Lukko Rauma vs Tappara Tampere
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 12th November 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Top visits last when Tappara head to Rauma tonight in the Liiga. For Tappara it is their first game since the international break, while Lukko played midweek.
Lukko Rauma have had a torrid season up until now. With two wins in their opening ten games, and then only another three since then, Lukko sit at the foot of the Liiga standings. Their season so far stands at 11 points from 18 games, with a record of 2-2-2-11 – and four points behind their nearest rivals. The side lost to Vaasan Sport earlier this week, and are on a run of two straight losses and only one win from their last four games.
League leaders Tappara have been in solid form this season, having won the overall championship last season. 35 points and a record of 11-0-2-3 from 16 matches has them two points clear at the top with a game in hand, having also won four of their last five matches. In Haapala and Savinainen, Tappara also have the two top-point scorers in the league – 38 between them until now.
While Lukko’s overall form has been very poor, their home performances have actually been worse than those on the road. They’ve won one game in regulation in Rauma, two after 60 minutes, and lost five to score only 8 points from as many games. The team concedes almost 3 goals a game on their own ice, while scoring just over two – nut surprisingly then that a lot of their defeats have been by the odd goal. Lukko have however won two out of their last three at home.
Tappara are only a point off from being the best road team in the league, although they have played two games less than the side who has that record- IFK Helsinki. Five regulation wins, and a loss with a point, gives them 16 points from eight road trips thus far. The Tampere side score at least three goals a game on average when playing away, while conceding around 2,3.
Lukko Rauma vs Tappara Tampere: Head-to-Head
Tappara won 2-1 on home ice last month, and have won the last four games against Lukko. In Rauma however they’ve won only three games since 2014.
Lukko Rauma vs Tappara Tampere: Prediction
All the stats would say this is a win for the visitors, but you’ll get big rewards for backing Lukko if they somehow pulled it off. Unlikely though considering their recent run.
Lukko Rauma vs Tappara Tampere: Tips
- Tappara-(0) AH at 1.78