In what’s arguably probably the most fascinating matchup within the Oct. 7 slate of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, regional powers Mexico will host upstarts Canada on the Estadio Azteca. In previous years, there could be little doubt that El Tri would win. That’s not the case this time.
Throughout 2021, Canada has proven that it has been remodeled underneath supervisor John Herdman who has infused it with perception that advancing to its first World Cup since 1986 is an actual risk. It helps to have a era of gamers which might be starring in Europe, starting with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and LOSC Lille’s Jonathan David. Canada and Mexico enter the match as No. 1 (Mexico) and No. 2 (Canada) within the World Cup qualifying standings. The prime three groups earn direct berths to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Unfortunately for Canada, it’s getting a Mexico workforce that’s buoyed by the return of a few of its most essential personalities. Raul Jimenez is again within the fold after almost a yr out with a cranium fracture and he’s reportedly wanting good in coaching. Chucky Lozano additionally returns after a prolonged spell on the sidelines following an equally horrific harm suffered towards Trinidad & Tobago within the Gold Cup. And then there’s Mexico supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino who’s again to work after lacking September’s matches with cornea surgical procedure.
Martino famous how he’s been finding out Canada’s matches towards the USA (a narrow 1-0 loss at the Gold Cup and a 1-1 draw in September) and towards his personal Mexican facet within the CONCACAF Gold Cup semis. In that occasion, El Tri wanted a controversial purpose within the ninth minute of stoppage time to get by a Canadian workforce that performed with persona and gave all of it it may deal with.
“We took a big message in the Gold Cup in Houston with 75,000 Mexicans cheering their team on,” Herdman informed media in his pregame press convention. “When we play, it will be no backward step. We want to keep stepping forward. This group of men are ready and, I think, really excited just to express themselves in this coliseum [Estadio Azteca].”
And that’s in the end what Canada is hoping to perform on this match: Three factors would clearly be good, however extra importantly, they need one other constructive displaying that proves to the remainder of the groups within the area, together with Mexico, that it’s an actual contender for one of many World Cup berths and not the pushover it as soon as was. The Canadians have already got Martino on alert: In his pregame presser he highlighted Canada’s velocity, and particularly Davies, stating how his “abilities can appear [in a game] no matter how guarded you might be.”
How to look at Mexico vs. Canada in USA
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+
The match will probably be broadcast within the USA by Univision and TUDN in Spanish. Both channels can be found to stream on fuboTV with a free 7-day trial obtainable to new customers. It will probably be obtainable in English on CBS streaming platform Paramount+.
The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will probably be at 75 % capability for the match, the best cap permitted post-pandemic.
Mexico vs. Canada lineups
Tata Martino has choices, particularly on the ahead positions. We’ll see if he opts to area the attacking trident that has produced prior to now now that Wolves ahead Raul Jimenez is again wholesome and scoring within the English Premier League.
Mexico projected beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK — Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez — Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Luis Romo — Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, Raul Jimenez, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Mexico projected subs: Rodolfo Cota-GK, Jonathan Orozco-GK, Alfredo Talavera-GK, Hector Moreno, Johan Vasquez, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Sebastian Cordova, Andres Guardado, Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez, Jonathan Dos Santos, Orbelin Pineda, Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna, Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin
Herdman confirmed that Atiba Hutchinson, Cyle Larin and Lucas Cavallini have nonetheless not recovered from knocks and can miss the journey to Mexico. While Herdman remains to be hopeful he may get the trio again in some unspecified time in the future to play on this October window, Canada will certainly be with out beginning goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who’s nonetheless recovering from COVID-19.
Junior Hoilett and David Wotherspoon additionally didn’t journey with the Canadian workforce to Mexico as a consequence of strict UK quarantine necessities for vacationers to Mexico City that may have kicked in upon their return to their Britain-based golf equipment. Scott Kennedy was not known as up as a consequence of harm.
Canada projected beginning lineup (3-5-2, left to proper): Maxime Crepeau-GK — Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Alistair Johnston — Samuel Adekugbe, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Stephen Eustaquio, Jonathan Osorio, Richie Laryea — Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David
Canada projected subs: James Pantemis-GK, Dayne St. Clair-GK, Derek Cornelius, Doneil Henry, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Liam Fraser, Samuel Piette, Charles-Andreas Brym, Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Jacob Shaffelburg
Mexico vs. Canada: Betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: Canada +1 Asian Handicap (-125)
This is a special Canada facet, and so long as Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Stephen Eustaquio are on the market, Les Rouges are able to scoring — and even successful — regardless of what historical past says (three wins in 36 all-time conferences and by no means in Mexico).
For these feeling additional daring, there are many daring wagering alternatives: Canada double probability (i.e. win or tie at +145) or the Canada double probability parlayed with the over 1.5 complete objectives (+245). But we’ll play it safer with a suggestion of the Canada +1 Asian Handicap at -125 and shrinking by the hour: If Canada loses by a purpose it qualifies as a push. A Canada draw or victory and also you’re a winner.
Prediction: Mexico 1, Canada 1
- Moneyline: Mexico -190 / Draw +290 / Canada +500
- Spread: Mexico -0.5 (-190) / Canada +0.5 (+140)
- O/U 2.5 complete objectives: Over +110 / Under -140
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +115 / No -155