Curling: Men's Olympics Games Odds and Predictions for 2018
Bet On Men's Curling At The Winter Olympics
Canada has dominated the men's curling competition, finishing in the top three in all five meets since the sport returned to the Olympic Games. Their record of three straight gold medals is of course the best in history, and they can assert their dominance with a fourth in Pyeongchang. The tournament begins on Wednesday, February 14th.
There are a few familiar nations in the men's draw this year, and also a few surprises. Switzerland and Norway have traditionally been the biggest threats to Canada's reign, having each won a gold medal and two minor medals since 1998. Interestingly it is Sweden who enter this meet as the second favourite; the Swedes finished with a bronze in Sochi in 2014. Great Britain will also be among the chances after their silver medal in the last Winter Olympics.
Sports Interaction has just one market available for the outright, and it is an each way bet. Your wager will consist of 4/5 win and 1/5 place (similar to horse racing).
For example, if you place $100 on Canada at -125 and they win, you will still get the full value of your bet ($180 return), however if they come second or third, you will end up with just $16.
Alternatively, if you place an each way bet on Switzerland at +1400 and they finish with a bronze medal, you will end up with $300. Successfully picking third place looks to offer the best value here, yet naturally that will be the toughest decision if Canada and Sweden reach the gold medal game as expected.
Here are the odds on offer from Sports Interaction:
- Canada -125 EW
- Sweden +225 EW
- Switzerland +1400 EW
- Great Britain +1600 EW
- Norway +1600 EW
- USA +2000 EW
- Korea +2500 EW
- Japan +2500 EW
- Denmark +3300 EW
- Italy +5000 EW
The Canadian team's success is not limited to the Olympics. Since the first Curling World Championships was held in 1959, the men have won 36 out of the 59 events held, including twelve of the first fourteen. Although Canada experienced somewhat of a drought in the 1970's, winning just three golds in that decade, they have won at least five in every decade since the 1960's. Incredibly, they have only missed out on a medal on seven occasions.
Canada are in form, having won the 2016 and 2017 events, although it is the Scandinavian nations that are putting up the biggest fight in recent times. Sweden and Norway shared the gold between 2013 and 2015, and it has been more than ten years since the last World Championships finished without a Nordic country in the medals.
This year's Canadian team is from The Glencoe Club in Calgary, Alberta and is led by Kevin Koe. His team that includes Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert and Scott Pfeifer won the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in a close match against the team from Fort Rouge CC, Winnipeg. It will be their first attempt at bringing home the gold for the nation, after they finished outside the playoff standings in 2013.
Kevin Koe's men do have a World Championship gold medal, having represented the country in 2016, and they will be very keen to capture a rare double if they win the event in Pyeongchang.
At -125, it's pretty hard to back against the reigning champions, and despite their favouritism you can get pretty good odds for them if you get in before the tournament starts.
The Top Contender - Sweden
Sweden are the clear second-best team in the tournament if the bookies are to be believed. They achieved the silver medal in Sochi, and have finished in the top three in six of the last seven World Championships. Their victories in 2013 and 2015 both came at the expense of Canada in the playoffs - first they beat them in the final, then they defeated them in the semis.
It was Niklas Edin who led the team to both of their triumphs, and he will once more be at the helm when this meet gets underway. We are bound to see Canada and Sweden face off in the playoffs, and we will get our first taste when Koe and Edin meet in the round robin stage on Saturday, February 17th. Lock in that date!
At +225, they are the only serious contender, and are a great bet if you don't like punting on the favourite. They have a great record and a lot more experience at the top level, so we could see an upset victory.
Other Betting Tips
While the outright tournament odds are your only futures market, you can certainly bet on the head to head results in every match in the round robin draw, plus of course the playoffs and finals. Canada won't offer too much value against the lower ranked opponents (they start at -2500 against the bottom-seeded Italians), although it might be worthwhile placing a cumulative bet.
Canada's pedigree makes them a decent chance of going through the tournament undefeated, so why not start with $10, and place a bet on each match. You would only end up with about $10.40 after their match against Italy, but then you can place the $10.40 on the next one and so on. If they pull it off, you will be in for some serious money, and it's a great way to keep interested!
We're certainly looking forward to another Canadian gold medal. Hopefully the boys can bring it home!
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