This is a match between representations without big ambitions on the championship. Belarus and Latvia are expressed favorites at this year's championship, while all the other teams just can hope for occasional victories. Japan is one of the weaker selections. Almost all their players are from Kanto University Ice Hockey League, a collegial ice hockey competition held among universities of the Kanto region of Japan, one from Kansai University Ice Hockey League and only one from a professional ice hockey team. Left-handed forward Mitamura Kouhei is player of Oji Eagles, a member of Asia League Ice Hockey. This team is one of the best in that league (winner three years ago, and participant in the last two semi-finals), but Mitamura Kouhei has been their member from this year.
Italian selection have players almost all from Italian Serie A league. Although they are young players in this league they have a chance to play alongside American, Canadian and Russian players. Some of them are members of the Swiss and German clubs, but of course without much experience. However, they have the opportunity to develop traininig alongside the more experienced, international, players. There is no doubt that it gives them an advantage over Japanese players. But, for @1.55 I would not risk with a victory of Italy. Regardless of the lower league in which they play, Japanese selection can perform strong resistance and might make a surprise. Also, I believe that we will wait long for the first goal, because both teams are not hockey nations, we cannot see fast hockey and it will be a match with small number of goals, probably under 5.5.
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