The 20th event of 2018/19 FIS Alpine World Cup season is ahead of us, where we will see men skiers competing in a Slalom event in Adelboden, which will be the 2nd race at the same venue after they finished the Giant Slalom race on 12th of January.
The Giant Slalom race at Adelboden in Switzerland is behind us and we saw Marcel Hirschler winning yet again, which was his 2nd win in a row and 8th win this season in all disciplines. With his win in Gian Slalom, Hirscher is now 238 points ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen in Giant Slalom standings and 365 points ahead of Kristoffersen in overall standings. In the Giant Slalom race, Hirscher finished with an overall time of 2:26.54, which was 0.71s faster than 2nd placed Henrik Kristoffersen and 3rd placed Thomas Fanara. This was his 8th win in Adelboden and 4th win in Giant Slalom on the Chuenisbärgli course. After the first run, Kristoffersen was leading 0.12s in front of Marcel Hirscher, while Alexis Pinturault was 3rd 0.18s behind the Norwegian. With small margins, it was all going to be decided in the 2nd run, where Hirscher shined and outperformed all other skiers. He managed to overcome the 0.12s deficit and even expanded his lead, setting the fastest time of the second run. Kristoffersen can be happy with yet another podium finish, despite the fact his runs were not perfect. Nonetheless, the 2nd place secured him the 2nd spot in Giant Slalom as well as in the overall standings. Thomas Fanara skied himself to the 3rd place as the oldest skier in the event (37 years). This was his 2nd podium after a 2nd place in Giant Slalom race in Alta Badia. He was 0.44s behind the leader in the first run but managed to put up an impressive 3rd fastest time in the second run which saw him deservingly climbing to the podium.
The upcoming race will be the 5th slalom event of the season. 3 out of the 4 Slalom races this season were won by Hirscher, while Daniel Yule won the Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio.
In the last race in Zagreb, Hirscher won with a 0.60s margin in front of Alexis Pinturault and 0.62s in front of Manuel Feller. Last season Hirscher won both Giant Slalom and Slalom events in Adelboden. In the Slalom race, he was 0.13s faster than 2nd placed Michael Matt and 0.16s faster than Henrik Kristoffersen.
The win in Zagreb marked his 30th World Cup Slalom win in his career which means Marcel Hirscher is ranked 3rd in all-time Slalom wins, behind Alberto Tomba (35) and Ingemar Stenmark (40). In the last 12 slalom races, Hirscher won 10, with the only 2 exceptions being the race in Kitzbühel in and Madonna di Campiglio. As for his performances in Adelboden, Hirscher won the Slalom race here 4 times (2012,2013,2014 and 2018). The record among men for the most slalom wins in a single ski resort is 5 and with a win on 13th of January, Hirscher could reach that record in Adelboden, which would mean he would tie with his own record held in Zagreb. As for podium finishes, Hirscher has achieved 9 in Slalom at Adelboden, which is as well a record among men which means a podium finish would set a new record, passing Ivica Kosetlic, who claimed 9 podiums in Wengen. What we expect from Hirscher is yet another great performance and a win in the Slalom event.
Henrik Kristoffersen has failed to finish on the podium in the last 2 slalom races in the World Cup. He had a streak of 11 consecutive slalom podium finishes, which came to an end in Madonna di Campiglio where he did not finish the race. In Adelboden, Kristoffersen won 2 slalom races (2016 and 2017). As for podium finishes, he has achieved 4 in Adelboden. 4 podium finishes in a single ski resort is his personal record, which he achieved also in Schladming, Wengen, Levi and Kranjska Gora. So a podium here would set his new personal record. As of now, he has 5th most Slalom wins among men (15) and is only 1 shy of reaching Marc Ghirardelli at the 4th all-time place.
Marco Schwarz has finished 2nd in Madonna di Campiglio and won the City event in Oslo on 1st of January, which was also his 1st World Cup win in his career. He has achieved a total of 4 podium finishes in his career, 3 of which in Slalom events. The last podium finish in the slalom, not counting the 2nd place in Madonna di Campiglio was on 14th February 2016, when he finished 3rd in Naeba. His best result in Adelboden was 7th place in Giant Slalom this season, while his best result in Slalom was 14th place last season.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Leader After 1st leg||Henrik Kristoffersen||/||6.00||1 Unit||Lost|
|Leader After 1st leg||Marco Schwarz||/||11.00||1 Unit||Won|
|H2H (Neureuther v Meillard)||Felix Neureuther||1.724||1.83||2 Units||Won|
|H2H (Ryding v Moelgg)||Manfred Moelgg||2.120||2.00||2 Units||Won|