2019 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships – Sweden vs Switzerland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Sweden vs Switzerland start? Saturday 18th May, 2019 – 19:15 (UK)

Where is Sweden vs Switzerland being played? Ondrej Nepela Arena, Slovakia

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

Where can I stream Sweden vs Switzerland in the UK? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Sweden 3-2 Switzerland

THE TEAM NEWS

SWEDEN

  • Sweden are beginning to find form at the right time as they won their second successive game by a 9-1 scoreline, this time defeating Austria with their goals for and against in their last three games standing at 26-2.

  • That win puts Sweden in a solid positon to qualify for the quarter-final as they bid to make it three World Championships in a row but know the job is far from done yet and face a tricky Switzerland side who are so far unbeaten.

  • William Nylander continued his impressive tournament so far with another goal and assist against Austria to take his tallies to three and seven which ironically totals the same number that his net return is when on the ice (+10).

SWITZERLAND

  • Switzerland made it four wins from four as they saw off Norway in another comfortable victory to leave the Swiss in an extremely healthy position to qualify for the quarter-final stage.

  • The 4-1 victory saw Switzerland concede just their second goal of the competition and that record highlights how impressive they have been although they now face a tough test against reigning champions Sweden.

  • Switzerland have been hit by the news that impressive young defender Janis Jerome Moser will miss the rest of the tournament after he suffered a hit on the wrist in the game against Austria.

THE PREDICTION

This is a crucial match in Group B as unbeaten Switzerland face their toughest test yet against reigning champions Sweden. The Swedes have improved since their shock opening match defeat and look a real threat in front of goal but will have to be at their best to win this one. Switzerland’s defence has been very solid so far but will come under scrutiny here and whilst they will put up a fight, Sweden should just about have too much.