2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships – Austria vs Norway Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Austria vs Norway start? Friday 17th May, 2019 – 15:15 (UK)

Where is Austria vs Norway being played? Ondrej Nepela Arena, Slovakia

What television channel is Austria vs Norway on in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Austria vs Norway in the UK? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Austria vs Norway? https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm/static/6180/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Austria 2-0 Norway

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRIA

  • Austria were on the receiving end of a hammering by reigning back-to-back world champions Sweden as they lost their fourth straight game in the competition thanks to the 9-1 defeat.

  • After their goal was peppered against Switzerland in their previous game, the Austrians just weren’t good enough to prevent a repeat performance but the Swedes were much more clinical, making for a heftier scoreline.

  • Austria have a clean bill of health at the moment but if their poor form continues, they may look to give some further time on the ice to those who haven’t had much game time and those changes may come in attack with them currently ranking 15th in scoring efficiency.

NORWAY

  • Norway showed some signs of improvement following their hammering against Sweden in their previous game but went down to a strong Switzerland outfit in their fourth consecutive loss of the competition.

  • The Swiss proved too good as they maintained their own 100% record with the defeat leaving Norway in a battle to avoid relegation and a loss to fellow strugglers Austria will leave them in a real hole.

  • The Norwegians will be without Rosseli Olsen after the forward was ruled out for the rest of the competition with the knee injury he suffered against the Czech Republic and he will not be replaced due to Norway already registering a full roster.

THE PREDICTION

Two winless teams meet here in an important game at the bottom of Group B with the loser of Austria and Norway in potential relegation trouble. With hopes of making the quarter-finals already extinguished, both nations will now be looking to pick up the wins required to retain their elite status. Norway’s figures make for grim reading and whilst Austria haven’t performed much better, they have the better roster and should be able to pick up their first victory of the tournament here.