Canada Aims to Remain Undefeated in World Cup Qualifying

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Canada is poised to nail down a spot in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying as they prepare to close out their first-round schedule. The action resumes on Saturday when Canada takes on Aruba, followed by their Group B finale against Suriname on Tuesday night. The Canadians return to action riding high after seizing firm control of first place on the Group B table with a crushing 11-0 victory over the Cayman Islands. With that win as a massively short 1.01 bet at 10Bet, Canada improved their win-draw-loss record to a perfect 3-0-0 and has set themselves apart from the rest of the group with a sparkling +15 goal differential.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at how Canada stacks up against the competition in their final two first-round clashes while providing sports bettors diving into World Cup qualifying action for the first time with all they need to know to get the best out of their soccer betting experience.

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Canada on a Roll in First Round Action

Canada enters Saturday night’s clash with Aruba at IMG Soccer Stadium in Bradenton, Florida as heavy favourites, and with good reason. The club is coming off the biggest win in the history of the program, and can all but wrap up top spot with another decisive victory over Aruba. The club opened their first-round schedule with a 5-1 rout of Bermuda, paying out as heavy chalk (1.02) at Intertops, and extending their current unbeaten streak against the Gombey Warriors to eight matches.

And in the wake of their historic demolition of the Cayman Islands, the question now facing sports bettors should not be whether Canada can extend their winning streak when they battle Aruba, but rather how large a margin of victory they should expect.

With a lineup sporting a large MLS contingent, Les Rouges are fielding arguably one of the most competitive teams in program history. Among the players making major contributions so far in first-round action is Toronto FC fullback Richie Laryea, Vancouver Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini, and Los Angeles FC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye. But while the trio has each contributed goals over the first two dates of the first round, it has been Cyle Larin that has emerged as the player to watch so far in this tournament.

Veteran Cyle Larin Making His Mark

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Larin quickly set the tone in Canada’s victory over Bermuda, potting a pair of goals in the first half-hour of that matchup, and snuffed out a Gombey Warriors rally after halftime with his third marker of the contest. Larin, who spent the past season as an attacker with Beşiktaş of the Turkish League, also stepped up in the club’s rout of Cayman Islands, once again contributing an early first-half goal. The 26-year-old has now scored 27 goals across all competitions this season, and 11 times over his past 19 appearances with Canada’s national team.

But with Canada’s offence clicking, contributions have come from up and down the lineup, with nine different players finding the back of the net through the first two matches. But while lesser-known players like Larin and Cavallini have enjoyed fast starts, it is Alphonso Davies that has commanded the spotlight in his World Cup qualifying debut. The winner of Bundesliga Rookie of the Year honours in his first campaign with Bayern Munich last year, Davies has made a steady transition to the international game, scoring four goals over his first appearances with Team Canada.

Canada Can’t Afford to Look Past Aruba

While Canada prepares to flex their considerable goalscoring muscle, they must avoid getting overconfident against an Aruba squad with nothing to lose. Already eliminated from second-round contention after falling to defeat in their first two Group B outings, the Seleccion Arubano received a much-needed shot in the arm with this week’s impressive 3-1 comeback victory over the Cayman Islands. With the win, Aruba snapped an 11-match winless streak that dated back to 2018, and like nothing better than to spoil Canada’s bid for a World Cup berth for the first time since 1986.

Indeed, anything short of a dominating victory over Aruba will add to the pressure on Canada when they close out their schedule against Suriname on Tuesday night. Like the Canadians, Suriname has enjoyed a fast start to their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying run. The A-Selektie have marched to decisive victories in their first two Group B outings, keeping clean sheets while scoring nine total goals in their wins over Aruba and Cayman Islands.

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Can Suriname Maintain Their Torrid Pace?

Winners in four straight outings across all competitions, Suriname will likely need to continue that trend in Friday’s clash with Bermuda if they are to have any chance of challenging for the top of the table. That is something easier said than done against Bermuda, who followed up their recent loss to Canada with a 5-1 beat down of Aruba, and kept things close in recent clashes with top-flight opponents. In addition to recent wins over Panama and Nicaragua, the Gombey Warriors forced Mexico to score in the 90th minute to earn a 2-1 win in 2019 CONCACAF Nations League action and held their own in a subsequent 2-0 loss to Jamaica.

Should Suriname manage to escape with a win over Bermuda, nothing short of a victory over Canada will be good enough. But with their defence limiting opponents to one or fewer goals in 15 of their past 18 outings, and in 15 straight home contests, look for Canada to maintain their smothering style in what promises to be a low-scoring affair.