In the annual event of the Finnish ice hockey cup the teams of four nations compete as part of the Euro Hockey Tour. This year it will be held between the 5th and 8th of November. In the Karjala Cup 2020 betting predictions the home team is the favorite, let’s see the odds for all participants.
The Karjala Cup started in 1992, under the name of Sauna Cup. It got its current name in 1996 after the main sponsor of the tournament. Only four nations take part in this event, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The Cup is also a part of the Euro Hockey Tour where the same four countries compete all year long. It is a good opportunity for all nations to prepare for next year’s world championship or other big events like the Olympics. The Czech Republic won last season’s Karjala Cup but this time the home team is the favorite to get the trophy.
Karjala Cup 2020 betting predictions favor Finland to win
Online sportsbooks in Finland offer the smallest odds, 2.50 for the victory of the local team. The Finnish ice hockey team is one of the best in the world, they won the world championship last year for the third time. They also got two silver medals from the 1988 and 2006 Olympics beside a silver from the 2004 World Cup. The team has players like Kaapo Kakko, who plays in the NHL just like several of his teammates. But the team work made this squad a winner which could defeat Canada in the final of the 2019 World Championship.
Their strongest rival can be the Russian team according to the Karjala Cup 2020 betting predictions. Russia has achieved fantastic results in the past, winning five world championship titles since the dissolution of the USSR. They also won the Olympic Games in 2018 as a neutral team representing Russian athletes. Top players are part of the team like Nikita Kucherov who is playing in the Stanley Cup final with Tampa Bay Lightning right now. Or Alexander Ovechkin, who is a real legend of the sport. Russia alo won this tournament seven times before, no wonder their odds to win again is 3.50.
The chances of the two remaining teams
Swedish ice hockey also belongs to the top of the sport. The country has 11 world championships and 2 Olympic titles, but in the most recent events they only finished in 5th place. The team was fourth in last year’s Karjala Cup, and they are not favored to win this season either. Unlike one of the Best Swedish clubs, Frolunda HC which is the defending champion of the Champions Hockey League. In the national team all members play abroad in the NHL or in the Kontinental Hockey League. Online gambling sites in Finland offer the odds of 4.00 for a Swedish victory in the cup.
While last year’s winner, the Czech Republic is only ranked fourth this time with the odds of 6.00. Despite the country’s big successes like six world championships titles and one Olympic gold, the team hasn’t won any medals in any big event since 2012. But in their squad we also find top class players, like Jakub Voracek who plays at Philadelphia Flyers and Michaek Frolik who plays for Buffalo Sabres.