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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • October 12, 2012
  • • 7:45 PM
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: J. Santos
  • • Attendance: 17712
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World Cup Qualifying Preview: Canada - Cuba

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Canada - Cuba

Canada Soccer

Canada can move into back into first place in a competitive Group C with a win over the already eliminated Cubans on Friday night at BMO Field.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Canada (4-2-3-1): Hirschfeld; Edgar, Hainault, McKenna, Jazic; de Guzman, Johnson; Jackson, Hutchinson, de Jong; Occean.


Roster:


Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld, Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos

Defenders: Mike Klukowski, Kevin McKenna, André Hainualt, Marcel de Jong, Dejan Jakovic, David Edgar, Ante Jazic

Midfielders: Nik Ledgerwood, Julian de Guzman, Will Johnson, Atiba Hutchinson, Terry Dunfield, Pedro Pacheco, Patrice Bernier

Forwards: Iain Hume, Tosaint Ricketts, Simeon Jackson, Olivier Occean

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Cuba (4-4-2): Pichardo; Serrano, Zalazar, Rondon, Joseph; Juara, Ramirez, Lugo, Dominguez; Saez, Gonzalez.


Team News


The Cuban side is a bit of a mystery. A roster has not been publicly released.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Canada defeated Cuba 1-0 in Havana back in June in the group's opening match. Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld was ejected from that match for intentionally handling the ball outside the 18-yard box.
  • Both nations have a solitary World Cup experience: Canada in 1986 and Cuba in 1938.
  • Cuba has yet to score a goal in this round of qualification, and has thusly been eliminated from contention. Canada has scored just twice, but has still amassed seven points in its four games.
  • The 146th-ranked Cubans are at the bottom of the CONCACAF's Group C in terms of ranking. Canada is 61st in the FIFA rankings, good enough for second in the group.
  • The temperature is forecasted to be around 5 degrees Celsius (41 F) at kickoff in Toronto. At the same time in Havana, it is expected to be around 26 C (79 F).

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Canada

Cuba

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Canada CAN
Canada Canada
Draw
Cuba CUB
Cuba Cuba
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Canada CAN
2 - 0
Cuba CUB
Canada CAN
3 - 0
Cuba CUB
Canada CAN
1 - 0
Cuba CUB

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