Russia and Canada will be amongst the favourites to win the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championships, but could any of the other 14 teams involved cause a surprise? Check out this WettenTips preview for betting tips and predictions!
2021 IIHF World Championship Preview
With the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championships set to take place in Latvia over the course of a two-week period, there will be many sports betting fans who are looking at what might happen on the ice rink as the best national ice hockey teams compete.
The 2021 ice hockey world championship competition will see a host of teams compete, with some of the best players also featuring, thus putting on a top spectacle in a competition that Finland won in 2019.
2021 Ice Hockey World Championship Schedule
The competition has been split into two groups of eight teams, with the 2021 IIHF World Championship beginning on Friday 21st May and concluding with the final on Sunday 6th June.
The group matches will take place from the 21st and run until the 1st of June before the playoffs recommence on the 3rd after a day of rest. The playoffs, which feature a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final will then take place over the first week of June which we’ll be posting about with great betting tips.
2021 Ice Hockey World Championship Groups
This is how the 2021 IIHF World Championship Groups have been set (with their world ranking in brackets):
Group A Of The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2021
- Russia (2)
- Sweden (4)
- Czech Republic (5)
- Switzerland (8)
- Slovakia (9)
- Denmark (12)
- Belarus (13)
- Great Britain (19)
Group B Of The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2021
- Canada (1)
- Finland (3)
- United States (6)
- Germany (7)
- Latvia (10)
- Norway (11)
- Italy (15)
- Kazakhstan (16)
Ice Hockey World Championship 2021 Tournament Format
There are a total of 64 matches scheduled to take place in the Ice Hockey World Championships, with each team playing each of the other teams in their group on one occasion. The top four from each group will then head to the 2021 IIHF World Championships playoffs, with the other four having been eliminated from the competition.
This means eight teams will compete in a knockout round that features a one-game elimination format until they reach the final.
2021 Ice Hockey World Championship Betting Tips
The 2021 tournament provides bettors a number of different opportunities to profit with our predictions, as there are a number of games to be played throughout the season and multiple outrights on offer that can be wagered on.
These outrights include the likes of Best Goaltender, Best Defenceman, Best Forwards and the MVP – an award that is traditionally voted on by the media.
Indeed, there are a number of 2021 ice hockey world championship betting tips and predictions that our WettenTips team want to share, including an ice hockey prediction about the potential outright winner.
2021 Ice Hockey World Championship Predictions
With the way the seeding system adopted works, it would not be a surprise if both Russia and Canada were to meet in the final. The two countries have won the most competitions between them (27 and 26 respectively), and both will have to be regarded as favourites.
One 2021 ice hockey world championship betting tips that our WettenTips team have is that they feel Russia should be backed, as the 2021 edition of the tournament is played in Latvia, which neighbours the country and was a part of the Soviet Union, therefore a potential home advantage feel may play a significant role.
Of course, Finland also has an excellent opportunity to retain the Ice Hockey World Championship they won in 2019, as they showed everyone that they did not require countrymen playing in the NHL at the time. Therefore, one of the best ice hockey betting tips around is to consider backing Finland to win.
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