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Japan vs Canada predictions: tips, odds & team news

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Japan host Canada in an international friendly on Friday at 11:35am (UK time).

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*Odds correct as of 13:15 on October 11

After exiting last year’s World Cup at the round of 16 on penalties, Japan have looked to make 2023 the start of their build towards the 2026 World Cup — as well as preparing for January’s Asian Cup. They drew with Uruguay and lost to Colombia in March, but Japan have turned things about since then, winning their last four games. In June, El Salvador and Peru were both beaten in Japan, with the Asian nation scoring 10 goals and conceding just one. Last month Japan travelled to Germany and left with a 4-1 win over the European nation, while also beating Turkey 4-2 in Belgium.

Canada, meanwhile, have had a rocky year on and off the pitch. They were beaten in the final of the Nations League and quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to USA on both occasions. The latter came in July and that was Canada’s last game, having to cancel any plans for September, not having enough money to pay for training camps or book friendlies. It’s an issue that affected both the men’s and the women’s team, with Canada Soccer reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy in June, before applying for a $5million loan from FIFA.


Japan vs Canada predictions

Japan vs Canada: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 17/20 with BetUK
Correct Score Japan 4-2 Canada 50/1 with Betfair
First Goalscorer Junya Ito 9/2 with Paddy Power

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The stats behind our Japan vs Canada predictions:

  • Junya Ito has scored in his past three appearances for Japan.
  • Canada have won just one of their last five games.
  • Japan have won each of their past four matches.
  • Canada have scored at least two goals in three of their past four games.
  • Japan have won two of their three meetings with Canada.

Japan vs Canada match tip

Junya Ito to score anytime @ 10/3 with Bet365

Japan have a lot of attacking talent in their current squad, capable of hurting Canada no matter how they line up. But one man that looks most likely to cause problems is Junya Ito. The Reims midfielder has scored in each of his past three appearances for Japan, taking his total tally to 12.

Japan vs Canada Bet-Builder tip

Over 3.5 goals & BTTS

Canada may be in a time of struggle but they have still managed to find the net. In three of their past four games Canada have scored twice, only failing in a goalless draw against Guatemala. Stretching back across the year as a whole, Canada have scored at least twice in six of their eight matches. Japan, meanwhile, have scored at least four goals in each of their past four games, conceding in the last three.

Japan vs Canada team news

Kaoru Mitoma has pulled out of Japan’s squad, with no injury stated, perhaps just given a rest after a busy fixture period with Brighton. Daizen Maeda has also had to withdraw due to injury, but Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu and Wataru Endo of Liverpool are involved, as are Maeda’s Celtic teammates Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.

Canada’s first game since July, and their only one of the international break, sees them return to a more familiar squad after fielding an experienced roster for the Gold Cup. The likes of Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett and Cyle Larin are all involved, with Fulham teenager Luc de Fourferolles also getting a call up, choosing Canada over England. Stephen Eustaquio has had to pull out due to injury.

Japan vs Canada head-to-head record

  • 17 November 2022 – Canada 2-1 Japan – Friendly
  • 22 March 2013 – Japan 2-1 Canada – Friendly
  • 31 May 2001 – Japan 3-0 Canada – Confederations Cup

This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides with Canada winning the most recent fixture, in the build up to the World Cup last year.

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