Fribourg Gotteron vs KalPa Kuopio
Competition: Champions Hockey League
Date: 8th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 CET
In what was a very close game last week, KalPa looked to be heading to Switzerland with a one-goal advantage until Fribourg struck with less than five minutes on the clock to send it back level. As there is no ‘away goals’ rule in the CHL, this is simply a case of winner takes all.
Fribourg getting this far in the CHL really contrasts their NLA form, where they have been very poor at the beginning of the season and are only one above last. In the CHL though they’ve had good wins over Munich and Kosice, and coming back from Finland undefeated is no mean feat either.
KalPa would have expected to have won last week’s game on their own ice, but just couldn’t get the job done and must now avoid defeat in Switzerland to make it further. Having been on a good run in their own league as well this result was one of the shocks of the round that they didn’t win.
Fribourg are undefeated on home ice in the CHL, despite only having two regulation wins from 9 in the NLA. Wins over Munich, Znojmo, and Kosice have seen them average 4 a game while conceding 1 a game in European competition this season; but maybe that is down to the quality of opposition.
KalPa had a win and a loss in the CHL on the road during the group stage, needing to overcome Vienna or face elimination. In the last round they went to Stockholm already two up and held on for a 2-1 win to get through to this stage. Being blanked in Skelleftea puts their average goals per game down to 1,7, while conceding 2 each time they hit the road- but overall they are generally involved in low-scoring matches.
Fribourg Gotteron vs KalPa Kuopio: Head-to-Head
Their only meeting ever was last week, and neither side has played a team from each other’s country in the CHL this season either.
Fribourg Gotteron vs KalPa Kuopio: Prediction
KalPa should have enough to win this, but then again they should have won last week as well. Still, you would have to fancy the in-form Liiga side over the out of sorts NLA team.
Fribourg Gotteron vs KalPa Kuopio: Tips
- KalPa+(0) AH at 2.12
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