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Mexico vs. Canada: weather, TV, broadcast, prediction for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

In what is arguably the most fascinating showdown on the October 7 roster of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, regional powerhouses Mexico will host upstarts Canada at Estadio Azteca. In recent years, there would be little doubt that El Tri would win. That is not the case this time.

Throughout 2021, Canada has shown that it has transformed under the leadership of John Herdman, who has instilled in it the belief that advancing to its first World Cup since 1986 is a real possibility. It helps to have a generation of leading players in Europe, starting with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and LOSC Lille’s Jonathan David. Canada and Mexico enter the match as No. 1 (Mexico) and No. 2 (Canada) in qualifying for the World Cup. The top three teams get direct places for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Unfortunately for Canada, he is landing a team from Mexico that is buoyed by the return of some of their biggest personalities. Raúl Jiménez is back in the fold after nearly a year with a skull fracture and is reportedly looking good in training. Chucky Lozano also returns after a long period on the sidelines following an equally terrible injury suffered against Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup. And then there is Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who returned to work after missing matches. September with corneal surgery.

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Martino noted how he has been studying Canada’s matches against the United States (a narrow 1-0 Gold Cup loss and a 1-1 draw in September) and against his own Mexican team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals. . In that instance, El Tri needed a controversial goal in the ninth minute of stoppage time to go through a Canadian team that played with personality and gave it their all.

“We got a great message at the Gold Cup in Houston with 75,000 Mexicans cheering for their team,” Herdman told the media at his pregame press conference. “When we play, there won’t be a step back. We want to continue taking a step forward. This group of men is ready and, I think, very excited just to express themselves in this arena. [Estadio Azteca]. “

And that’s ultimately what Canada hopes to achieve in this match: three points would obviously be good, but more importantly, they want another positive demonstration that shows the rest of the teams in the region, including Mexico, that they are a A true contender for one of the World Cup berths and he is no longer the push-pull that he once was. The Canadians already have Martino on alert: in his pre-game press he highlighted Canada’s speed, and specifically Davies, indicating how his “skills can appear [in a game] no matter how cautious you are. “

How to watch Mexico vs. Canada in the US

  • Date: Thursday October 7
  • Weather: 9:30 pm ET
  • TV channels: Univision, TUDN
  • Transmission: fuboTV, Paramount +

The game will be broadcast in the United States on Univision and TUDN in Spanish. Both channels are available to broadcast on fuboTV with a 7-day free trial available for new users. It will be available in English on the CBS Paramount + streaming platform.

The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will be at 75 percent capacity for the match, the maximum capacity allowed after the pandemic.

Mexico vs. Canada lineups

Tata Martino has options, especially in forward positions. We’ll see if he chooses to deploy the offensive trident he has produced in the past now that Wolves forward Raúl Jiménez is back healthy and a top scorer in the English Premier League.

Mexico’s Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK – Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez – Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Luis Romo – Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, Raul Jimenez, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano

Projected subscribers in Mexico: Rodolfo Cota-GK, Jonathan Orozco-GK, Alfredo Talavera-GK, Hector Moreno, Johan Vasquez, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Sebastian Cordova, Andres Guardado, Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez, Jonathan Dos Santos, Orbelin Pineda, Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna, Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin

Herdman confirmed that Atiba Hutchinson, Cyle Larin and Lucas Cavallini He has not yet recovered from the blows and will miss the trip to Mexico. While Herdman is still hopeful that he can win back the trio at some point to play in this October window, Canada will definitely not have the starting goalkeeper. Milan Borjan, who is still recovering from COVID-19.

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Junior Hoilett and David wotherspoon He also did not travel with the Canadian team to Mexico due to strict UK quarantine requirements for travelers to Mexico City that would have been triggered upon returning to their UK-based clubs. Scott kennedy he was not called up due to injury.

Canada Projected Starting Lineup (3-5-2, left to right): Maxime Crepeau-GK – Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Alistair Johnston – Samuel Adekugbe, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Stephen Eustaquio, Jonathan Osorio, Richie Laryea – Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David

Canada Projected Subscribers: James Pantemis-GK, Dayne St. Clair-GK, Derek Cornelius, Doneil Henry, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Liam Fraser, Samuel Piette, Charles-Andreas Brym, Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Jacob Shaffelburg

Mexico vs. Canada: betting odds and prediction

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Choose: Canada +1 Asian Handicap (-125)

This is a different team from Canada, and as long as Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Stephen Eustaquio are there, Les Rouges are capable of scoring, and even winning, despite what history says (three wins in 36 all-time matches and never in Mexico).

For those feeling more daring, there are plenty of bold betting opportunities: Canada Double Chance (i.e. win or draw at +145) or Canada Double Chance Seized with over 1.5 goals total (+245). But we will play it safer with a recommendation of Canada +1 Asian Handicap at -125 and decreasing every hour: if Canada loses by a goal, it qualifies as a draw. A draw or a win for Canada and you are a winner.

Prediction: Mexico 1, Canada 1

  • Money line: Mexico -190 / Draw +290 / Canada +500
  • Spread: Mexico -0.5 (-190) / Canada +0.5 (+140)
  • O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +110 / Under -140
  • Both teams will score: Yes +115 / No -155

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