The 2020 IIHF World Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the good news is the event is due to take place in 2021 and we are ready to bring you our Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship betting tips. The tournament is scheduled to take place between the 21st of May and 6th of June and Latvia have been confirmed as the sole host of the competition because the IIHF removed Belarus as a co-host for security reasons. The odds for the Ice Hockey World Cup 2021 winners are Russia (ROC) at 3.00.
1. 2021 Ice Hockey World Cup Preview
Looking ahead at who will be the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship winner and some fans may be confused as ROC seems like a new team. The reason why you may see ROC in the betting odds for IIHF 2021 World Championship is because Russia are competing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee as Russian athletes are prohibited from participating in the world championships and Olympic Games using the national flag of Russia. There will also be no national anthem for the Russian team.
Nonetheless, they remain the IIHF World Championship 2021 favourites and you can find out more about their chances plus where to watch Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship in our 2021 Ice Hockey World Cup tips and predictions article below.
2. IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup 2021 Favourites
As highlighted above, ROC are the IIHF World Championship 2021 favourites. When you look back at previous IIHF 2021 World Cup winners, you can see Russia are leading the way with 27 victories, making them the most successful nation in the history of the competition. Interestingly, you must go back to 2014 to find the last time Russia won the IIHF World Cup but they have picked up the bronze medal three times since then and a silver medal in 2015, so Russia are always reaching the latter stages of the tournament. Many IIHF World Championship 2021 predictions will have ROC as the favourites based purely on this information and the Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship odds agree.
The likes of Dmitri Orlov and forward Vladimir Tarasenko are playing for ROC in the event but there are doubts over the availability of some key players due to their participation in the NHL. So far the participation of Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, Dmitri Orlov and Vladimir Tarasenko has been confirmed.
With that in mind, we move on in our IIHF Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship preview to bring you another one of the most successful teams in the history of the competition, Canada.
The Canadians have won the event 26 times, with only Russia above them in the table. Canada won the 2015 and 2016 events plus came second in 2017 and 2019, so they know all about the latter stages of the World Championship. However, the Ice Hockey 2021 world champions odds at 1XBET do not mention Canada as one of the favourites to win the tournament. Although they have experienced NHL coach, Gerard Gallant, leading the team and he has a wealth of talent at his disposal, they have been losing all of their games in the competition so far. Among the players representing Canada this year are Adam Henrique, Connor Brown and Andrew Mangiapane.
Despite the high rank on the list of Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship odds, at the beginning of the tournament, Sweden has left the competition, losing with the ROC team.
3. Other Contenders for Ice Hockey 2021 World Championship
Now we move on to the next teams which fight for the title and we come to Finland. They won the competition in 2019 and at the time of writing, their odds are 7.00.
The Czech Republic finished fourth in 2019 and have a large pool of talented players from which to choose. They are always a competitive team. The United States, with odds of 6.00, have also chances of winning the tournament.
4. 2021 IIHF World Championship Live Streaming
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