Lukko Rauma vs SaiPa
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 16th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Such has been both team’s poor start to the season, Lukko and SaiPa meet in a bottom four clash Wednesday night.
Rauma are the team at the foot of the Liiga propping up everyone else, with a miserable 14 points from 19 games played. They are currently on a run of three straight losses, having had a brief turn of form last month where they won three out of four. The season started terrible for Lukko as the side went four games without a win, and then tasted victory in only two of their opening 15 matches. Since the international break, it’s been two straight losses as their good form evaporated. Their season record currently is 2-3-2-12 from 19 matches.
SaiPa have recorded four points out of six since the league resumed after the international break, and have won two of their last three league matches. After starting the league quite poorly, they have had six wins in their last ten to gradually start moving up the table – now only three points off the top ten. Their record so far stands at 6-1-3-8 from 18 games, with 23 points overall.
On their own ice Lukko are the league’s worst team. The Rauma side have recorded only one regulation win and two after 60 minutes in nine home games this season so far, giving them only 8 points from those matches. While they score 2,3 goals a game at home on average, conceding over 3 is not helping their cause. Lukko have however won two of their last four home matches.
SaiPa are below average for the league away from home, with just 8 road points from as many matches including only two regulation wins and five losses. They score an average of 2 goals a game, while giving up almost three a game.
Lukko Rauma vs SaiPa: Head-to-Head
SaiPa won 4-2 when they hosted Lukko at the end of September. In Rauma, the sides tend to split the season with a win each based on recent years.
Lukko Rauma vs SaiPa: Prediction
This one is a bit of a tossup really, with neither team in great form. SaiPa have been better over recent weeks though, so will have some confidence on their side.
Lukko Rauma vs SaiPa: Tips
- SaiPa+0.5 at 1.80