Bolzano vs Klagenfurt
Competition: EBEL Liga
Date: 17th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
The TV-game in the EBEL sees Klagenfurt host Bolzano of Italy in a 4 vs. 9 clash.
Bolzano are up inside the top four off the back of two straight wins and three in their last four since the international break. Generally a strong team at home because of their sheer distance from most of the other teams, they have a season record of 9-2-1-7 so far this season, but are the lowest scoring team in the league’s top seven.
Klagenfurt have so far failed to deliver the pre-season promise their talented roster has – something not uncommon for the team in the early season. They lost the Corinthian derby against Villach over the weekend, but bounced back with a shootout win over leaders Salzburg midweek to snap a two-game losing streak. A record of 7-1-2-9 gives them 25 points from 19 rounds, sandwiched five points off the automatic top six play-off places, but only the same number from dropping down into the bottom three places.
At home Bolzano have been unusually poor this year, but are around the .500 mark for the reason with a 4-1-0-4 record on their own ice. The Foxes score and concede an average of 2,3 goals a game at the Palonda, with five of those games unsurprisingly being decided by a single goal – although only one has gone to OT.
On the road this year the KAC are one of the worst four teams in the league – top six home form preventing them from being any lower. Just two regulation wins, both against sides below them, and two one-point losses the only positive returns from nine trips (in Graz, they surrendered a 3-0 lead inside the final 10 minutes and then lost in OT). The team are low scorers on the road, averaging less than two goals a game while they concede an average of 2,8.
Bolzano vs Klagenfurt: Head-to-Head
Bolzano were 3-1 winners in Klagenfurt when the sides met a month ago. The KAC have only one win in Bolzano since the Foxes joined the EBEL in 2013 – six losses overall.
Bolzano vs Klagenfurt: Prediction
Bolzano would be favorites for this one given their better league position, and how bad Klagenfurt are both on the road and in this particular rink.
Bolzano vs Klagenfurt: Tips
- Bolzano win at 2.05