A long-time tradition in Canadian football will be rekindled this weekend with the return of Labour Day Classic matchups. CFL fans were deprived of their annual Labour Day weekend football fix last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but should be in for a treat this time around. Four games are on the long weekend schedule. The action gets underway on Friday night, with the Montreal Alouettes visiting the Ottawa RedBlacks in a battle of East Division basement dwellers. Things get more interesting on Sunday, as the Grey Cup favourite Saskatchewan Roughriders play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a battle for the top of the West Division standings. A pair of long-time rivalries are revisited on Monday. The Toronto Argonauts aim to solidify their perch atop the East when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as betting underdogs, while late in the day, the slumping Calgary Stampeders host the Edmonton Elks as strong betting chalk.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends ahead of this season’s CFL Labour Day Classics. Sports bettors looking to get in on CFL football action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their football betting experience.
|CFL Week 5 Moneyline Odds|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||2.46||2.42|
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa RedBlacks
Two teams riding two-game losing streaks clash as the Montreal Alouettes visit the Ottawa RedBlacks on Friday night at TD Place Stadium. The Alouettes arrive in the nation’s capital as heavy 6.5-point road favourites on the CFL odds at Bet99 despite turning in a dismal performance in last week’s 27-10 home loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that dropped their record on the season to 1-2. The Als’ defence has particularly struggled during their early-season swoon, surrendering 55 total points over their two recent losses.
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— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) August 17, 2021
Montreal enjoys a golden opportunity to get their defence back on track against the RedBlacks, who have scored just 38 total points through their first three outings, capped by last weekend’s 24-12 loss to the visiting BC Lions. Ottawa’s offensive struggles are nothing new. The squad has topped 20 points on just five occasions in 21 regular season outings since the start of the 2019 season, and just once in their past nine home dates. Further complicating matters for the RedBlacks is their recent woeful performance against Montreal at home, where they have lost outright in three straight, and failed to cover in four straight. Expect that trend to continue this weekend.
The Picks: Alouettes -6.5 at Bet99; UNDER 43.0 (1.86) at FunBet
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The top of the standings in the West Division will be up for grabs on Sunday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as 3.5-point favourites on the CFL Week 5 odds at Betway. The Roughriders remained perfect with their 23-10 win over Ottawa in their last outing two weeks ago, and have averaged just under 29 points per game during their season-opening 3-0 SU run. Saskatchewan’s fast start extends their recent dominance on home turf at Mosaic Stadium, where they have won outright in 15 of 17 regular-season contests, including wins by double-digit margins in four of their past five.
Cody Fajardo keeps Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 3-0 start in perspective https://t.co/A1O0WqP8kr
— TheStarPhoenix.com (@TheStarPhoenix) August 25, 2021
However, the Riders face a tough test against the defending Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers, who have risen to the occasion during a tough early-season schedule, going 3-1 through the first four weeks of the season. The Bombers’ defence deserves the credit in each of the team’s three wins, surrendering just 32 total points, but were outclassed in their lone road date, a 30-23 loss in Toronto two weeks ago. The squad has also lost four straight in Saskatchewan, covering just once during that stretch.
The Picks: Roughriders -3.5 at Betway
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The East Division-leading Toronto Argonauts will be aiming to end an epic losing streak against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when they make the short trip to Tim Hortons Field for their Labour Day matchup as 2.5-point underdogs at Bet99. The Argos have dropped six straight to the archrival Ti-Cats, and are also winless in six straight Labour Day matchups in Hamilton since 2012.
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) August 30, 2021
Despite their recent success against Toronto, the Tiger-Cats are far from a lock to claim victory in their home opener on Monday afternoon. Touted as serious Grey Cup contenders prior to the opening of the campaign, the Ti-Cats mustered just 14 total points in season-opening losses in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, and are likely to struggle against an Argonauts squad that has won two of three while pegged as underdogs this season.
The Picks: Argonauts to win (2.55) at Sports Interaction
Edmonton Elks @ Calgary Stampeders
The Labour Day schedule closes out with a rekindling of the Battle of Alberta rivalry, as the Calgary Stampeders host the Edmonton Elks as 6-point chalk. With quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell on the shelf with a broken leg, it has been tough going for the Stampeders early on this season. Calgary has lost three of four to day, while averaging fewer than 20 points per game, including two outright defeats as home favourites.
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) August 31, 2021
Things have not gone much better for the moribund Elks, who have scored just one total touchdown after half-time while going 1-2 through their first three contests. The squad has also struggled with an outbreak of COVID-19 that forced the postponement of their Week 4 date with Toronto and threatens to leave them shorthanded for Monday’s contest.
The Picks: Stampeders -6 (1.90) at Funbet; UNDER 42.5 (1.90)