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United States vs Latvia Preview & Picks – Latvia To Cover As Ice Hockey World Championship Underdog

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28 May 2023
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Leigh Copson 28 May 2023
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  • United States vs Latvia tips for Sunday, May 28
  • Matchup gets underway at 08:20 ET at Nokia Arena
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  • Head To Head
  • United States Form
  • Latvia Form

United States vs Latvia Preview & Picks

Latvia are tipped to cover as a betting underdog in the third place play-off.

They will come into this game as the more motivated team and are likely to run the USA close.

  • Latvia have covered +1.5 in 7 of their 9 games so far
  • The United States lost the third-place play-off a year ago
  • The Over has cashed in 3 of Latvia’s last 4 games
  • The last 2 third-place play-off games produced over 5.5 total goals

United States vs Latvia Live Stream Available Now

You can watch United States vs Latvia live in the IIHF World Championships (08:20 ET).

Ice Hockey World Championship games are being live streamed by bookmakers bet365 and Stake.

Head To Head

  • United States lead the series 9-1 since 2005
  • United States won 4-1 when the teams last met in May 2022

United States Form

The United States have lost just one game at this tournament, but it proved to be a costly one.

The Americans negotiated the group stage of the competition in flawless fashion as they won all seven of their games.

They opened with a 4-1 victory over defending champions Finland, and followed that up with a 7-1 blowout of Hungary, followed by a 3-2 victory over Germany.

The USA then downed Austria 4-1, before beating Denmark 3-0, France 9-0 and Sweden 4-3 in overtime to advance to the quarter-finals.

There the beat the Czech Republic 3-0 to advance, but the Americans crashed out in the semi-finals as they lost 4-3 in overtime to Germany.

Latvia Form

Latvia have won six of their nine games, with their third defeat ending their hopes of winning the tournament.

The Latvians made a miserable start as they were shutout in a 6-0 loss to Latvia, before losing 2-1 to Slovakia.

They got hot after that though, following up a 4-3 overtime victory against the Czech Republic with a 2-1 win over Norway, a 3-2 success against Slovenia and a 7-0 demolition of Kazakhstan.

Latvia then pulled off their biggest win of the group stage in their finale outing, upsetting Switzerland 4-3 in overtime.

They followed that up with a 3-1 win against Sweden in the quarter-finals, but their campaign came to an end in the semi-finals as they were again beaten by Canada, this time 4-2.

Verdict

The United States could come into this with a hangover from a semi-final upset defeat.

A year ago they failed to lift themselves in the third-place play-off, and we may see similar scenes here.

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