Unibet – The 76th Ice Hockey World Championship

The hardest men in sport take the stage…

“It is common knowledge that Ice hockey players can walk on water.”- Author Unknown

Unibet – The 76th Ice Hockey World Championship will ‘Face-off’ on the 4th May, as the people of Finland and Sweden welcome visitors from around the world as they co-host the tournament. There will be 64 games between 16 nations and the event will last for two weeks in front of an expected world record attendance of 650,000 spectators. This year Unibet are the only place that you want to come for your Ice Hockey betting, with a wide breadth of pre match markets, and a fantastic in play offering alongside our SuperToto and SuperScore coupons.

There is no doubt that this year’s edition of the World Championships is going to be a memorable and prestigious event with the superstars involved almost queuing to enter the ice this year – Malkin, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Chara to just name a few. Last year’s World Champions, Finland, are priced at 5.50 to win a second consecutive gold medal and even though it may not look like they have the strongest team on paper, they do have the advantage of playing all their games at home in Helsinki. Last year an amazing young talent named Mikael Granlund showed off some magic skills when he scored an amazing goal against Russia in the semi-final. Will the wizard Granlund top his game and give the audience in Helsinki an even better show this year?

Despite, being number 4 in the world, Canada are favourites to win at a price of 2.85. However they will playing without Pittsburgh Penguin’s star Sidney Crosby who has decided to stay at home to prepare for the NHL next season. The number 1 team in the world, Russia are second favourites for the title at 3.50. Between them these 2 teams have won 28 World Champions (Russia as part of the Soviet Union).

Sweden have a strong team on the ice, enhanced by several arrivals from the NHL and will be out for revenge after losing the final last year with the odds on Sweden to win at 4.25. An interesting outsider bet could be to put money on Slovakia, with odds of 30.00 to win the tournament and 5.50 to finish top 3, it appears as if it could be a handy value bet. The Slovakian team consists of a good mix of players from the top European leagues as well as the NHL and lead by the giant Zdeno Chara, captain of Boston Bruins, it looks like Slovakia may finally have the players to reach new success.

Erik Backlund, Head of Sportsbook Operations at Unibet thinks that Sweden are a good team to back, “They have home advantage and a really strong selection of players from both the European Leagues and the NHL. 33% of the market is backing them and that is a good percentage in a 16 horse race. I would stay well away from the USA however at 20.00, with the NHL still continuing during the tournament most of their top players are still involved in that”

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