SaiPa vs KalPa
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 10th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Two teams that both went out of the CHL on the road midweek, SaiPa and KalPa have had very different Liiga fortunes so far this season.
Getting to the last 16 in Europe was surprising for SaiPa, who have struggled in the opening 16 rounds of the Finnish top flight. With only five wins to their name and 19 points in a 5-1-2-8 record, they are only two places and five points off being last in the standings. The team has struggled to find any real consistency until now, although before the international break they did manage to win three of their previous five matches, and pick up at least a point in four of them. Their dramatic overtime loss in Vaxjo in the CHL however, where they looked like going through for large parts of the game, will have affected morale.
In contrast, KalPa’s good Liiga form saw them expected to go far in the CHL. They were however unable to get pass lowly Swiss team Fribourg-Gotteron over two legs, eventually going out in OT on the road 3-2 for one of the shocks of the night. They can at least return to domestic action seeing themselves as the closest challengers to leaders Tappara. A record of 8-2-3-3 from 16 matches gives the Kuopio team 31 points, three ahead of the team below them and four shy of Tappara. Having suffered a couple of losses last month, KalPa rallied to end the opening part of the season on a streak of two wins.
SaiPa aren’t great home or away, however on their own ice they are actually a bit worse. Just three wins in 8 as part of a 3-0-2-3 record in their own rink isn’t great, and they’re also being outscored on average as well – putting in 3 a game but conceding 3,4.
KalPa are decent on the road, notching 13 points from 8 games so far thanks to three regulation wins and another pair after OT/SO. Most of their road games however are tight- they average 2,9 goals a game, but give up 2,6 meaning the opposition often have a chance. Three wins from their last four away games though is good form.
SaiPa vs KalPa: Head-to-Head
No competitive meeting yet this season, although SaiPa did win a friendly in Kuopio 4-1 in pre-season. KalPa won both visits last year, and the last three competitive matches on the road.
SaiPa vs KalPa: Prediction
You have to think KalPa for this one – while they don’t score a huge amount, they have a lot better defense than SaiPa.
SaiPa vs KalPa: Tips
- KalPa+(0) at 2.20