2021 Grey Cup Preview

The 108th edition of the Grey Cup takes center stage on Sunday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers go head-to-head with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Winnipeg are seeking their 12th Grey Cup title, but could have their work cut out against a Hamilton team that have home advantage.

As highlighted by a Betway study, the CFL's championship game is likely to be an action-packed affair if recent history is anything to go by.

With its wider field, extra receiver and unlimited movement before the snap, the CFL is often viewed as being more entertaining to watch than the NFL.

That point is perfectly highlighted by the points totals generated in the Grey Cup and Super Bowl over the past 25 years.

The CFL championship game has seen 1,312 points scored, easily surpassing the 1,201 points tally generated in the NFL equivalent.

The 2021 event marks the 10th time the modern-day incarnations of the two clubs have contested the Grey Cup having met in 1953, 1957-59, 1961-62, 1965, 1984, and 2019.

Winnipeg holds a 6-3 advantage from their previous meetings and they are favorites to enhance their record this weekend.

The Blue Bombers have won 11 of their previous 25 outings in the CFL championship game, including a 33-12 victory over the Tiger-Cats in 2019.

By contrast, the Tiger-Cats have an 8-13 record in the Grey Cup and have not lifted the trophy since defeating the Calgary Stampeders 32-21 in 1999.

They currently own the longest championship drought of any CFL team and will be desperate to end that run against the Blue Bombers.

The two sides met earlier in the campaign, with Winnipeg running out 19-6 winners on the opening weekend of the season.

The latest clash between the Blue Bombers and the Tiger-Cats will attract a bumper television audience, with around five million people expected to tune in.

In addition to the showpiece game, the Grey Cup half-time show is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in Canada's sporting calendar.
Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, Imagine Dragons, and Justin Bieber have all performed at the Grey Cup, highlighting its widespread appeal.

This year's headline act will be Arkells, widely recognized as the hardest working band in the Canadian music industry. Arkells will become the first homegrown act to headline their city's Grey Cup half-time time show -- a prestigious honor for the multi-platinum recording artists.

JUNO's reigning Group of the Year have bagged over 200 million streams from six albums, including their latest release Blink Once.

American folk-rock band The Lumineers will provide the main support for Arkells in a show that is packed with other attractions.

Grey Cup Week also features several fan events, including the CFL Awards, the Grey Cup Arrival delivered by Canada Drives and the Commissioner's Fan State of the League address.

The 2021 Grey Cup kicks-off at 6 PM (EST) on Sunday, December 12, at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. Live streams are available via TSN, ESPN+, BT Sports, and Yare TV.

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