Soccer Best Bets: Canada Poised to Clinch World Cup Berth

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Soccer Best Bets: Canada Poised to Clinch World Cup Berth

Canada can clinch their first berth in the FIFA World Cup since 1986 with a win on Thursday when they visit Costa Rica as strong 2.19 favourites on the international soccer odds at Sports Interaction. Canada has powered to the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying octagonal table by going undefeated in each of their 11 matches to date. Currently lagging in fifth place on the table, one point back of Panama in the battle for a berth in the Intercontinental Play-Off, Costa Rica lags as distant 3.26 underdogs in Thursday’s matchup at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

CanadianBettingSites has got you covered with all the odds and trends as Canada continues their march towards a berth in the 2022 World Cup. Sports bettors looking to get in on international soccer action for the first time can check out guide to the best online sportsbook reviews to learn all they need to know about soccer betting in Canada.

CONCACAF World Cup QualifyingBet99Sports Interaction
Costa Rica3.103.26

Canada Poised for Historic Breakthrough

Team Canada has emerged as a legitimate World Cup contender during this round of qualifying. The Canadians sport a sparkling 7-4-0 win-draw-loss record and are in sole possession of first place on the table, four points up on both Mexico and United States.

More importantly, the Canadians have proven that their current run is not a fluke by showing steady improvement as this round of qualifying has worked on. The squad currently rides a six-match win streak during which they have surrendered just two total goals, and have outscored opponents by a massive 19-5 margin through their first 11 outings.

Injuries Remain a Concern

Now sitting just one point shy of clinching a trip to Qatar later this year for the 2022 World Cup, Canada faces some injury woes as they get set for what promises to be a historical clash with the Ticos. Alphonso Davies remains sidelined as he attempts to get over a case of mild myocarditis that also kept him out of the squad’s recent victories over the United States and El Salvador.

The club is also missing veteran midfielder Sam Piette, who is still dealing with an ankle injury suffered during the last World Cup qualifying window, as well as David Wotherspoon, who remains sidelined indefinitely while he recovers from a serious knee injury.



With both Canada and Costa Rica playing stingy defence of late look for goals to come at a premium when they meet on Thursday night



Ticos Rebound from Slow Start

Things have not gone so well for Costa Rica in their bid to make a third straight World Cup appearance. The Ticos stumbled out of the gate, posting just one win in their first seven matches in CONCACAF octagonal action. However, they have steadied the ship since dropping a narrow 1-0 decision to Canada when they visited Edmonton in mid-November.

The squad has racked up a 3-1-0 record over their past four qualifying matchesΒ and kept clean sheets over their past three contests. Indeed, despite sporting a middling 4-4-3 overall record, the Ticos have remained a defensive force, and trail only Canada with just seven total goals allowed so far in this round of qualifying.

However, the Ticos still have plenty of work to do if they are to climb back into contention for a World Cup berth with a win on Thursday night. That starts with overcoming their historical struggles against Canada. Costa Rica has gone winless in their past six non-friendly dates with the Canadians since 2005, and has been held off the scoresheet while falling to defeat in two straight meetings with Canada.

Best Bet: Canada (2.45) at Bet99