SC Bern (@2.4) vs Lulea HF (@2.4)
12-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Lulea HF will win

SC Bern – Lulea HF Match Prediction | 12-11-2019 13:45

The 2020 Champions Hockey League will start on August 29, 2019, and by the looks of it, Frolunda FC is going to be tough to beat. The Indians have won three out of the first five editions of the Champions Hockey League and are the reigning champions. Unless someone kicks them off the pedestal, Im not going to doubt this young and talented squad. Save for captain Joel Lundqvist who is 37 and David Printz who is 38, the current members of the team are aged 31 or younger meaning this dominant team is still good for a couple of more years of championship runs.

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The 2020 Champions Hockey League is the 6th season of the tournament and as it has been since 2018, there are 32 teams that will participate in the competition with 24 of the teams coming from the six founding leagues-Swedish Hockey League, Finnish Liiga, Swiss National League A, Czech Extraliga, German DEL and Austrian/international EBEL with berths earned via on-ice achievements. The 8 remaining spots are awarded to the champions from the Norwegian, Slovakian, French, Belarusian, Danish, British and Polish leagues plus the winners of the Continental Cup.

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Because no league was allowed more than five teams, the winner of the 201819 Champions Hockey League won a berth but at the expense of a place for their league. Out of the founding leagues Sweden and Switzerland were allocated 5 teams, Finland and Czech Republic 4 with Austria and Germany given 3. A total of 32 teams from 13 different European first-tier leagues are participating in the 201920 Champions Hockey League. There were 24 teams from the six founding leagues, as well as the national champions from Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, France, Belarus, Great Britain and Poland qualified.

In the top pot there will also be the reigning champions of the six founding leagues and the regular season winner of SHL. The 16 remaining teams from the founding leagues will be placed to pots 2 and 3. The fourth pot include the playoff champions from the seven challenge leagues and the Belfast Giants, the wild card team following the 201819 IIHF Continental Cup. The reigning CHL champions is the top seeded team and therefore given a place in pot 1.

And this year, on current form it might be German side Adler Mannheim or Swiss side EV Zug that can threaten the blue and gold dominance over the trophy. Swedish teams have competed in all five CHL finals winning four times. Both teams had strong group match phases and beat tough opposition at home (Djurgrden IF and HC Pilsen respectively).

They boast of never playing in a promotion/relegation qualifier since entering top flight in 1984. They won the Swedish title in 1996 but have not been able to replicate the same success since then. They finished second to Farjestads BK in the SHL regular season and were lost to Frolunda FC in the semifinals. Lulea HF also plays for the Swedish Hockey League.

One place was awarded to the champion of the 201819 Champions Hockey League as well as a wild card spot selected by the board. 32 teams are competing in the tournament, and qualification was on sporting merits only. The 201920 Champions Hockey League is the sixth season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament. The six founding leagues are represented by between three and five teams (based on a three-year league ranking), while seven "challenge leagues" are represented by one team each.

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In each round except the final, the teams will play two games and the aggregate score will decide which team advances. If aggregate score is tied, a sudden death overtime will follow. If the overtime is scoreless, the team who wins the shoot out competition advances. As a rule, the first leg will be hosted by the team who has the inferior record in the tournament with the second leg being played on the home ice of the other team.

Each team will play its groupmates twice-one at home and one away for a total of six games per team. The final will be played on home ice of the team with the better tournament record. The top two teams per group will advance to the Round of 16. The 8 group winners will play the 8-second-place finishers and the pairings are drawn randomly. If both teams fail to score during the overtime period, a shootout will decide the winner. If the aggregate is tied, sudden death overtime will decide the winner. Starting the Round of 16 and except in the final, the pairs will play two games against each other with the aggregate score deciding which team advances.