Our prediction for this match:
Al Maktoum Stadium will host Thursday’s friendly between Japan and Canada, the two teams who will take part at the upcoming World Cup finals. The Samurai Blue played out a goalless draw with Ecuador in their last warm-up game, and you should know that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. A man to keep an eye on in the Asian team will be Takumi Minamino, who has netted 17 goals in 43 appearances for the national team.
The Canucks, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the World Cup finals for the second time in the national team’s history, and given their solid defence, a low-scoring affair is on the horizon in Dubai. Bayern Munich ace Alphonso Davies has been picked for Canada’s World Cup squad despite his injury. When Japan and Canada face each other in a friendly nine years ago the Blue Samurai defeated the Canucks 2-1, but we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals this time out.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament.
Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages.
Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.