Grizzlys Wolfsburg vs Straubing Tigers
Competition: German DEL
Date: 23rd November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Both Wolfsburg and Straubing will be hoping to put an end to their own three-game losing streaks when they face each other tonight.
It seems hard to imagine that the Grizzlys were top of the league at one point last month, as their tumble has seen them slide out of the top places and just one point away from leaving the top six altogether. On a run of three straight losses and just one win in their last six games, the Grizzlys have four of five since the international break. Their season record of 9-2-1-7 from 19 games has them on 32 points so far.
Straubing have been one of the sides struggling this season, but two wins after the international break had seemed like they had found some form. That was however short lived, as the side arrive in Wolfsburg winless in three – although all of those games have been lost by just a goal and the Tigers took a point in two of them. Their season record of 6-1-2-10 sees them on 22 points from 19 games and placed 12/14 overall.
A top three road side, Wolfsburg really have been disappointing at home. The side have lost their last two home matches, and have returned just 12 points from 9 matches on their own ice. Just three regulation wins and four losses without a point, Wolfsburg have only three teams worse than them at home in the league. The Grizzlys score an average of 2,3 goals at home, while giving up 2,8.
Straubing are the equal worst road team in the league, having only won two of their nine games. Just six points from those matches is matched only by Iserlohn, and the Tigers have won only one of the last seven. Unsurprisingly, the Tigers are outscored on average by conceding 3,8 goals a game and scoring only 2,3.
Grizzlys Wolfsburg vs Straubing Tigers: Head-to-Head
Wolfsburg won 7-2 in Straubing a month ago when the Grizzlys were on a winning streak of their own. Straubing have lost all seven of their previous visits to Wolfsburg, not winning there since 2012.
Grizzlys Wolfsburg vs Straubing Tigers: Prediction
With both teams on bad runs it’s a hard game to call. Wolfsburg are slim favourites due to better league form overall, however Straubing will see a chance to win against a team poor at home.