The action in the SM Liiga has intensified over the past few weeks especially at the top-end of the table. KooKoo holds pole-position in the standings at the moment while Karpat occupies 2nd place having equal amount of points but fewer wins in regular-time. TPS Turku is in 3rd spot although it has 3 games in hand over the leaders with Ilves taking 4th place in the table.
JYP v Jukurit Betting
Having picked up only 1 point from the last 9 matches, JYP hockey team has the worst form in the league at present. It also has the worst home-record with only 2 victories and 2 overtime wins from 13 matches.
Jukurit has stayed in the bottom-half of the table for much of the season but seems to be on an upward trend of late. It has taken 6 wins from the last 10 fixtures and can move into the top-10 at the end of the month.
JYP is in a massive slump and has a defence which is conceding nearly 4 goals per home-game. Jukurit don’t score too many goals but should be able to return to winning ways by a couple of goals.
JYP 2-4 Jukurit
Vaasan Sport v Pelicans Tips
Coming into this clash on the back of 4 consecutive defeats, Vaasan Sport is currently 8th in the league-table. Home-form has also taken a drastic turn after taking only 2 points from the past 5 fixtures.
The Pelicans are in 6th spot at present with 3 wins from the last 6 matches. It has earned just 4 points from the last 5 games on the road with the lone victory coming in the previous meeting between these two sides.
Sport is averaging exactly 2 goals per game and has conceded 12 times in the past 4 matches. Pelicans are a tighter unit and average over 2.5 goals per game and have managed to preserve this scoring-rate on the road as well.
SM Liiga Prediction
Vaasan Sport 2-3 Pelicans
TPS Turku v KooKoo
Despite its struggles in Europe, TPS Turku has shown solid form in the SM Liiga with 6 wins from the last 9 matches. Besides, TPS has notched 7 victories in 10 home-games this season, each of them in regular-time.
After beginning the season quite sluggishly, KooKoo has looked in terrific shape over the past couple of months to take top-spot in the league-table. It has picked up 24 points from the last 33 on offer.
TPS has the best defensive-record in the division and is averaging almost 2.5 goals per game on home-turf. KooKoo is scoring at a rate 2 goals per game on the road but has lost 7 of its 13 away-matches thus far.
SM Liiga Prediction
TPS 2-1 KooKoo
Assat v Tappara
With only 7 points from the previous 11 matches, Assat is languishing at the very bottom of the SM Liiga standings. It also has a dreadful home-record having earned just 2 wins besides a couple of over-time victories till now.
Tappara has moved up to 7th position having collected 11 points off the previous 5 fixtures. Moreover, it possesses the best away-record in the league winning more than half its matches on the road this season.
On home-soil, Assat has barely managed 2 goals per game and is conceding at a rate beyond 3.5 per match. On the other hand, Tappara is averaging more than 3 goals on the road while conceding less than 2 per match.
SM Liiga Prediction
Assat 1-4 Tappara
IFK Helsinki v Karpat
By taking 24 points from its previous 12 matches, IFK Helsinki has climbed up to 5th spot in the SM Liiga table. However, home-form has been a bit of a concern having managed just 5 wins from 11 matches thus far.
Karpat has collected 15 points from its past 8 matches to keep hold of 2nd spot in the standings. Away-form has been crucial towards its success with 5 victories from the 10 matches on the road so far.
IFK is scoring over 3 goals per game this season but is giving away nearly 2.5 goals, even on home-turf. Meanwhile Karpat is averaging close to 4 goals on the road this season but has conceded almost 2.5 goals per match.
Ice Hockey Betting Prediction
IFK Helsinki 2-3 Karpat (OT)
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