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Olympic Ice-hockey final, will USA or Canada take the gold in Vancouver tonight?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Vancouver Olympic logoBattle of the battle, oh yes. I hoped for this dream final and now we will get a great ending of this tournament with the two outstanding teams fighting it out. USA have impressed me a lot so far and if they can stop Canada scoring during their expected, initial blitz in the first period, they can win this. But at the end I bet on Canada to win. They have home soil and their attacking power will be decisive at the end.


My betting tips: Canada win, Over 5.5 goals


Who do you think will win, USA or Canada? Take the facebook poll here and check out the results before you place your bet.


Expekt.com pays back all bets on Swedish ice hockey gold after loss to Slovakia

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Vancouver Olympic logoExpekt.com has decided to pay back all stakes on Sweden as gold winners in the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament. We took the decision after reigning champions Sweden lost in the quarter-finals against Slovakia, we felt that the Swedes had so high hopes on Peter Forsberg and his team mates, and we wanted to cheer them up at least a bit.


Sweden was favorites against Slovakia but lost 3-4 on Thursday morning, and while the Slovakian’s cheered the ice hockey fanatic Swede’s mourned. Sweden where third hand favorite in the tournament at 7.00 times the money and had backing to win and to reach at least semi-final. Now we will pay back all stakes on Sweden as gold winners in the tournament, and hopefully ease some pain among the Swedes.


Sweden-Slovakia Olympic ice-hockey competition, can you predict the score?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Official Winter Olympic games logo Vancouver 2010Thursday morning at 06.00 Am CET Sweden is up against Slovakia in the last quarter-final of the Olympic hockey-games. Sweden beat Finland in the last game and Slovakia managed to win over Norway after 2-2 full time. How will this match end?


Mr. Hockey Niklas Wikegård thinks the Slovakians are going to be tired after last nights game and backs Sweden, what do you think?


If you have the answer, post the score as a comment together with which team you think will have the first 2 minute penalty and you can win €15  to your Expekt.com account. Competition is open to 06.00 Am Thursday morning (25/02/10). Good luck!


Olympic ice-hockey betting tips from Niklas “Mr. Hockey” Wikegård

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Official Winter Olympic games logo Vancouver 2010There is eight teams left in the tournament and I expect four thrilling quarter-finals with Canada-Russia as the big one during the next hours. While I am at it I have taken out my own All Star team so far in the tournament: Goalkeepers: Ryan Miller, USA/Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden: I can not pick just one. Lundqvist has a clean sheet so far, and Miller has been brilliant. Defenders: Brian Rafalski, USA, Niclas Lidstöm, Sweden: two great defenders with allround capacity. Forwards: Jarome Iginla, Canada: five goals so far and really hot. Nicklas Bäckström, Sweden: great hands and clever in every move. Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, Norway: yes, I think he has been just amazing to watch in his team. Coach: Ralph Kruger, Switzerland: without doubt the coach that has maximized his team most – and Switzerland has been the most entertaining side to watch in the tournament.


Here are my tips in the quarter-finals:


USA – Switzerland

Tips: 1 Odds: 1.15 / Tips: Under 5.5 goals Odds: 1.72


Switzerland is the most entertaining side to watch in the tournament so far and I am very impressed by the coaching from Ralph Krueger. USA beat the Swiss 3-1 in the group phase and I expect something similar in this match. USA has some great match-winners in Kessler, Malone and Parize and that will be decisive together with Miller in goal.


Russia – Canada Tips: X Odds: 4.25


This will be a proper thriller, and I am not so convinced about the status of Canada so far. Their collective team work is not on top; it is like building a house without a proper foundation. Their box-play is so and so, and Nidermayer and Pronger do not look good at all in defense. Also, the San José line with Joe Thornton is not producing as expected. I foresee a draw at full-time and a Canada wins after penalties. The backing of the home crowd will lead Canada to the semi-final, but it will be extremely tight.


Finland – Czech Republic Tips: 2 Odds: 2.40


Finland has high hopes to reach the semis, but I think that the Czechs will win this match. I have a feeling that Finland’s older players will not have the edge against the shrewd players from Czech Republic where both Jagr and Elias looks really solid. And I don’t buy that Finland let Sweden win in their last group phase match. Finland simply weren’t up for it and I think that they would have preferred Slovakia instead of Czech Republic if they could choose.


Sweden – Slovakia Tips: 1 Odds: 1.70 / Tips: Under 5.5 goals Odds: 1.69


Slovakia has an interesting side with some forwards of the highest class, but I can not see them beat Sweden. I think that the Swedish machine, disciplined and organized, will overcome the artistic flair that we see in Slovakia. Under 5.5 goals is probably the best bet of them all in the quarter-finals.


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Mr. Hockey talks to Jacques Lemaire in Vancouver

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Our own Niklas “Mr. Hockey” Wikegård meets with the legendary Jacques Lemaire during the winter Olympic games in Vancouver. Hear Jacques view on how the favourites to win, Canada, could lose a point to Switzerland.



Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong will try and beat the hill in slalom as the Snowleopard

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

As kids, some of us probably dreamt the Olympic dream. While probably all of us let the dream slip away, some made it come true. Back in 1988, the Jamaican bobsled team hit the headlines when they crashed and walked the sled to the finishing line. It was a miracle that the team, consisting of army personnel with a sprinter background, even made it to Calgary. The Jamaicans didn’t stop with one Olympic attempt. In Lillehammer 1994, they were back and stunned the experts with a 14th place ahead of USA, Russia and France.


Many of us know the story behind the team from the motion picture Cool Runnings with John Candy when he was in his prime comedian mood. If you haven’t seen it, please do. When we talk about these kinds of Olympic legends, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is of course the enigma of them all. He also hit the stage in 1988 – a great year for cool, Olympic madness that!


- When he gripped the world with his foggy glasses and short jumps. But Eddie didn’t mind; he got fame, some sponsors and was indeed the first ever Brit competing in the Olympic ski-jump.


In the search for some new wonders, I logged onto Vancouver2010.com. I picked the “Athletes” tab and clicked on Bahamas. No matches. Madagascar. No matches. Tonga. Same answer. But Pakistan? Yes, here we go. Muhammad Abbas will try it out in giant slalom. And from Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong will try and beat the hill in slalom as the Snowleopard. So now you know who to cheer on after the medals is handed out. As Coubertin once put it; the important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.



Winter Olympic classics, Ski-jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Who can forget the 1988 winter Olympic games in Calgary starring Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards jumping 79m. Eddie was the first ski-jumper from the Great Britian to qualify for the Olympics.


Edwards had to cross the Atlantic to practice while working as plasterer back home in the UK. Being self-funded wasn’t Edwards only obstacle, he was also short-sighted forcing him to wear thing glasses when competing, which was a problem when they fogged up and blocked his vision completely.



Olympic games Vancouver 2010, Is it time for Norway to cheer when Bjorndalen wins?

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Sunday action in Vancouver. Is it time for Norway to cheer when Bjorndalen wins? We have 5 extra betting markets on today’s Womens Ice-hockey between Sweden-Swtzerland. Hear Max Filkin’s inside view on today’s games.