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Atiba Hutchinson
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Canada To Win World Cup Odds

Canada has made it to this winter’s World Cup for the first time since 1986 after upsetting the soccer odds to cruise into Qatar without much of an issue. While the United States and Mexico were expected to dominate World Cup qualifying in North and Central America, it was Canada who topped the qualifying group and sensationally beat USA along the way.

Head coach John Herdman is now challenged with preparing his team for the monumental task of hauling Canada out of World Cup Group F and into the knockout bracket. And this could be difficult. Canada is up against some big teams at this World Cup – and soccer betting sites don’t think they have any chance of winning the tournament.

Still, Canada could provide a few shock results in Qatar. Herdman can rely upon Milan Borjan, Cyle Larin, Junior Hoilett and captain Atiba Hutchinson for experience. He also has the exciting Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies on his squad.

This Canada team will arrive at the World Cup determined to fight. It proved its mettle in qualifying, especially during the famous 2-0 victory over the United States, and Canada deserved to top the group. Now the focus is on Qatar, and whether Herdman can continue Canada’s excellent form on the world stage.

*Team Canada has been eliminated from the World Cup 2022. Check out what the odds were for the rest of the group to advance to the next stage.

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Canada Path To Final

Pot Draw

Canada was placed in Pot 4 for the World Cup this year. That’s the lowest-ranked pot and shows just how big the historic quality difference is between them and neighbors USA. Still, Canada deservedly won the qualifying group after reaping 28 points from 14 games. The team won all but one of its home games and claimed nine points on the road.

Group Stage

Canada has been drawn in Group F of the World Cup, alongside Belgium, Morocco and Croatia. Now, Belgium is almost certain to win this group and is one of the favorites for the World Cup. Croatia is likely to be second, but Canada will hope to claim points against the Croats and Morocco. Do this and Herdman’s team could sneak through to the knockout stage. Come second in Group F, and Canada would likely face Spain or Germany in the last-16. And that is surely where their tournament would end.

Canada Previous World Cup Finishes

As we mentioned earlier, Canada is back in the World Cup for the first time since 1986 in Mexico, when the team finished at the bottom of Group C that involved Soviet Union, France and Hungary. Sadly, Canada didn’t even score a goal in that tournament. Therefore, whoever finds the net first for Canada in Qatar will become the country’s first-ever goalscorer at a World Cup finals.

  • 1986 – Group stage

Since 1986, Canada has tried and failed to qualify for eight successive World Cups. Finally they’re back, and this team is +1200 to win Group F.

Canada World Cup FAQ

Has Canada qualified for the World Cup?

Yes. Canada has qualified for the World Cup. The team will play Belgium, Croatia and Morocco in the group stage. Sports betting sites don’t expect Canada to progress to the knockout stage.

Why Is World Cup In November?

The World Cup is in November because hosts Qatar cannot stage games in the tournament’s traditional summer months. Therefore the decision was taken by FIFA to move the competition to a winter World Cup.

Will Canada win the World Cup?

In all likelihood, Canada will not win the World Cup. However, the team stands an outside chance of progressing out of the group stage, and could face either Germany or Spain in the last-16 if it did so.

When was Canada last in the World Cup?

Canada has not competed in the World Cup since 1986 in Mexico. The team lost all three of its group stage games and failed to score a single goal against Soviet Union, France and Hungary.