Finland vs Canada Prediction & Betting Odds - IIHF 2019
May 07, 2019
Finland face off against Canada on Friday May 10 at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, in one of two opening games at the IIHF World Championship 2019.
Finland and Canada both travel to Slovakia among perhaps half-a-dozen teams who can claim to have realistic hopes of winning the IIHF World Championship this year.
Canada will be looking to win a 27th World Championship title, which would see them draw level with Russia / Soviet Union as the nation with the most world titles. Canada’s last won the World Championship in 2016 in Russia, when they coincidentally beat Finland 2-0 in the final.
Going into this year’s World Championship, Team Canada are one of the tournament favourites for gold alongside Russia and Sweden at odds of +275 with bet365.
Last year at the World Championships in Denmark, Canada were eliminated at the semifinal stage when they suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Switzerland. Finland were also eliminated from the tournament by Switzerland, to whom they also lost 3-2 at the quarter-final stage.
Finland have twice won the World Championship themselves. They were champions for the first time in 1995, then again in 2011 when they beat Sweden in the final which, coincidentally, was the last time the finals were held in Slovakia.
Finland vs Canada Betting Odds & Prediction
Finland and Canada also met in the group stage of the World Championship a year ago, with Finland winning 5-1. The Finland roster is arguably not as good this year though, with current Stanley Cup duty in the NHL looking to have had a negative impact.
Canada will be missing their World Championship 2018 captain Connor McDavid, who is absent as he recovers from a PCL injury suffered in the final game of the regular NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers.
Even so, with the likes of goaltender Matt Murray and the goal threat of John Tavares in the ranks, the Canadian roster looks stronger than a year ago.
Canada will be out to avenge last year’s loss to Finland and they look more than capable of doing so and are therefore our prediction to start with a win in this game.
Canada are the clear favourites on the Moneyline to win at odds of -357 with 888Sport, with Finland at +310 with bet365.
Pick: Money Line – Canada @ -357 (888Sport)