24.01.16 – 18:15 hrs – Germany vs. Russia
Germany cruised to an easy win against lowly Hungary yesterday while resting the starters most of the second half. The back-ups were still able to shine, like Fabian Wiede, who scored on six of his seven shots as a replacement for captain Steffen Weinhold. Russia, meanwhile, had to fight until the last second, even giving away the win shortly before the end. Coach Dimitri Torgavonov is still confident about how his team will do against Germany, but full of respect for a hungry and talented team. The deeper bench should be the key in a very close game.
Prediction: Germany by two.
24.01.16 – 20:30 hrs – Spain vs. Denmark
Spain against Denmark, a physical and strong team against a speedy and dynamic team, should be a classic to watch. Will the power of the South Europeans prevail or will the Scandinavians too fast to catch up with? Denmark is under pressure, because a defeat would force them to beat Germany on Wednesday, in case of a win the Danish would be allowed to lose. The main question for Spain: How fit is Arpad Sterbik and will he be able to play? For Denmark it’s once more all about Mikkel Hansen. There’s no questions left regarding him, so we put our money on the Red & White, although we still expect a nailbiter.
Prediction: Denmark by one.