Scotland v Canada Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 18, 2017
Wednesday 22 March – Easter Road – International Friendly
Scotland’s friendly with Canada gives Gordon Strachan the chance to assess his fringe players before a crucial World Cup qualifier with Slovenia. Canada, a relative minnow, won’t be pushovers.
Scotland and Canada have never met competitive circumstances, but this will be the sixth international friendly between the two. The home side have won each encounter, with the last meeting coming in October 2002. Scotland have been completely dominant in the fixture, scoring 13 goals to Canada’s two.
Scotland manager Strachan has included attacking talents Tom Cairney and Ryan Fraser in the squad for Wednesday, so expect a top-heavy line-up. As the former Celtic coach has favoured 4-2-3-1 for his last six outings, we will likely see him keep the same shape. Being a friendly it is hard to call the exact line up, but look out for Cairney and Frasier who will be out to secure their international futures, and captain Darren Fletcher to retain his deep lying playmaker role.
As Canada coach Octavio Zambrano also favours a 4-2-3-1 it will be interesting to see who wins the midfield battle. With few big names to speak of, keep an eye on former Newcastle man David Edgar and Falkirk full-back Frasier Aird alongside international stalwarts Atiba Hutchinson and Junior Hoilett.
Scotland vs Canada Preview and Predictions
With five wins from five, all indicators point to another Scotland win. Their players compete at higher levels consistently and coach Gordon Strachan is considerably more experienced than his opposite number. But if we have learned anything over the past season and a half it is to expect the unexpected. As most Canada’s roster call MLS home, they may be lacking technical ability, but that is something that can also be said for the boys in blue. With the English football league and America’s top flight both favouring athleticism over tactics and technicality, Wednesdays game may be a better matchup than most would have expected. The home side will still enter the game as favourites, but don’t be surprised when the Canucks refuse to lay down.
Both teams to score at 7/2
Canada’s attack may not be the strongest, but neither is Scotland’s defence. The Tartans have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four and have struggled against minnows Lithuania and Georgia.
Tom Cairney to score anytime at 4/1
The Fulham captain has been a Championship revelation this term and will be looking to cement his place in the national side. Although a goal against Canada won’t gain many plaudits, it’s a good start.