Slovenia vs Slovakia Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for 2023 IIHF World Championship Game (Scoring Takes a Backseat)

Slovenia vs Slovakia prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game.
Slovenia vs Slovakia prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game. / AP Photo/Roman Koksarov

The 2023 IIHF World Championship continues on Sunday, May 21, featuring a Group B matchup between Slovenia and Slovakia.

Slovenia vs Slovakia Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023
  • Time: 9:20 a.m. ET
  • Venue: Arena Riga -- Riga, Latvia

Slovenia is coming off its fifth consecutive loss of the tournament, falling 3-2 to Latvia on Friday. On the other side, Slovakia hopes to keep its knockout stage hopes alive following a 4-3 loss overtime loss to Kazakhstan.

Slovenia vs Slovakia Odds & Spread

Slovakia enters this contest as the favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:20 a.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 5.5 goals with the Under being favored at -114 odds.

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Slovenia vs Slovakia Betting Trends

  • Slovenia is 0-0-0-5 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Slovakia is 1-0-2-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Slovenia lost to Latvia, 3-2, in its last game on May 19, 2023.
  • Slovakia lost to Kazakhstan in overtime, 4-3, in its last game on May 19, 2023.
  • Slovakia is 5-2 straight up in its last seven head-to-head matchups against Slovenia.

Slovenia vs Slovakia Prediction & Pick

It's hard to like much of what Slovenia has done thus far in the group stage. The Slovenians have scored only six goals through five games while boasting a minus-3.2 average goal differential — by far the worst in Group B. They're also the only squad in the tournament that's yet to pick up at least one point.

While Slovakia isn't a juggernaut, it still shines in some areas. The Slovakians currently own the fourth-best penalty kill and sixth-best save percentage in the tournament, making it extremely unlikely that Slovenia's goal-scoring issues end here.

Besides, Slovakia is the only country of the two that still has a chance to play in the knockout round. Motivated by that goal alone, I expect a Slovakian victory this weekend.

Final Score Prediction: Slovakia: 3 | Slovenia: 2

Slovenia vs Slovakia Best Bet

If you're a huge fan of high-scoring clashes, this game isn't the one for you. Both Slovenia and Slovakia rank in the bottom half of tournament competitors when it comes to offense, only averaging a combined 3.2 goals per game.

On top of that, each of the last five Slovenia-Slovakia matchups has seen five or fewer goals scored. With both sides lacking high-end offensive talent, the Under on the 5.5-goal total is the best bet here.

Bet: Under 5.5 Total Goals (-114)

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