What do the tournament odds look like?
The World Cup is an exciting time for bettors as well. Betting starts before the tournament and bets are placed on the final winner. Many punters check hockey World Cup odds in good time to find overrated teams or support their favorite team. Finland has been so successful in recent years that betting on them produces relatively low odds. The Finnish team has remained consistently strong, stable coaching and the home tournament naturally inspire Finnish players to succeed.
There is excitement in the World Cup for those who have already bet on the winner. The odds vary during the tournament, but it’s interesting to watch the competition while remembering your own bets.
Can any country surprise?
Finland, Sweden, Canada and the United States are once again the biggest favorites this year. Russia is not allowed to participate, but is there a country that could surprise and take everything this year? Slovakia, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany are possible competitors.
Slovakia and the Czech Republic were very strong hockey nations ten years ago, but both have been waiting for a revival. That resurgence may have started last year, when both countries raised their profile and defeated major hockey nations. They can offer bettors better odds as many still don’t believe these countries can win the entire tournament.
Switzerland and Germany are now also very strong “on paper”. Switzerland has long been successful at the World Youth Championships, and it was only a matter of time before the success would translate to the adult level. Switzerland has already reached the final, but the main prize is out of reach. Could 2023 be their harvest year? Betting in Switzerland offers interesting opportunities. Germany is also a potential medal contender, offering attractive odds for bettors.
What to watch out for?
Ice hockey’s popularity as a betting destination is strong in Finland, and betting heats up during the World Cup. One of the most important factors to consider is team rosters. Injuries or illnesses of key players can significantly affect the team’s performance and cause surprising results. Goalkeepers, who are the most important players on the ice, have a huge impact on both the team’s confidence and success.
Another important factor in hockey betting is the venue. The home team often has an advantage and a better chance of winning. In prestigious tournaments, such as the World Cup, home field advantage can be a decisive factor in a team’s success, and Tampere is guaranteed to be full and noisy this year.
The experience and tactics of the team’s coaches are also important factors in betting. A good coach knows how to choose the right game strategy and make the necessary changes during the game, which leads to the victory of his team. Noble has already guided Finland to four gold medals, so Finnish coaching does not give ground to other countries. The tournament again offers top entertainment and the home games create a unique atmosphere.
Source: The Nordic Page