Kick-off: 0030, 09/09/2021
Stadium: BMO Field
Canada have made a solid start to World Cup qualifying with a couple of draws and will now look to kick on when hosting El Salvador.
The visitors have also shared the spoils twice so far, without a goal being scored, so the Canucks can expect strong defensive resistance.
However, that just makes 20/23 for a home win and under 3.5 goals stand out for our first Canada vs El Salvador prediction.
A Look At Canada’s Betting Odds
Canada may have been slightly frustrated when held to a 1-1 stalemate by Honduras in Toronto, via penalties for both teams.
English coach John Herdman will have been more than content with the same scoreline against USA in Nashville, though.
That last result gave us a trio of successful selections in our match preview, as the Canucks again came from behind to draw level through Besiktas forward Cyle Larin.
“I asked for heart, I asked for each man to bring a level of intensity and to show they’re brothers,” Herdman told the Canada Soccer website.
“We had to make sure the USA never got comfortable. I think we were able to control a lot of the game without the ball.
“Game by game, we’re getting tighter and getting more chemistry. We’re showing that this is a talented squad from one through 23 that are desperate to go to a FIFA World Cup.
“This is a tough grind. Every game is an absolute battle. It’s like a 14-game war that we’re going through.”
Herdman was happy to sit back and try to hit the Stars and Stripes on the break early on at Nissan Stadium.
However, Canada did become more positive after the interval, which seems to be a regular feature of their play.
Looking at the Canada vs El Salvador odds, there is value appeal in 11/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and then the Canucks to oblige.
A Look At El Salvador’s Betting Odds
El Salvador are perched at 64 in the FIFA rankings, just five places below their fast-rising opponents, so will be no push-over.
They have not qualified for the World Cup since 1982 but performed with credit in 2010 and 2014, only to fall short in key matches.
La Selecta followed a similar path at this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, beating Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago before being edged out by Mexico and Qatar.
Several of their players are with MLS clubs, notably in a hard-working midfield.
However, the absence of experienced forwards Nelson Bonilla and David Rugamas has left them lacking proven marksmen up front.
Canada are blessed with more creative talent through Larin, Reading’s Junior Hoilett, Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan David, plus assist king Alphonso Davies.
Let’s finish off our Canada vs El Salvador betting tips by taking 5/1 for a 1-0 home win, with the Canucks expected to keep it tight if edging ahead.
United States 1-1 CANADA – Larin
EL SALVADOR 0-0 Honduras
Head-to-head: Canada 0-1 El Salvador, Canada 3-1 El Salvador, El Salvador 0-0 Canada, El Salvador 0-0 Canada
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