CFL Playoff Betting Picks: Ticats, Riders Favoured in Semi-Final Clashes

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CFL Playoff Betting Picks: Ticats, Riders Favoured in Semi-Final Clashes

The 2021 CFL playoffs get underway this weekend with a pair of semi-final contests. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look to book a third straight appearance in the East Division final when they host the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday afternoon as 4.5-point favourites on the CFL odds at Sports Interaction. Later on Sunday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders aim to snap a three-game SU losing streak in playoff action as they host the surging Calgary Stampeders as 1.5-point favourites.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the CFL playoffs get into full swing. Sports bettors looking to get in on CFL action for the first time can check out our sportsbook guides and free betting tools to learn all they need to know about where to place your best Canadian Football League bets.

CFL Playoff OddsSports Interaction
Montreal Alouettes+4.5 (1.91)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats-4.5 (1.91)
Calgary Stampeders+1.5 (1.91)
Saskatchewan Roughriders-1.5 (1.91)

Montreal Alouettes vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Sunday, November 28, 1:00 pm ET
Tim Hortons Field

2021 Records
Alouettes: 7-7-0 SU – 14 points; 7-7-0 ATS (3rd, East Division)
Tiger-Cats: 8-6-0 SU – 16 points; 8-5-1 ATS (2nd, East Division)

Alouettes vs Tiger-Cats Betting Trends

Sunday afternoon’s matchup will mark the third meeting of the season between these long-time East Division rivals. Both teams tallied road wins during the season series, capped by the Alouettes’ 23-20 victory at Tim Hortons Field back on October 20. However, it is the Tiger-Cats who have held the upper hand in head-to-head clashes with Montreal, claiming SU victories in nine of their past 14 regular-season clashes.

More importantly, Hamilton has dispatched the Als in each of their past six playoff matchups, capped by a 40-24 home win in the 2014 East Final. Not surprisingly, the TiCats have also dominated at the sportsbooks when facing Montreal, covering in four of their past five playoff dates. Low scoring has been commonplace when these two teams meet in the playoffs, with the UNDER prevailing in each of their past four November clashes in Hamilton. That trend continued in their two meetings this season.

News & Notes

The Alouettes will be searching for their first postseason win since 2014 on Sunday afternoon. Montreal has played just one playoff game over that stretch, a 37-29 loss to Edmonton in the 2019 East semi-final. Overall, Montreal has plenty of work to do to reverse a worrisome late-season swoon. Since returning to the playoff picture with four straight October wins, the Als have lost three of four, capped by a 19-18 loss to Ottawa last weekend that assured the TiCats of a home-field advantage this weekend.

Conversely, the Tiger-Cats have turned the corner on a two-game SU slide in October, closing out their schedule on a 4-1 SU run, capped by a lopsided 24-3 win over Saskatchewan last weekend. Hamilton has powered its resurgence with stingy defence. The Tiger-Cats has limited opponents to 18 or fewer points in three of their four recent wins. They have also been a force on home turf, where they compiled a 5-2-0 SU record this season, and have outscored opponents by an 82-24 overall margin during a three-game SU and ATS win streak.

Best Bets: Tiger-Cats -4.5 (1.91)

Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Sunday, November 28, 4:30 pm ET
Mosaic Stadium

2021 Records
Stampeders: 8-6-0 SU – 16 points; 9-5-0 ATS (3rd, West Division)
Roughriders: 9-5-0 SU -18 points; 6-8-0 ATS (2nd, West Division)

Stampeders vs Roughriders Betting Trends

Sunday’s matchup at Mosaic Stadium marks the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams and their first playoff clash since the 2013 West Final. The Stampeders held the edge in this year’s season series, claiming SU and ATS wins in two of their three dates with Saskatchewan but came out on the wrong end of a 20-17 decision last time they battled the Stamps, back on October 23.

This season’s head-to-head meetings tended to be low scoring, with the total topping 40 just once. Accordingly, the UNDER paid out in all three contests, and in nine of their past 13 regular-season matchups. That trend also extends to recent playoff clashes between these rivals, with the UNDER going 4-1-1 over their past six. And despite their shaky playoff track record against Calgary, the Riders have averaged 32.5 points per game over their past two November dates with the Stampeders.

News & Notes

Listed as longshots on the Grey Cup betting picks as the regular season drew to a close, the Stampeders wrapped up their schedule on a red-hot 6-1 SU and ATS run, capped by a narrow 13-12 win over Winnipeg as 4-point road underdogs. The defence has been key to the Stamps’ second-half surge. The team has limited opponents to just 16.3 points per game during their current seven-game surge and to just 17.4 points per game overall on the road.

Already locked into a second-place finish in the West Division standings, the Roughriders had nothing to play for in a 24-3 schedule-ending loss last weekend in Hamilton. The defeat came on the heels of four straight wins. But while Saskatchewan powered that surge with lockdown defence, it failed to produce dividends for sports bettors who have now seen the Riders fail to cover in three straight outings.

Best Bets: Stampeders SU win (2.03)