A good, old-fashioned border battle between the two top sides in CONCACAF.
No, we are not referring to the United States and Mexico. El Tri is third in the table, barely able to beat 10-man Jamaica last time around.
Indeed, we are preparing for Canada vs USA, number 1 vs 2. Les Rouges top the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group and hope to defend their home ground in Hamilton, Ontario. Meanwhile, the United States headed north to continue the process of officially falling asleep because of its defeat in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The United States, with a tougher remaining schedule than both Mexico and Canada, needs the points most. However, both teams are in a great position in qualifying, and both will probably be happy to split the points. Supporters won’t think so, though, and both fan bases will be eager to win over their opponents.
How to View Canada vs USMNT
- Day: Sunday, January 30
- Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
- Channel: –
- Spanish TV: Telemundo, Universo
- Streaming online: fuboTV, Paramount + (subscribers only)
Sunday’s game between Canada and the United States from Tim Hortons Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario will be broadcast on Telemundo and Universo (Spanish) in the United States, and stream only on Paramount + (English) for subscribers. There will be a reduced audience of 12,000 for the match.
Expected lineups between Canada and USA
Outside of some potential minor rotations, Canada manager John Herdman is unlikely to change his usual lineup without Alphonso Davies, who was recovering from “mild” myocarditis caused by an episode with COVID-19. Influential Midfielder Stephen Eustaquio will eventually join the team shortly before the game after his COVID-19 quarantine in Portugal, but it is unclear if he will compete.
There will be changes in midfield with Samuel Piette injured his ankle in the win over Honduras. He will need to undergo a fitness test and substitute in the first half of the match, Liam Fraser, can start in his place, and Mark-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio can also find their way into the squad. Possible edits in the store on the following transition Cyle Larin failed to make a single shot against Honduras.
Canada’s expected starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): Borjan (GK) – Kennedy, Vitoria, Johnston – Adekugbe, Fraser, Hutchinson, Buchanan – Hoilett, Larin, David.
Had but didn’t have Gio Reyna (hamstring injury), America will be without a winger Tim Weah, who does not meet vaccine requirements to enter Canada. Manager Gregg Berhalter calls goalkeeper’s condition Zack Steffen daily due to reported incidents. Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest Both were lame at the end of El Salvador, and it remains to be seen whether the problems will be enough to hold them down.
Berhalter’s biggest question will be what to do with the U.S. assault, which is pounding El Salvador. Jesus Ferreira started as a striker but missed two great opportunities, and Ricardo Pepi can recover his position at the beginning of the attack. Christian Pulisic had a quiet match, and he could potentially be used as a super sub. No Weah, Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola or Brenden Aaronson can start. Miles Robinson surprisingly on the bench for El Salvador, but he can come in Chris Richards who sometimes looks shaky.
Expected US starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Turner (GK) – Dest, M. Robinson, Zimmerman, A. Robinson – McKennie, Adams, Musah – Pulisic, Pepi, Aaronson.
Select and Predict betting Canada vs. USMNT
Odds by DraftKings
The betting lines for this match show that no one – the bookie or the bettor – has any clue as to what will happen in this match. The money lines are almost uneven across the table, the spread is an option, the over/under odds are almost equal and both teams’ goalscoring odds are correct.
Bettors will have to look for holes in these lines harder. A draw between these two teams is a likely scenario, with Canada and the United States both creating few scoring opportunities against weaker teams on Thursday, although both looked solid defensively. . Canada secured a superb Jonathan David goal and an own goal in its stretch, while the United States barely skated thanks to a poor finish and a sporadic flow. Canada is without Alphonso Davies, while US star Christian Pulisic is struggling in form.
This game has considerable pre-match hype, but both teams are in good qualifying positions, and neither will want to give in one bit. A 0-0 or 1-1 draw seems like a likely outcome.
Pick: Draw and under 2.5 goals (+220)
Guess: Canada 0, United States 0
- Cash flow: Canada +180 / Draw +190 / US +170
- Spread (Asia Handicap): Canadian pick’em (-105) / American pick’em (-115)
- Total goals is O/U 2.5: Above +145 / Below -190
- Both teams scored: Yes +100 / No -130