Ice Hockey Betting: World Championship Friday Tips

Finland 2.65 Draw 4.20 Canada 2.20

Group A's heavyweights collide today with the aim of getting ahead in the race for top spot. Finland have looked the more cohesive outfit so far and boast a 4-0 record whilst Canada's tournament has been blotted by an overtime loss to the USA. They regrouped to an extent with a win over Switzerland on Wednesday but it was another unconvincing performance from the Canadians.

Despite the odds, I think Finland are favourites here even before you consider the factor of home support, which will be very vocal indeed.

Russia 2.55 Draw 4.25 Sweden 2.25

Another much anticipated game takes place as the top two in the Stockholm group also face-off. Both have won all of their four games to this point so have a place in the quarter finals almost locked up but just as above this game could determine who avoids the tougher opponent in the last eight, which looks to be the USA at this point.

Sweden have been untroubled so far and their credentials to win have been solidified, they were particularly impressive in the way they turned over the Czech Republic by a 4-1 scoreline. Russia haven't faced one of the high profile nations yet in the competition, the edge is with the hosts here who have also had an extra day's rest.

Italy 20.00 Draw 14.50 Czech Republic 1.05

Italy's win over Denmark was huge for their chances of beating the drop down to the second tier. That said it'll be tough for them to get anything here judging from the way they've lost their other games by a 3 goal or larger margin.

The Czech Republic will simply have too much for the Italians as they can't afford an unlikely slip up.