Vienna Capitals vs Black Wings Linz
Date: 24th November 2016
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
With the EBEL regular season now at its halfway point, league leaders Vienna host Linz who are just one place and three points behind them in the standings.
Seven wins in their last 10 games have put Vienna on top of the EBEL at the mid-point of the regular season, with the side on a run of three straight wins since losing a 16-goal thriller to Innsbruck last week. Those three wins all came against sides in the bottom section of the league, with the results against Znojmo and Fehervar perhaps being loser than they should have been. Vienna started the season with that magnificent 7-game winning run, but have yet to win more than three games back-to-back since.
Linz’s form of late looks good on the surface – they’ve won their last three in a row, and also seven of the last 10. Three of the wins however were only for two-points, including two nights ago against basement side Ljubljana who took them to OT. Like Vienna, Linz have had wins against the lower sides of late that probably should have been by bigger margins.
While they are the league’s best road team, Vienna at home are prone to the occasional surprise loss. They have 21 points from 11 matches in the Austrian capital, with five regulation wins and three 0-point losses. The Capitals score almost 4 goals a game on home ice though, while giving up around 3. Take out that 7-9 defeat though, and they have an average of 3.6-2.5 each game.
Linz are only behind Vienna as the best road side in the league, and have lost only two games in regulation so far. With five wins from 11 they have 21 points, although lost last time out in Salzburg. The Black Wings average 3,7 goals a game on the road, while conceding 2,7.
Vienna Capitals vs Black Wings Linz: Head-to-Head
The teams played in Linz 11 days ago, with the Capitals taking an OT win. Vienna won 4-3 when the teams played in September in the capital.
Vienna Capitals vs Black Wings Linz: Prediction
Vienna are a very strong side at home, while Linz have been a bit indifferent lately despite still picking up points. Marginal home win.
Vienna Capitals vs Black Wings Linz: Tips
- Vienna win at 2.05