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IIHF World Championship Betting

Now that the Christmas season has finally come around to close out this tumultuous year, many ice hockey fans finally have some international action to enjoy. The holiday season means the IIHF World Championships will be unfolding and you can count on this year’s tournament to offer up an exciting series of wagering opportunities for the betting public. 

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The two groups have been drawn and the schedule gets underway on Christmas day with Slovakia and Switzerland being the first big face-off. 

You’ll note many of the usual suspects are trading at short prices to win the tournament and punters will find that Canada is considered to be the outright favourite to emerge as the victors. The tournament is being held in Edmonton, Alberta but no fans will be present so it will be interesting to see how this affects or negates the idea of home ice advantage for the Canadian side. 

A few NHL teams have not allowed their younger players to get involved with this tournament so that’s going to affect the odds for a number of different sides here. 

At the time of this writing, you’ll find the Canadians trading as the outright favourites with a best price of around 9/4 with several top bookmakers going even lower at an 8/5 listing. The Russians are available prior to the tournament at a solid price of around 11/4 and they are always able to muster up a solid performance. Many of their players will be in-form right now because they are right in the middle of the season in Europe. 

The United States offer up an attractive price to win the IIHF World Championships with a full 4/1 listing prior to the tournament. They might look really good on an each-way wager to make the final since you’ll still be looking at 2/1 odds. 

Other notable sides in the IIHF World Championships include Sweden at 8/1 and Finland at 11/1. The odds then take a big jump with the Czech Republic at 33/1 while Switzerland and Germany sit at 50/1. Slovakia trades at 75/1 while the longest shot on the board is Austria at 500/1. 


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