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World Cup 2022: Canada’s Under the Radar Players

Alphonso Davies may be the biggest name in the squad but Canada’s national team has more to offer and will try to have a deep World Cup run. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for World cup soccer 2022.

Tajon Buchanan: Club Brugge

The migration of many young Canadian players to Europe over the past two years played a major role in the national team’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup, the country’s first men’s World Cup appearance in 36 years. Back in 2021, the 23-year-old winger Tajon Buchanan completed his transfer to former Belgian champions Club Brugge but he remained on loan to New England Revolution for the remainder of the season.

Canada’s Tajon Buchanan celebrates his goal during Canada’s World Cup
Tajon Buchanan - Geoff Robins / AFP

Since moving to Brugge he played 14 games scoring one goal. The new Belgium domestic season already kicked off but Tajon Buchanan hasn’t featured yet due to an injury he suffered in the warmups before the Belgian Super Cup on July 17. The good news is Buchanan is due back shortly, and a full preseason combined with an upcoming Champions League debut will definitely see him in Qatar in November.

The 23-year-old has predominantly played at left wingback since joining Brugge in January. He’s great one-on-one and he has the tendency to play in a more attacking role. Since 2021 when he played for the first time under his country’s flag, he earned 24 international caps, scoring four goals for Canada.

Liam Millar: Basel

In 2016, the 22-year-old midfielder Liam Millar joined Liverpool on a free transfer. He featured in every game of Liverpool’s 2017/18 UEFA Youth League campaign and scored twice in eight games. He signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool but joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan. He played 33 for them scoring two goals.

In 2021, he completed a move to Swiss Super League club Basel, and in his first season, he played 35 games scoring seven goals. Liam Millar could be one of three FC Basel players to take part in the World Cup in Qatar. Millar is a starter this term for Basel and he will also play in the Conference League group stages.

If you’re soccer betting online, Basel should be one of the teams to watch if you’re betting on goals. After earning 15 international caps for Canada, Liam Millar is expected to make the cut and play at the World Cup odds. Liam Millar has been playing extremely well, is a versatile player who can also play as a left-sided midfielder or anywhere across the front line if called upon.

Ike Ugbo: Troyes

In 2015 Ike Ugbo signed his first professional contract with Chelsea but continued to play for the U17 through U23 sides. Between 2017 and 2022, the 23-year-old forward was loaned to Barnsley, Milton Keynes Dons, Roda JC, Cercle Brugge, and finally Troyes in the French Ligue 1. He spent his best season in the Swiss Super League where he scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for Cercle Brugge.

Ugbo spent the second half of last season on loan at Troyes from Belgian Pro League club, Genk but he signed a permanent deal with the French team and he’s a starter. Ike Ugbo has excelled since his loan to Troyes scoring five goals in 16 games but has seen few minutes and only one start for Canada since last November. Ugbo is more about power and providing his team with balls, and less about inside-the-box action. With attacking attributes dissimilar to the other strikers available, he should have enough to make the squad.

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Canada World Cup Expectations

Canada’s attack is where their most talent is, and it’s game-breaking ability all the way across the front line. They will definitely play high-scoring games but it will be difficult for them to make it out of their group.

They were drawn into Group F together with Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco and they priced at +275 to qualify further in the tournament according to the latest soccer odds. Their games should be fun to watch but their experience at this level is limited and we don’t expect them to finish in the top two. They might fight with Morocco for a third-place finish but that’s not a qualifying spot.

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