Canada entered the tournament as the defending champions and have won their first three games in a comfortable manner. Germany will play their fourth game against Canada as the underdog in the betting tip on Thursday. It will not be an easy one as they have lost their first two games against France and Finland, beating Slovakia 5-1 to keep their mathematical chance of reaching the playoff round alive.
Germany are behind their expectations – outsiders in the betting tip
The team is not considered to be as elite as Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden or the United States, but they are ranked 8th in the world by the IIHF. Germany have never won an international tournament and their most recent medal was bronze in the 1976 Olympic Winter Games. They finished in 4th place at the 2010 IIHF World Championship and the target for 2016 is to reach the quarterfinals, a feat that Germany can achieve by winning their remaining games. However, Germany have lost their first two Group B games which has made Marco Sturm’s job extremely tough. Germany needed a win against France in their first match but the main time of the match ended in a 2-2 draw (1-0, 1-2, 0-0) and neither scored in overtime. The shootout was then won by the French thanks to a winning penalty shot by Damien Fleury. Their second game was against Finland and Germany coach Marco Sturm identified himself as Finland-fan before the tournament began. Finland’s superiority over Germany were evident and they clearly defeated them 5-1 (2-0, 2-1, 1-0). After a convincing 5-1 victory over Slovakia in their first group game, Germany kept their hopes alive and will look to make a stronger showing against title defenders Canada. The last time they played each other was in the group stages of the 2015 tournament, with the Canadians winning 10-0. It remains to be seen, if Germany can show an improvement in performance as they have five NHL players in their squad: Draisatil, Rieder, Seidenberg, Ehrhoff and Goc.
Canada are the current’s world no. one – over-betting strategy could be a good one in the betting tip
Canada have been one of the leading national ice hockey teams in international play. They are 25-time IIHF World Champions and winner of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Canada is a member of the so-called “Big Six”, the unofficial group of the six strongest men’s ice hockey nations, along with the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States. They are the odds-on favourites to win the title and have won their first three games in an impressive fashion, beating the United States, Hungary and Belarus. The Canadians currently sit in first place in Group B and anything but another win against Germany would be a big surprise. The current world’s no. one have also won the Olympic Games and are the best team of the world. Canada and their NHL stars have already scored 20 goals and conceded only two, which is an impressive record. The odds speak a clear language and Germany would need a “miracle” to win against them.
Betting tip for Germany versus Canada
Germany are the clear outsiders with odds ranging from 8.00 to 26.00. An odds comparison is recommended as Sturm’s team have a wide spread of odds and an overwhelming value profit of over 40%. The Canadians are heavily favoured to beat Germany with odds between 1.02 and 1.10. An over-betting strategy could be a good one in the betting tip. If Canada win with a goal difference of at least +6, the bookmakers are willing to pay odds of up to 1.47. Their last meeting was disastrous for Germany as the Canadians rolled to a 10-0 victory. A draw in the main time of the match will pay out odds between 6.00 and 23.00. Our betting tip: We and many others expect a clear Canadian victory as they are superior to the German team and the hottest candidates to win the trophy in 2016. We also think that it is going to be a clear victory with a goal difference of more than 6 goals at best odds of 1.47.