Updated: Nov 14, 2022
A team that has only featured at the World Cup once before Qatar, Canada is in one of the strongest periods of their history and goes into the winter off an amazing run of form that saw them qualify at the top of their CONCACAF group.
Canada is now equipped with a quick and physical team and is led by a successful John Herdman, who also guided the men’s team to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Though they aren’t expected to escape their group, Canada will feel they have a good chance of causing some upsets if they can continue their impressive qualifying form that saw them beat Mexico and the United States.
Canada Team Odds To Win World Cup
Canada is one of the least fancied teams to win the World Cup in Qatar this year at 300/1 (+30000) due to their FIFA world ranking of 41.
Unfortunately for Canada, they are the lowest-rated team in Group F and are likely to struggle to get results from any of the teams, which also include Belgium, Morocco, and Croatia.
They are, however, arguably stronger than ever before so expect to see them fighting hard and they are a 11/4 (+275) chance to qualify out of their group.
To win Group F entirely they are currently priced at 10/1 (+1000).
They are 14/1 (+1400) – original odds: 9/1 (+900) – to go one step further and reach the quarter-finals.
How To Bet On The Canadian Team In Qatar
If you have decided to bet on Canada at the World Cup, it is important you understand the bets you are placing and make them at the correct time.
There is a large pool of options to choose from when betting on a football match, so it is vital to understand the different markets that are available and choose the right one.
This will ensure you have the best chance of placing a successful bet. We have compiled a list of popular bet types for you to consider when placing a bet on Canada at this year’s World Cup.
Player Prop Bets
Player prop bets focus on an individual player’s performance during a match.
An example of a player prop bet you could place during a Canada game is Cyle Larin to be the first goalscorer, score a hat-trick, or score at any time during the contest.
Team Prop Bets
Team prop bets are another common bet type and but instead of focusing on a specific player, they revolve around a whole team’s performance during a match.
For instance, during a Canada game, you could place a bet on them scoring over 3.5 goals or keeping a clean sheet.
An Asian handicap bet is one that gives a team a virtual handicap and as a result, brings the odds closer together.
The handicap effectively gives one team a head start, putting them ahead by a determined number of goals before the game has started.
This is common for punters looking to back a favourite but wanting to get a bigger price than those in the 90-minute market.
During a Canada match, if they were playing Morocco, they would be the likely underdogs so the handicap might be one and a half goals with Morocco on -1.5 goals and Canada on +1.5 goals.
The winning team would be the team that scores the most goals with the handicap applied. If Canada lost 1-0 but you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would still win the bet.
A goal lines bet allows you to bet on how many goals will be scored in a match.
During a Canada game against Belgium, you might predict a high number of goals given Belgium’s attacking prowess, so you could bet on there to be over 4.5 goals to be scored in total.
A totals bet is a bet that enables you to bet on over or under the predicted number of goals that will be scored in a match.
For a Canada versus Croatia match, a bookmaker could predict there to be a total of six goals being scored. It is then up to you to decide if you think more or fewer goals will be scored in the game.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Canada
Putting a bet on Canada at the World Cup is a relatively simple process.
There is the choice of walking instore to a bookmaker, but online sportsbooks are much easier these days and are more accessible to the majority.
Online betting also allows you to keep up with price shifts and game results in real-time as well as find good offers and promotions.
We have put together some easy-to-follow steps for when you are looking to place a bet online at the World Cup.
The first step would be to open an account with an online bookmaker. We recommend having a look around to see which sites offer you the best sign-up offers as these can be very useful.
Once you have registered and are decided on the bet you want to place, Cyle Larin to score first for Canada against Morocco as an example, you should add the bet to your online betting slip before double-checking and placing it.
Here are five easy steps to follow when you are ready to go:
- Choose the odds you want to bet on and add to your betting slip.
- Choose the amount of money you want to wager and fill in the figure in the appropriate area.
- If you need to add funds to your account, fill in the correct amount when prompted and hit deposit.
- You may already have the correct amount of money in your account. If you do, double-check your bet and the amount you are depositing and hit ‘place bet’ or the equivalent.
- It is important to remember to keep your eyes on your betting slip and the live updates throughout the fixture or the event, as odds change and there may be an option to ‘cash out’ depending on the bookmaker you have chosen.
Canada Team Overview For Qatar
Canada has struggled to qualify for the World Cup in recent years, only making one appearance at the tournament in their history for Mexico in 1986.
Since then, football in the country has grown significantly and the arrival of a talented English manager in John Herdman combined with the sport now taking the spot as the most played in the country sees the nation stocked with one of its best-ever squads.
Ranked inside the top 50, Canada would not have been favourites to automatically qualify from their World Cup qualifying group, let alone win it, which they did after victories in 14 of the 20 qualifiers they played.
Only losing two and scoring 54 goals, Canada is now a dangerous side and could threaten some of the best.
They defeated ninth-best in the world Mexico and drew their other game with them, as well as taking wins against the United States and Costa Rica. That is form that could see them cause an upset or two in 2022.
They are drawn in Group F in the World Cup and will come up against the world’s second-best side in Belgium as well as Morocco and Croatia.
They are the lowest-rated team in the group but go into the tournament with momentum and confidence after their fine qualifying showing.
Key Football Players
A team that is made up of players that play all over the world, Canada has a physical and athletic squad that comfortably dealt with almost all of the opposition they came up against in the qualifiers.
Some of the most prominent players play in some of the top European leagues including Cyle Larin, Jonathan David, and Alphonso Davies, who play for Club Brugge, Lille, and Bayern Munich respectively.
Canada is arguably strongest in defense and their goal is guarded by the highly-rated Alphonso Davies in the left-back position.
He is lightning quick, physical, great with the ball at his feet and has a thirst for goals, so expect to see him pop up if he is back to full fitness come November.
Strength also lies in the attacking positions with standout strikers Jonathan David and Cyle Larin making up a front two that will trouble many defences in Qatar. Between them, they scored 22 goals in their 20 qualifying fixtures.
Notable mentions are Scott Arfield, who made it to the Europa League final with Rangers last season, and Stephen Eustaquio, who helps run the midfield for Porto.
Canada were given a scare when Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies pulled up with a muscle injury when playing for the Bundesliga team, just two weeks before their tournament opener.
The Canadian fans will be praying he returns to full fitness by the time the tournament starts, given his talismanic status.
Canada’s veteran skipper Atiba Hutchinson will be desperate to play after suffering a bone bruise in pre-season, whilst goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is also a doubt with a tibia fracture.
Coaching & Technical Staff
One of the two English managers in Qatar, Canada’s John Herdman was originally a schoolteacher who taught PE in his hometown in County Durham when his techniques were noticed by a local team in Sunderland.
He worked hard as a youth coach and gradually climbed the ranks, taking a job as the head coach of the New Zealand women’s team, where he had a successful tenure, taking them to two World Cups and the 2008 Olympics.
He earned a move to Canada and was eventually put in charge of the women’s team where he earned bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
He took over as the men’s boss in 2018 and has since proved he can do it at the top level of football despite doubters in his early career who told him without playing experience at the top level, he would never make it.
It’s been a remarkable career to date and if Canada plays well, maybe he’ll return to coach a Premier League side soon.
Herdman is assisted by his assistant coach Mauro Biello.
Canada Team Road To Qatar
Canada had a lengthy run to the World Cup in Qatar with the revision to the CONCACAF qualifiers meaning the nation had to progress through three rounds of fixtures.
The difficulty of the CONCACAF process was that it saw them play 20 fixtures. However, they passed with flying colours. Canada won 14 and only lost two of their 20 matches.
To finish above both United States and Mexico in the top spot of the CONCACAF third-round qualifying group was no mean feat.
Canada scored more than any other team in that group with 23 goals and had the top two goal scorers of the CONCACAF qualifiers – Lille’s Jonathan David, who finished on nine goals, and Cyle Larin, who scored 13.
Canada’s World Cup History
Unlike most countries competing in Qatar, Canada doesn’t have a rich history of football as it is only in recent decades that the sport has taken off.
This World Cup, alongside the 1986 edition, are the only two that Canada has reached since the founding of the national team in 1924 – though as the co-hosts alongside Mexico and the United States they have already qualified for the 2026 World Cup.
To reach the World Cup in 1986, Canada had to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1985 which acted as a qualifier.
It is the only major trophy they have won alongside the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000, but with the rapid growth of football in the country, it might not be long to wait for the third one.
As the popularity of football itself grows in Canada, so does the passion within its fanbase.
For the majority of the 20th century, football was a second-tier sport in Canada, with the nation’s North American influence and colder climate leading to a population more focused on winter sports than those played in the USA.
The single qualification to the World Cup in 1986 didn’t do much in contributing to a bustling soccer scene.
But a recent resurgence in the quality of the national team, an English manager who is bringing a refreshed, modern style to the Canadian game, and increasing awareness have seen the fan and follower base of the game growing steadily as football becomes the most participated in sport in the country.