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Canada vs. Russia 2010 Olympic Hockey Betting Tips

We’re just over an hour way from the puck dropping in one of the most anticipated international hockey games in quite some time.

After a poor start to the competition, host country Canada face a must-win match against Alexander Ovechkin’s team Russian.

Team Canada are trading as the favourites with a price of around 2.15 to win the match in 60 minutes. The Russians are listed at about 2.9 to get the result in their favour. A draw, which would see us head to overtime, can be backed at a 5.0 price.

In terms of the outright money-line for Canada vs. Russia, you’re looking at 1.74 for Canada while Russia are trading at 2.3. This bet includes extra time and penalties. The punters don’t see a huge amount between the two teams in terms of goals scored, so opting for the outright market as opposed to the 60 minute market may prove to be a wise choice.

It’s unlikely we’ll see either team run away with this one early, so it may stay very close into the final minutes.

Canada are trading as the odds-on favourites to score the first goal with a price of 1.82 while Russia can be backed at 2.1. Russia on a (+0.5) handicap are listed at 1.79 while (+1.5) they are at 1.42 and at (+2.5) you’ll be looking at a 1.22 payday.

The over/under for the 1st period is listed at 1.5 with the over paying 1.81 and the under listed at 2.12. This could be one of those matches that takes a while to get going so a scoreless 1st period wouldn’t exactly be a shock, although, on the opposite hand, both teams could come out all-guns-blazing and try to make an early statement.

This one is going to be decided by Canada’s goalscorers. Roberto Luongo can do his job and is expected to have a good game. The Russians have a lot of offensive firepower, and they’ll likely score 2 or 3 goals. Canada simply needs to score more and take their chances properly and I think they’ll be able to get the job done here.

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