IFK Helsinki vs. SaiPa
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 13th October 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Both IFK and SaiPa played CHL two nights ago and got big results to see them through to the next round. IFK overcame Liiga rivals TPS on a shootout in a seesaw game, while SaiPa put out defending Liiga Champions Tappara 6-2 on aggregate!
So while both teams are enjoying continental success, they have very different stories in their own league. IFK sit fifth currently with 16 points from their opening nine games, but have only managed three regulation wins so far. Having lost two home games in a row at the end of September/start of October, the Helsinki-side have now won their last two games (both on the road) with 2-point wins in Oulu and Jyvaskyla. Their CHL win means they are now unbeaten in four games against teams from the Liiga.
SaiPa’s CHL success is some much needed confidence boosting as their league form of late has been poor to say the least. Taking out the wins over Tappara, they are winless in five Liiga matches with their last victory having come on September 23. They sit as number 13 in the league, but are involved in a three-way tie for last place on seven points from nine. SaiPa’s big problem is that they ship too many goals – giving up 3,7 a game on average while scoring one less. Comparing that with IFK, who score 2,4 a game, seems good; but the hosts are only conceding an average of 2,1 per game.
IFK Helsinki vs. SaiPa: Head-2-Head
IFK and SaiPa are yet to meet each other in competition this season, but last year split the series with an even two wins each. SaiPa have a decent record in Helsinki, having won three of the last five meetings – but they are pointless on the road so far this season.
IFK Helsinki vs. SaiPa: Prediction
IFK’s better recent form makes them favourites for this game, although SaiPa will be boosted by their wins over Tappara in the CHL. Getting the game to overtime isn’t beyond possibility, but IFK should be winning this in regulation.
IFK Helsinki vs. SaiPa: Tips
- IFK Helsinki win at 1.75