Outrights for the 2018 Women's Volleyball World Championship
Canada's women's volleyball team will take place in the 2018 world championships, to be held in Japan from September 29th. This event is held every four years and remains the pinnacle of the sport. For that reason, there is a stack of interest and plenty of betting opportunities to take advantage of.
Here you'll find all the top betting tips and odds for the tournament, and we let you know which nation is most likely to lift the trophy on October 20th.
2018 Volleyball Women's World Championship Outright Odds
This year's tournament will be comprised of 24 teams, split into four groups of six. Hosts Japan lead Pool A, while top seeds China, the USA and Serbia head Pools B, C and D respectively.
The top four teams from each pool will advance to the second round, which features two groups of eight teams. From there, the top three teams in each group progress to the third round, and the top four from this round will compete in the finals.
This all means that the best team is no certainty of winning the tournament, as it can all come down to form in the latter stages. That brings a number of teams into contention, and the odds you'll receive from some of the unseeded teams (including Canada) are quite high, so there's a massive opportunity to win big.
The Top Seeds
China enter the tournament as the top seed after winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, while USA are the defending champions for this event and start as the number two seed.
The Americans enter the tournament as the favourite in terms of betting - starting at odds of +275 at the top betting sites, while China are +366. Third seed Serbia, who were silver-medallists in Rio, are slightly ahead of China in terms of betting odds, starting at +300.
The other big chance according to the leading online sports betting companies is Brazil, who were impressive in their home Olympic Games. They are the only other team that are available for less than +1200.
In all honesty, one of these four sides should end up with the gold medal at this meet. There is a gulf in class between these sides and the chasing pack, and it would be very surprising to see one of these teams miss out on the third round or even the final four.
We like the Americans to go back to back - they are a class above most opponents - and should be too good for their closest rivals.
Italy have impressed in recent years, and start this tournament at odds of +1250 to claim the title. They may be paired with number-one seed China, although it's not too much of a concern considering the top four progress from the first round.
The same can be said for the final seeded teams, Russia and the Netherlands. At odds of +1400 and +1533 respectively, they are a genuine chance of causing an upset. The Netherlands are particularly good value considering how close they were to defeating the Chinese in the Rio semi-finals.
Japan reached the quarter-finals in 2016, and also finished in the top ten in 2014. Home sides tend to do better in their home event - Italy made the semi-finals in their home event in 2014 - so there is a good chance the Japanese will ride the support of their home crowds and reach the latter stages of the tournament.
You could certainly have a punt on the host, and the +4000 on offer is a huge incentive, however we don't think the winner will come from outside the top four seeds.
Canada have now qualified for 9 of the 14 FIVB Volleyball tournaments, although their chances of making an impression in 2018 look to be slim. They start the tournament at odds of +66600, and it will be likely be deemed a successful campaign if they are able to match their efforts in the 70's and 80's by finishing in the top 12.
Get behind the girls, just don't spend too much money on them to win the tournament.
As 24 become 16 after the first round, you will have an opportunity to see each of the big guns play a handful of games before the tournament starts to get really serious. There will also be time to scope out the matches between the seeded teams - each of the top eight teams will play one other seed in the opening round.
What we're getting at here is that you don't have to jump the gun to get a great price on the best teams. The odds on offer at the start of the tournament will vary only slightly when compared to those expected at the end of round 1, so our advice is to bide your time and wait for more information.
Research is the key to any betting, and the format of this tournament allows you to have your cake and eat it too. Use this opportunity wisely.
You'll also be presented with a chance to bet on each individual match - stay tuned to CSB for more information.