Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics is one of the best sports to bet on.
The action is fast, free-flowing and an awful lot of fun! In-Play betting on Ice Hockey is a great way even for newcomers to the sport to get to know the intricacies of it.
For Ice Hockey reads a lot like football or field hockey, where the aim is to simply score more than the opposition. It means 1X2 (win/draw/lose) bets are easy to place and keep track of.
But what are the best bets for the Winter Olympics this year? South Korea hosts the Ice Hockey and it’s set to be a close encounter between the favourites for gold.
Here are some simple tips for betting on Ice Hockey.
Ice Hockey Betting — keep it simple
If you’re new to Ice Hockey then it’s worth considering pre-match bets as a starting point. Check the odds at Unibet’s award winning sportsbook while also using our stats hub to work out who is most likely to win (or lose, if that’s what you’re going for!).
Remember, there are no draws in Ice Hockey betting at the Winter Olympics. It’s a straight 1/2 (win/lose) situation.
Some bets to consider are:
Match bets — these are when you bet on a team to win or lose. So, far example, Canada start their group stage with a game against Switzerland. It’s probably worth backing Canada at 1/4 to win this one!
Result bets — The odds for result bets in Ice Hockey are usually far greater than match bets. That’s because you’re also betting on the final score. Norway lost 3-1 in two of their three group games in 2014, scoring exactly one goal each time. Maybe they will lose to the same score against Sweden in their first match here.
Goals bets — You can bet on the number of goals you think will or will not be scored in each game. For example, 2014 men’s gold medalists Canada won by two or more goals in three of their six games, so it’s maybe worth backing them to score +1.5 goals when they take to the ice!
Winter Olympics Ice Hockey betting
Looking at the Winter Olympics this year, Ice Hockey betting on the medals is likely to see Russia take at least one from the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Russia (or OAR as they are known for this Olympics) are the 33/20 favourites to win men’s gold on the ice. They are dominant in Europe and, with the USA not sending a strong team due to an NHL boycott, this is surely Russia’s for the taking.
However, Sweden (3/1) and Canada (4/1) are also worth considering. These sides met in the 2014 final, as then-hosts Russia were dumped out by Finland 3-1 in the quarters. Canada won gold and come up against Czech Republic, Switzerland and hosts South Korea in Group A this year. They should win the group easily and then process to the semi-finals at least.
The same can be said for defeated semi-finalists Sweden. They have a tougher group alongside Norway, Finland and Germany but the Swedes will still expect to reach the semi-finals as a bare minimum.