TPS Turku vs Tappara Tampere
Date: 26th November 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
The two sides chasing leaders KalPa clash Friday night in Turku as a win could take Tappara back to the summit of Finland’s top league, or put TPS level with the team from Tampere.
TPS have been consistent over recent weeks and months in the Liiga, slowly but surely chasing down KalPa and Tappara with good form of their own as the top two started to falter. The Turku team now find themselves three points shy of tonight’s opponents after a streak that has seen them lost only one of seven games. That loss was for a point, as was the defeat before their 5-game winning streak began, so it’s been almost a month since TPS lost in regulation, and an amazing 17 matches since they were outscored by more than a goal. Their record this season so far stands at 12-3-3-5.
Tappara were knocked off top spot this time last week with defeat to Kalpa, but bounced back with a 6-5 win over Vassan on Monday night. The loss to Kuopio ended their five-game winning run, however they have still only lost two of their last 11 matches. The team from Tampere are still only one point behind KalPa and do have a game in hand on the leaders, but could go top against tonight if KalPa were to lose.
TPS have the third best home and road form in the league, which makes their position just behind the top two quite logical. On their own ice they’ve won seven games in regulation, and two for a point less – while only losing 2 of the 12 matches overall outright. They’re the league’s highest scorers at home, average 3,3 a game while giving up 1,7.
Tappara are still the league’s best road team, although now have equal points as KalPa from away games despite having played one less. Seven regulation wins helps them on the way to 22 points from 11 matches. The team score 3 goals a game on the rod on average, while conceding just over 2,3.
TPS Turku vs Tappara Tampere: Head-to-Head
TPS took a 2-1 penalty shot win in Tampere at the end of September. In Turku, Tappara have comfortably won three of their last four visits though.
TPS Turku vs Tappara Tampere: Prediction
Tappara have been leaking goals recently, more than they had done earlier in the season. While they’re good on the road, that could scupper them a bit. TPS don’t often lose and almost always keep the margin close too – so are very small favourites.
TPS Turku vs Tappara Tampere: Tips
- TPS Turku win at 2.05