Having a one-day respite after a difficult confrontation with the Russians, the Austrians will take the ice against the outsider and his direct competitor for the preservation of places in the top division. In such matches as the match against the Slovaks, they need to score points. Otherwise, the winner of the first division take risks to come back after this world Cup.
Last year Slovakia won the group And only one duel, and that in overtime. But it was enough to stay in the elite – it eventually left the Italians, losing all seven matches. Now the national team of Slovakia it is necessary to prove that they are not unnecessarily retained their place in the top division.
Like the Austrians, the Slovaks got a rest day the day before. Before that, they met with the Swiss, who is clearly stronger. And in front of the team under the leadership of Craig Ramsey game with the French. So the Slovaks just needed a convincing victory to strengthen their position in the group and to be away from the relegation zone.
For anybody not a secret that both teams are the clear outsiders of the group A. that is one of them has the most chances to go down to the first division. Therefore, face-to-face meeting between Austria and Slovakia is very important strategically for both teams. And the chances of success they are approximately equal. But let's take the risk and assume the victory of Slovaks. At least because of their impressive experience of playing in the top division, which the Austrians yet can not boast.