After one of the most embarrassing defeats in its history, Canada faces an uphill battle against a Mexican team desperate for a win. Mexico's recent struggles provide decent odds.
After both teams dropped their opening matches on the weekend, expect desperate measures to be employed by both sides. However, don't expect Canada to come out as victors tonight.
The heavily depleted squad is now without captain Will Johnson, Randy Edwin-Bonsu, and top striking threat Simeon Jackson, who just recently made the jump to the Bundesliga. Russell Teibert is battling illness and is a gametime decision and without Nana Attakora and Dejan Jakovic available on the backline, interim skip Colin Miller will need to pull a rabbit out of his hat in order to get a result tonight.
Canada is listed as 7.50 underdogs, and I don't expect that to hit. In fact, I don't expect the Canadians to score, which sees a payout of 2.00 for the Mexicans to be the only team to hit the back of the net.
The draw result is listed at 4.00, and despite Mexico's penchant for draws this year (five of them in six World Cup qualifying games), I still expect the two-time tournament defending champions to deliver full points.
The halftime/fulltime for Mexico is one bet I expect to crack and is presently at 2.00.
Now, this is a young Mexican team with the entire roster plying their trade in the domestic league. It is without Manchester United star Javier Hernandez, but many of these young pups are very much looking to impress the coaching staff to earn a spot for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The over/under is at 1.91 on both ends of the 2.5 and is tough considering that Canada isn't expected to score and that Mexican games against CONCACAF opposition have only struck the over twice in the last eight games. What you can do is bet live during the match and watch how hard Mexico presses Canada to get a feel of what to expect. Just don't wait for a goal to happen though, otherwise you'll face substantially decreased odds.
For a correct score, the 1-0 and 2-0 for Mexico is at 6.00 and 6.50 respectively.