Tappara Tampere vs JYP Jyvaskyla
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 17th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
League leaders Tappara entertain a side struggling to find their form this season in JYP tonight in Finland’s top league.
Tappara have been leading the Liiga for most of the season so far and are currently four points clear of KalPa below them. They’ve lost just one of their last eight games, and are on a four-game winning streak since their last loss on 27 October – notching three wins in a row since the international break. The league’s top scorers, only two sides have conceded less goals overall in the league than Tappara, whose season record currently stands at an impressive 13-1-2-3 from 19 games.
Having not had the start to the season that they have been used to in recent times, JYP had started to turn their form around a bit until recently. Going out of the CHL to Bern means they’ve not won in four games in all competitions, and have not tasted victory in either of their two league games since the international break, despite heading into that pause off a win. The Jyvaskyla side have only one domestic win in their last five starts, with a return of 24 points and a record of 5-2-5-6 putting them 11/15 overall.
As you would expect, Tappara are one of the league’s best home teams – and would be top of the home record standings had it not been for TPS having played two more home games. They’ve lost one only game in regulation at home, another after 60 minutes, and have only dropped one game as a two-point win – meaning that the Tampere side has 6 regulation wins form 9 home games. Scoring over 3 goals a game at home and conceding less than two has them in good stead.
Tappara Tampere vs JYP Jyvaskyla: Head-to-Head
It was a win for JYP, 2-0, when the sides met in Jyvaskyla back in September. Tappara have however only lost one of their past four games at home to JYP in the last two years.
Tappara Tampere vs JYP Jyvaskyla: Prediction
A home win seems the most likely outcome here, considering Tappara’s great form and JYP’s poor one. However, good runs have to come to an end sometime.
Tappara Tampere vs JYP Jyvaskyla: Tips
- Tappara win at 1.90