This will be Canada and Haiti’s will square off in the Gold Cup on Thursday, which will mark their third overall meeting since June 12. Canada (1-0-0) beat Haiti (0-0-1) in both games of their World Cup qualifiers and the online sportsbook has Canada as a sizable favorite as a result.
Canada blew the doors off Martinique in its Gold Cup opener while Haiti lost a hard-fought game against the United States. A win from Canada here will likely clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Haiti is desperate and will need at least a draw to stay alive.
|Haiti||+1 +120||+800||2½ -130o||½ -130o/EVu|
|Canada||-1 -150||-230||2½ Evu||2 +115o/-145u|
Haiti: Third Time’s The Charm?
It’s been a rough road for manager Jean-Jacques Pierre and Haiti. After winning their first three matches in the World Cup qualifiers, they ran into Canada and haven’t won a match since. It wasn’t for lack of trying but more due to inexperience and inefficiency.
Haiti scored an own goal in their second match against Canada and couldn’t recover from there. In the first match, they gave up a goal quickly and were playing from behind much to their detriment.
Les Grenadiers was once a force to be reckoned with and it reached the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019. They upset Canada along the way. Haiti has what it takes to pull the improbable. They’ll need that now more than ever.
Canada: Hat Trick
Canada got off to a great start with a three-goal win (4-1) over Martinique. Never mind that Canada was a -650 favorite per the soccer betting lines, they did what they had to do. Now, the Canadians just need to handle business against a familiar foe and they will make the quarterfinals for the third straight time.
Canada got off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Martinique in the Gold Cup 🇨🇦
DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) July 12, 2021
Just two years ago, it was Canada on the wrong end in their quarterfinal match against Haiti. This team, which brings back a handful of players from that tournament, won’t forget that. Canada isn’t just deeper and more talented now but also more experienced.
Manager John Herdman has gotten the team to be more careful handling the ball and playing better defense. Midfielder Alphonso Davies may be the team’s best player, but Canada is loaded up front and goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is eager to have a better performance as Canada makes it three straight against Haiti.
Pick: Vengeance for 2019
Two years ago, Canada had a great shot at returning to the Gold Cup semifinals for the first time since 2007. But Haiti went in and spoiled that. Haiti took advantage of several miscommunications for the Canadians as they overcame a two-goal deficit and won 3-2.
This was a Canadian team that finished only behind Mexico in goals scored with a dozen. This “new” Canadian team may not have the lofty goal-scoring totals of this older iteration but it plays more responsibly and is mentally tougher.
Canada has already handled Haiti twice and kept them off the scoresheets both times. Les Grenadiers is having a rough time finding the back of the net and that will continue here as a doubly focused Canadian squad blanks them and avenges the 2019 loss.
Pick: Canada -1 goal (-150)
Bonus Pick: Keep Away
All but one of Canada’s seven matches have yielded at least three goals. The outlier is their first match against Haiti. Canada has plenty of firepower and they can cover the totals all by themselves. But they may take a more cautious approach against an eager rival that has already made them pay for their mistakes.
Expect Canada to be a bit more restrained here. Canada will sacrifice chances at scoring if it means keeping Haiti on the backpedal. A 2-0 win from Canada is the most likely outcome.