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International Friendly Betting: Japan vs. Canada

International Friendly Betting: Japan vs. Canada

Canada Soccer / Giamou

Canada meets Japan for the first time in 12 years for an international friendly with a 12pm EDT kickoff time. Here's why you should avoid wagering on Canada.

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The patriotism for the Canadian national team, though great for the soul, has usually been a good way to lighten your wallet if wagering on it.

The road doesn't get any easier for this squad that is in a rebuilding phase as it faces a very tough nut to crack in Japan.

The team is being coached by Canadian Soccer Association's Techical Director Tony Fonseca on an interim basis for a pair of friendly matches and features a wide cast of veterans and fresher faces to the team such as Repentigny, Quebec's own 18-year-old Samuel Piette.

The last time these two teams met was at the 2001 Confederations Cup, when Japan hammered the Canucks 3-0, and that was with what was arguably Canada's best roster of the last 20 years. The Reds are paying out a large 8.00 at William Hill to pull off an upset victory on Friday , just don't expect it to crack. Should your heart win out over your brain, take a look instead at Canada in the draw no bet offering at 6.50 instead, allowing you to get your wager back should the game draw.

Japan will be using this match to prepare for its upcoming World Cup Qualifying match in a few days when it takes on Jordan. A victory there would see it clinch a spot to Brazil 2014. The Japanese have looked very strong during their qualifying run, going unbeaten with a 4-0-1 record while notching an impressive +11 goal difference in those matches. Additionally, they've lost only once in their last 11 games.

Japan is being issued at a low 1.36 to win outright, so instead take it in the handicap market where Japan pays out 2.10 to win by with a -1 start. Alternatively seeing as how it has only conceded two goals in qualifying, you could take it at 1.95 to be the only team to score in this match and the same odds exist in the win to nil bet. Canada has one goal in its last three matches.

The over/under sees payouts of 1.73 for the under and an even 2.00 for the over. Japan's last three matches have hit at least three goals, while Canada's games have done in it in three of the last four.