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The Swedes, who have dominated the last two years, are the defenders of victory in Karjale. The Czechs finished third last year. What this year? The initial behavior of the party at the senior A team of the debuting Rulík indicated that it must be reckoned with. In the opening period, she crushed the Three Crowns with a four-goal thrashing. David Tomášek and Radan Lenec (both 1+1) shone in attack. Back Libor Zábranský grabbed two assists and Jakub Málek did not disappoint in goal (26 saves).
Hot shooter Petr Kodýtek
Which Czech fighters will anger the defensive ranks of Finland and Switzerland? Bet on a shooter at Tipsport. Ilves Tampere forward Petr Kodýtek could have extra motivation to perform against Suomi. With 12 hits from 21 duels, he is the continuous best sniper in the Liiga. But as Thursday’s confrontation with the Swedes showed, the offensive of the team from the heart of Europe stands on many pillars. Mention of Tomášek, Lenc, then Lukáš Sedlák, Jakub Flek or Adam Kubík. Michal Řepík, Matěj Stránský and Daniel Voženílek are also in the squad. However, the native must also watch out for the back door. At the start of Karjala, the Finns wiped out the Swiss 4:0. Antti Suomela scored a hat trick. The team led by Jukka Jalonen thus resolutely confirmed the highest ambitions. After all, before the start of the tournament, Tipsport’s bookmaker was placed in the role of top favorite for the overall championship. The prediction of the biggest betting community for Saturday? For example, tipster MartenoSS expects the Czech Republic to win and at least four goals (at odds of 4.05).
Oksanen and Ambühl in action
Suomi’s roster commands respect. Three Olympic winners from Beijing and world champions (Niklas Friman from Ilves, Petteri Lindbohm from IFK Helsinki and Hannes Björninen from Örebro), but also a solid line of hockey players who have tried the NHL. Czech fans will certainly remember Ahti Oksanen (Oskarshamn), who played for Hradec Králové in the Tipsport Extra League in the 2021/22 season. And the nomination of Switzerland? The 40-year-old striker Andres Ambühl, the record holder of the national team from the country of the Helvetic Cross in the number of matches, points and assists, is not missing in it again. Reto Berra, Sven Andrighetto, Mirco Müller and Dean Kukan also came to Tampere, leaving a certain mark in the most prestigious hockey league in the world. Open an account with Tipsport online without visiting a branch and get input bonus up to CZK 50,000! Plus you get free 300 CZK for the first bets!