Bili Tygri Liberec vs Mlada Boleslav
Competition: Czech Extraliga
Date: 1st December 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
New Extraliga leaders Liberec host Boleslav Thursday night as they look to move six points clear at the top of the table. For the visitors, it’s all about chasing the top six.
Liberec had been looking to pounce on the top two of Brno and Trinec for some weeks, and gradually as they’ve played their games in hand they have managed to do so. Their 13-game winning streak went with defeat to Litvinov on Sunday, however a 2-0 blanking of Chomutov put them back on winning form. Just two defeats in their last 15 Extraliga matches make them not only the league’s best form team over that period, but also on of Europe’s. Their impressive season record stands at 16-1-4-4 from 25 matches, and three points clear of the chasing two.
BK Mlada Boleslav somewhat over-achieved last season with their run to the play-off semifinals, eventually being eliminated by Liberec in four games. This season they didn’t get off to a bad start, but inconsistency has seen them fail to really launch an assult on the top six. Sitting two places outside the automatic play-off places and five points behind, Boleslav have failed to string two consecutive wins together since early October, and having beaten Trinec last time out the form guide suggests they will lose this one. Two wins from their last six matches give Boleslav a record overall of 11-1-2-11 from 25.
While Liberec are comfortably the league’s best road team, home form has been a bit more problematic – although they have played at least two less at home than anyone else in the league. With 7 regulation wins from 11 on their own ice, the White Tigers have 23 points in total at home and have won 9 of the last 10 in all competitions there. On their ice, the Tigers average 2,4 goals a game, while letting in just under 1,5.
Boleslav hang around midtable for both home and road form, with the away performances having returned 15 points from 12 outings – four regulation wins but six 0-point losses helping that total. The side in green have won only one of their last four road matches, score an average of 2,6 goals a game, and give up just over 3 a game.
Bili Tygri Liberec vs Mlada Boleslav: Head-to-Head
Liberec won a comfortable match 3-0 in Boleslav last month. Boleslav’s last competitive win over the Tigers was in September last year, meaning it’s been eight straight games since they beat them – and not since 2010 have they win in Liberec.
Bili Tygri Liberec vs Mlada Boleslav: Prediction
You have to pick Liberec for this one; unless you want to gamble that Boleslav will put two wins together for the first time in almost two months, and win in Liberec which they’ve not done in six years.
Bili Tygri Liberec vs Mlada Boleslav: Tips
- Liberec -1.5 at 1.99