HC Olomouc vs Bili Tygri Liberec
Competition: Czech Extraliga
Date: 15th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:20 CET
A pair of sides with differing fortunes meet tonight in the Extraliga, with ninth placed Olomouc hosting Liberec in fourth.
Olomouc have so far this season struggled to get through the glass ceiling above them, sitting four points behind Chomutov but practically shadowing them in results over the last four rounds. They have a season record of 6-2-2-9, giving a return of 24 points from 19 matches. Despite a strong start where they won six of their opening eight games (two after OT/Shootouts though), last month was not a good one as HCO lost five straight games to crash down the table. They go into this match on the back of two consecutive losses since the international break, and have won just two games in 10.
Liberec were dramatically eliminated from the CHL last week, going out to Vitkovice 3-1 on aggregate after an OT defeat in Ostrava. They didn’t let that harm then however, going back to Extraliga action on the weekend and notching wins in Trinec and at home to Zlin. The White Tigers are in impressive form domestically, and have the best form in the league with over the last five game. All together, Liberec are unbeaten in seven straight league games, a run which has moved them in to 27 points from only 18 games with an 11-0-4-3 record.
Olomouc are marginally better at home than they are on the road, although neither have set the league alight. HCO have four wins plus one after OT in 10 home matches so far, losing all bar one of the other five of them without a point. They are, on average, outscored at home by 2,1 to 2,3 goals a game, and lost Sunday home to lowly Pilsen 5-2 which ended a run of two straight home wins.
On the road Liberec are one of the league’s best teams, having won their last four games straight. Six wins and only one regulation loss from their 11 road trips so far, the Tigers have 22 points form 11 games away from home. The team averages almost three goals a game until now, while letting in just over two.
HC Olomouc vs Bili Tygri Liberec: Head-to-Head
The teams played in Olomouc at the end of September, with the hosts taking a 2-1 win on a shootout. Olomouc have won five of the last six at home to Liberec.
HC Olomouc vs Bili Tygri Liberec: Prediction
Liberec have looked borderline unstoppable recently, and have only conceded three in their last five away games. Time for them to turn around their poor record in Olomouc.
HC Olomouc vs Bili Tygri Liberec: Tips
- Liberec win at 2.20