Finland vs Canada. Which of the opponents will be the first in group A?

On the final day of the group stage of the Youth Ice Hockey World Championship, the fate of the first place in Group A will be determined. In the face-to-face match, the national teams of Finland and Canada should find out. Group A favorites will meet on August 16 in Edmonton.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Finland vs Canada


Finnish hockey is progressing by leaps and bounds, it is not for nothing that the national team of this particular country currently occupies the first place in the IIHF ranking. The Finnish youth does not lag behind their older comrades. In the last eight World Championships among youth teams, the Finnish team took gold three times and once became a bronze medalist. The Finns won the third place a year ago, at a tournament in the same Edmonton. The stumbling block for the Scandinavian team was the American team, which outplayed the Finns in the semifinals with a score of 4-3. In the fight for bronze, the Finns turned out to be stronger than the Russian hockey players, winning a convincing victory with a score of 4-1.

The Finns have traditionally brought a fairly strong line-up to the current championship, most of which have serious experience of playing at the adult level. Therefore, the results of the opening matches are quite expected. In the debut game in this championship, the Finns easily dealt with the Latvians, beating the Baltic national team with a score of 6-1. Certain difficulties for the Finnish hockey players arose in the second match of the championship, when the Czech national team was in rivals. Yielding during the match 0-2, the Finns were able to level the score, thereby moving the game into overtime. As a result, the fate of the match was decided in a shootout, where luck was on the side of the Finnish team.


If the Finns lead the world ranking at the level of adult teams, then in youth hockey the palm belongs to the Canadian team. In the last five championships, four finals were held with the participation of the Canadian team. The founders of hockey are the most titled team at the youth level, having 18 gold medals. The more offensive last year's misfire in the finals of the home tournament, when the Canadians with a dry score 0-2 lost to their American peers in the fight for gold.

Now the Canadians are determined to take revenge for last year's defeat in the final, fortunately, there is every reason for this. The Maple Leaves brings together the stars of college hockey in North America, most of which are already on the pencil of the NHL clubs. In the opening game of the championship, the Canadians confidently dealt with the Latvian team, winning with a score of 5-2. Already in the next game against the Slovaks, the Canadians demonstrated the full power of their own attack, throwing 11 goals into the opponent's goal, while conceding only one to their own. The hero of the match was the forward of the first link Mason McTavish, who scored four goals and gave two assists.

Finland vs Canada


At last year's World Championship, these opponents were also in the same group, and on the final day of the group stage, they played for the first place among themselves. There was no special struggle, the Canadians were noticeably stronger, winning in the end with a score of 4-1. A similar trend can be traced at a distance, in the last ten matches, the Canadian youth were stronger seven times, while the Finns won only three matches.

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In betting quotes, everything is quite predictable, the Canadian team is the favorite not only of the upcoming match, but of the entire tournament as a whole. The odds for the victory of the Canadians in the main time of the match are 1.73, while the option with the victory of the Finnish hockey players is presented by the bookmaker with a coefficient of 3.95. It is impossible to exclude the option with a draw after the end of regular time, for a similar result, 1xbet bookmaker gives a coefficient of 4.4. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

In the upcoming match, two rivals will meet, adhering to a diametrically opposite game style. If the Finns traditionally focus on the defensive game, I prefer to act as a “second number”, then the Canadians play on their own, in a super-attacking manner. Canadians, with the support of native stands, must open the Finnish defensive redoubts, which are still far from ideal in this tournament. Our prediction is that Canada will win in regular time with odds of 1.73.

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