Canada travels outside of Concacaf for a match for the first time since 2018, hoping for a good rehearsal in Wien ahead of their World Cup comeback. Here are our top Qatar vs. Canada picks.
Canada dominated the Concacaf qualifiers, but the message it wants to send to fans and to the public is that it is always ready to learn, stay humble, and enjoy every minute of the journey. Canada will not make any exceptions from its philosophy heading into the last phase of World Cup preparation.
Qatar, on the other hand, feels added pressure as each day goes by, given that it will host the World Cup in less than two months. Will Qatar go through a sensational last-minute uplift before the event kicks off?
Qatar vs. Canada Game Info
Date: Friday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. ET
TV: onesoccer.ca, fuboTV, Optik TV
Location: Generali Arena, Wien, Austria
Weather: 49 degrees, 2% chance of precipitation, 5-mph winds
Qatar vs. Canada Picks
Qatar vs. Canada ML Pick
Canada (-110) ★★★★
Canada wants to celebrate its return to the World Cup after 36 years with a brave outing this winter. Despite being the underdogs in their group, the Canadians aren’t expected to play a classical victim’s role against their group-stage opponents Croatia, Belgium, or Morocco.
Canada keeps going and treats every opponent in a similar way. And Qatar, who has been suffering when asked to defend, will find it hard to contain Canada’s attacking force. Having not featured internationally outside of Concacaf in a long time, Canada will want to prove itself against an opponent it knows it can harm.
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Qatar vs. Canada O/U Pick
Over 2.5 (-104) ★★★★
John Herdman, Canada’s head coach, wants his players to keep their feet on the ground, allowing them controlled freedom on the pitch as long as the game plan is respected. Herdman focuses on exploiting their individual qualities too and wants his boys to keep doing what they’re good at.
Canada thrived during the last World Cup cycle thanks to great team spirit, motivation, and a few exceptional individuals that raised the entire group at their level. Canada will be allowed to express itself and goals are expected against Qatar. But the net might well be bothered at both ends, as neither of the sides is renowned for flawless defending or great tightness at the back.
Qatar vs. Canada Prop Pick
Penalty awarded (+215) ★★★
Qatar and Canada have technical attackers and a lot of action is expected inside the two boxes. That creates the perfect context for a penalty, also taking into consideration that neither of the two defenses is at its best right now.
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Qatar vs. Canada picks made 9/22/2022 at 1:32 p.m. ET