Canada’s Cup Return Did Not Runneth Over
More Than Three Points
Canada waited 36 years to return to the World Cup, but failed to advance. That’s right, the Reds have no chances of getting to the Round of 16 in Qatar. However, a first victory here is not impossible. Conversely, Morocco’s Atlas Lions could advance even if they lose here, but their goal is to win in order to try and secure first place in Group F.
Canada vs Morocco Betting Lines
Canada Hasn’t Met Expectations
They fell short, as Canada’s golden generation won’t advance. They’re a team with skill to spare, but lack of experience (players and coaches) cost them.
They were really good in their debut against Belgium, but lost, 1-0. They finished with 22 shots, while the European side had just nine. Michy Batshuayi scored the lone goal right before the end of the opening half.
They were expected to make Croatia suffer subsequently, but the Blazers ended by winning, 4-1. Alphonso Davies scored the Reds’ opener just two minutes into the game, but Croatia scored twice before intermission. Good news is Davies’ goal was Canada’s first in a Cup, so they can cross that off the list.
Now, after scoring their first goal in the tourney, Canada are focused on getting their first victory. Thirty-six years ago, they lost all three games by an aggregate of 5-0. According to the latest soccer lines, chances aren’t good, as they’re offering a +255 price. They’ve nothing to be worried about, making them a ‘dog that’s tempting.
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Morocco’s a Balanced Squad
We wouldn’t say Morocco have been a surprise, because the Atlas Lions have been playing extremely well since the qualifiers. They finished undefeated (7-1-0), scoring 25 goals while conceding three.
In this World Cup, a goalless debut against Croatia earned them a point. Morocco finished with eight shots in total. That was three more than the Blazers.
They disposed of Belgium with a 2-0 victory, doing so at a +320 price. Both goals (Romain Saiss and Zakaria Aboukhlal [stoppage time]) were scored in the second half.
Morocco haven’t allowed a single goal in their last six games in all of the competitions. Conversely, they scored in four of those games. Defense is led by Achraf Hakimi, considered one of the best right-backs in the world. The attacking unit is led by Hakim Ziyech, who plays with Chelsea (English Premier League).
Morocco last saw the Round of 16 in 1986. Rewriting history should be sufficient motivation to go after it right at the outset.
Canada vs Morocco Match Information
- Match: Canada vs Morocco
- Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 1st, 10:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Al-Thumama Stadium, Doha
- Canada vs Morocco Live stream: fubo.tv
Canada vs Morocco Picks & Prediction
- Worth the Moneyline?
Morocco are the online gambling favorite, priced at +110, meaning you could win $110 per every $100 wagered on the Atlas Lions. Considering they’re on fire, that’s quite intriguing. If you were looking at an underdog, Canada are returning $255 per every $100. Expect the Reds to fight, but not pull off the stunner. The Atlas Lions are highly motivated to win, and they’re speedsters with soccer skills.
- Worth the ATS?
Morocco is -½ (+110), while Canada is +½ (-130), meaning the side pretty much has to win if you’re to collect. That being said, the answer is no here. In Morocco’s case, it’s basically the same wager as with the moneyline, while in Canada’s prop is a riskier one.
- Worth the Totals?
Total is set at 2½ goals, priced at +105. As was mentioned before, there’s nothing at stake with Canada, while Morocco have the incentive. Expect the total to go over, offering a +105 price. An even better option is Morocco’s scoring more than 1½ goals. That’s a +120 option. Morocco will get the three points with a 2-1 victory, meaning you would win $120 per every $100 wagered on their total going over the number.
Prediction: Morocco 2, Canada 1
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.