Canada hosts the USA in round 10 of the third stage of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Sunday, January 30th at Tim Hortons Field (Hamilton)
John Herdman’s team is leading the World Cup qualification standings with 19 points. The Reds gained five victories and four draws. Canada is one of the most progressive teams in world football. It moved from 72nd to 40th place in the FIFA rankings in a year. There are a lot of footballers who play in the European championships. Atiba Hutchinson and Kyle Larin from Besiktas, Bayern defender Alphonso Davies, and Lille striker Jonathan David, play for the Reds. The results of the Canadians in the current qualification allow them to seriously count on participation in the World Cup, where they have not played since 1986. Canada remains the only team that has not suffered a single defeat in these qualifiers. On January 28, the Maple Leaves beat Honduras away (0-2). A quick own goal from defender Denil Maldonado helped the visitors, and Jonathan David doubled the lead in the 2nd half.
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The United States national team is in 2nd place in the standings with 18 points. The Yanks have five victories, three draws, and one loss after nine matches. The team, which can boast of a large number of well-known players in Europe, is also claiming a ticket to Qatar after failing to qualify for the previous World Cup. Since the beginning of the group stage, the US team has suffered only one defeat from Panama (1-0). On January 28, the Stars and Stripes beat the outsiders from El Salvador in Columbus (1-0). The only goal at the beginning of the 2nd half was scored by Antonee Robinson, who did it for the 2nd time in the current qualification.
A small advantage in the upcoming game is on the side of the hosts, who are more accustomed to the frost that has been established in Hamilton. The Americans also have their trump cards — a more balanced lineup and good statistics of the last head-to-head matches. The upcoming confrontation may end in a draw. The Reds and Stars and Stripes have the best defensive lines in the current qualification. Both national teams conceded only five goals in nine rounds, so the bet on low production will be promising. The results of the teams in the previous rounds are also in favor of this bet. Four out of six games of the Canadians ended with Under 2.0 goals scored, and such a result was recorded in five out of six matches of the Yanks.