The World Juniors are set to begin in UFA, Russia on boxing day and this years tournament has a little bit of extra excitement behind it because of the NHL caliber players that will be participating from some of the favorites. The biggest name in the tourney will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who already had a successful season in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers last year. This is just one of many players who likely wouldn’t be in Russia this year if the NHL lockout wasn’t taking place.
Gold Medal Winner Odds
Bet365.com is our recommended bookie for betting on the gold medal winner. Here are the odds:
- Canada +150
- Russia +225
- Sweden +375
- USA +450
- Finland +650
- Czech Republic +3500
After those top 6 countries, the other four really don’t have a shot.
Canada has the most star studded lineup, but that doesn’t always translate into wins at the World Juniors. These stars will need to come together along with strong goaltending for Canada to claim their first gold in 4 years. The USA are looking to bounce back after a poor showing last year and they will have a strong team, as will the Finns who have some top prospects on the team. Russia is lead by Nail Yakupov and should be a force to be reckoned with, while Sweden is missing some of their experienced players from last year and they aren’t really expected to be gold medal threats.
Betting On 2013 World Junior Games
Bet365.com will also have betting lines available for every individual game at the 2013 World Juniors. If you are from outside of the United States then I would definitely sign up at Bet365.com to wager on this tourney. Americans will find betting lines at Bovada.lv.
Each game will have moneyline and spread bets available because the skill level does vary quite a bit between countries at the World Juniors.
How To Bet
As mentioned before you should visit Bet365.com and set up an account to bet on this tourney. Then you will find the Gold Medal winner odds by clicking on ‘hockey’ and then ‘to win outright’ under the IIHF U20 World Championship 2012/13.
You will also find the individual game odds for each game throughout the tournament at both Bet365 and Bovada.lv.