2018 Field Hockey World Cup – Can Canada Upset Favorites?

2018 Field Hockey World Cup – Can Canada Upset Favorites?

Canada qualified for the 2018 Men's Field Hockey World Cup with a solid performance at the hockey world league competition, which included a shocking win over India's highly-touted crew. Most sports betting sites list Canada as longshots to make an impact against favorites like Australia, a team with two consecutive world cup titles. The quest for a best-ever world cup result for Canadian men begins on November 28th in Bhubaneswar, India.

Betting Tips

Field Hockey World Cup Group Stage

Group C

  • Belgium +450
  • India +550
  • Canada +8000
  • South Africa +30000

Canada finds themselves in the same group as Belgium, who are considered the best European competitors at the World Cup. The Red Lions have enjoyed a run of international success over the past decade, including a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a 2nd place finish at the Euro championships in 2013 and a tournament win at the Champions Challenge competition in 2011.

Unfortunately for the Canadians, the division also includes India. Typically, the host nation earns an automatic entry into the tournament, but India paved their own way into the competition by winning the Asian Cup in 2017 and the Asian Champions Trophy in 2018.

An historical powerhouse of the sport, India were undefeated in six consecutive Olympics, a winning streak spanning between 1928 to 1960.

An historical powerhouse of the sport, India were undefeated in six consecutive Olympics, a winning streak spanning between 1928 to 1960

India and Belgium will provide an immense challenge for the Canadian squad, which makes an impeding matchup against the South African team absolutely vital to qualify for the knockout rounds of the event. South Africa has dominated African field hockey, including eight consecutive Africa Cups, but this club hasn’t performed well internationally.

Canada kicks off their tournament against Belgium and finishes the group stage with a matchup against the Indian squad. Between these powerhouse matchups, the Canadians will meet with South Africa, which will be a must-win game if Canada wants to advance. Fortunately for Canada, they should be strong favorites over the Africans on December 2nd, even if South Africa already defeated Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Canada’s men team has performed well in North American tournaments, earning gold or silver at Pan American competitions. In terms of international competition, the Canadian men’s team recently peaked with a second-place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge tournament. Canada will attempt to rise above their previous best result at the Hockey World Cup, when they finished in eighth place during 1998.

Belgium vs Canada Odds

Moneyline

Belgium -1111 :: Canada +1400 :: Tie +1050

Canada To Beat Belgium Odds
+1400

Spread

Belgium -3.5 +105

Canada +3.5 -147

Over/Under Totals

Over 5.5 +100

Under 5.5 -139

Canada’s first game will be against Belgium on November 28th at Kalinga Stadium. Odds will be stacked heavily against the Canadian men, who aren’t considered among the top tier of field hockey nations. In fact, Canada isn’t even considered a dark horse to potentially challenge the best in the world.

Canada will lean heavily on star midfielder Sukhi Panesar, who rounded into his prime just in time for solid results at the Pan American Games and Cup. James Kirkpatrick, Matt Sarmento and youngster Jamie Wallace will be relied upon to produce pressure on the opposing goal, while Antoni Kindler and Dave Carter will be tasked with defending Canada’s net.

A win would be a remarkable upset, but any loss that remains under the 3.5 goal handicap should be considered a positive result for Canada.

2018 Men’s Field Hockey World Cup Futures

Australia’s won two consecutive world cups, including the 2010 tournament in New Delhi. This comfort playing away from home will help the Aussies overcome India in the finals for their third consecutive championship.

  • Australia +300
  • Belgium +450
  • Argentina +450
  • Holland +500
  • India +550
  • Germany +550
  • England +1200
  • Spain +1800
  • New Zealand +2500
  • Ireland +6600
  • Canada +8000
  • Malaysia +10000
  • Pakistan +10000
  • France +20000
  • South Africa +30000
  • China +50000

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