously even match, which only went to the marginally better Ice Comrades in a penalty shootout (4:3) with a razor-thin goal difference of 32 to 27.
Using a sports betting app to place a Switzerland Germany bet on the Eagles is the logical consequence of looking at the odds.
Because if you – like me – expect an extremely close affair, you simply have to like the GER win odds of around 4.70. The 1.40 odds, on the other hand, for Switzerland to win, are not good enough.
The 1.40, on the other hand, which is called for a Swiss success within the regular playing time, has been measured far too optimistically for me in view of the data already discussed.
Conclusion: It would certainly have been interesting to find out whether the Swiss could have finished first in the much stronger Group A. However, since I highly doubt this.
However, as I highly doubt this, I see a good chance that the DEB boys will once again push the Swiss to the brink of defeat.
Especially as they have gained a lot of self-confidence at exactly the right time with victories over Denmark, Austria, Hungary and France and also have an outstanding player in JJ Peterka.
My Switzerland Germany tip is therefore: Double chance X2 – even if the probability of extra time is the highest in all four quarter-final pairings.