Canada vs Czech Republic. Will the hosts of the tournament take another step towards gold medals?

The first semi-final match of the Youth Ice Hockey World Championship will be held on August 19 in Edmonton, on the ice of the local Rogers Place arena. The hosts of the tournament, the Canadian team, will examine Czech peers.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Canada vs Czech Republic


Maple leaves still fully justify the status of the main favorites of the tournament, given to them by hockey experts long before the start of the championship. A misfire in last year's final only adds to the courage of the young Canadian stars, who are determined to take home championship gold. Fortunately, last year's offenders, the US team, has already left the current championship, sensationally losing to the Czech team in the quarterfinals with a score of 4-2.

Canadians have so far avoided such gaming incidents, having won five victories in five matches so far. Having taken first place in group A, the Canadians in the quarterfinals fell into the fourth team of group B - the Swiss team lacking stars from the sky. There was no special struggle, the Canadians were noticeably stronger than their opponent, eventually winning a landslide victory with a score of 6-3. Having scored six goals in this match, the Canadians further strengthened their leadership in the championship in terms of performance. Now the Canadian youth team has 33 abandoned goals, that is, on average, the team scores more than six goals per match.

Czech Republic

The Czech team is still the main sensation of the championship, unexpectedly knocking out the current champion, the US team, from the fight for gold medals. There were no special prerequisites for this. Czech hockey at all levels is going through hard times, having not entered the prizes at major international tournaments for a long time. The Czech youth team last got on the podium in 2005, taking bronze at the World Championships held in the USA.

The Czechs also started the current championship not in the best way, having already suffered three defeats in four matches at the group stage. And if the failures in the matches against the powerful teams of Canada and Finland were largely expected, then the 2-5 defeat from the Latvian team was an unpleasant surprise for the Czech fans. The only victory over the Slovaks 5-4 allowed the Czechs to get into the playoffs from fourth place, where they were waiting for American hockey players who had not lost a single match in the tournament at that time. Having conceded first, the Czechs did not fall apart, having managed to win a strong-willed victory with a score of 4-2.

Canada vs Czech Republic


If you rely on statistics, then the Czech team has practically no chance in the fight against the Canadians. Over the past 15 years, only once the Czechs were able to outplay the North American squad, putting the squeeze on the Canadians in the post-match shootout at the 2013 championship. The remaining 10 matches in this time period were dictated by the Canadians, who scored 10 victories in them, including in the group stage of the current championship with a score of 5-1. The goal difference is impressive - 59:17 in favor of the Canadians, which once again speaks of the advantage of the Maple Leaves in this confrontation.

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The unexpected victory of the Czechs over the Americans did not affect the opinion of the bookmaker, the chances for a second sensation in a row are minimal, which is eloquently indicated by the quotes for the outcome of the match: the victory of the Canadian team is 1.21, while the possible success of the Czech team is offered with a coefficient of 11. The option with a draw in the main time can be taken for 8.6. Also, specialists from 1xbet expect high performance from the match, the odds for Total over (5.5) - 1.36, Total under (5.5) - 3.2. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Czech hockey players have already jumped above their heads, unexpectedly knocking out the reigning World Champions from the fight. At the same time, it is not necessary to expect that the Czechs will bet on the stream of victory over the favorites, the overall level of the team is quite average, which has already been proven by the results of the group stage. The Canadians are much stronger, and if there is no underestimation of the opponent, then everything should end with a major victory for the hosts. Our prediction is the victory of the Canadian team with a handicap (-2.5) with a coefficient of 1.64.

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