Straubing Tigers vs Nurnberg Ice Tigers
Competition: German DEL
Date: 15th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
It’s battle of the tigers in the DEL as Straubing host Nurnberg with the teams both on winning streaks but at different ends of the league,
Two straight wins have moved Straubing off the foot of the German top flight’s table, after a poor start had left them four points adrift at the bottom before the international break – wins at home to Cologne and in Mannheim saw the Tigers climb two places to 12/14. The Tigers actually started the season very well, winning four of their opening five, but that was as good as it got as they went on a terrible streak which saw them lose seven consecutive matches and slide down to last. A turn of form before the break and last weekend has seen them now win three of their last four. They are however 6-1-0-9 from 16 rounds.
The Ice Tigers meanwhile have climbed up to fifth in the league following four straight wins, and have the best form in the league after leaders Munich. A team over .500, Nurnberg have a record of 8-2-2-4 from 26 matches with the recent streak finally seeing the team develop more consistency after a win/loss kind of start. The winning run has also put them six points clear of dropping out of the top six.
Considering their poor league position, Straubing actually have a pretty good home record. Four wins, one after OT, and just three losses has been the Tigers’ record in eight home games; of which they’ve won the last two straight. The team score an average of 2,8 goals a game, however have problems in defense – letting in around 3,5 a game. That said, they have only conceded two in their last pair of home games – however the stats are biased from conceding 14 on their two home matches before that.
Nurnberg boast the third best road form in the DEL with four wins and another two after 60 minutes. They lost just one of their eight away games in regulation, and are unbeaten in their last two. Scoring an average of 3,4 goals a game has helped them massively, while giving up only 2,3 a game.
Straubing Tigers vs Nurnberg Ice Tigers: Head-to-Head
Straubing actually won 4-3 in Nurnberg when the sides played each other in September – part of the Tigers’ excellent start. Nurnberg won a pre-season game 4-1 in Straubing this summer, but have won on only one of their last five visits before then.
Straubing Tigers vs Nurnberg Ice Tigers: Prediction
Nurnberg’s good recent run does make them favourites for this, but Straubing have been good recently, especially at home, so there is value in backing them despite their lowly position.
Straubing Tigers vs Nurnberg Ice Tigers: Tips
- Straubing+(0) AH at 2.07