Canada has a chance to secure their spot at the 2024 Copa America if they avoid defeat when they host Jamaica for the second leg of the CONCACAF Nations League quarter-final at BMO Field.
The Canucks claimed a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Kingston, edging closer to a second successive semi-final appearance in the tournament.
Despite a delay in the initial leg, Canada’s victory marked their first away win against Jamaica since 1988, underlining their current momentum.
Canada’s impressive home record in Nations League matches boasts a perfect 100% win rate, conceding just once in four games at BMO Field.
They’ve displayed resilience, often securing wins after scoring multiple goals within 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Jamaica faced their first-ever Nations League defeat in the first leg against Canada. Struggling with early conceding goals and a winless run against North American sides in recent tournaments, they face a tough challenge.
The Reggae Boyz haven’t won on Canadian soil and have lost their last three encounters against Canada at BMO Field, emphasizing the tough task ahead for Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side.
- DDLWLW (Last six matches in all competitions)
- W (Nations League)
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- LWWWDW (Nations League)
For Canada, players like Jonathan David and Stephen Eustaquio have been influential. Eustaquio’s presence in midfield has helped unlock opposition defenses, offering more goal-scoring opportunities.
They will look to capitalize on Jamaica’s inconsistent backline.
Jamaica will rely on key players like Andre Blake and Michail Antonio. Blake, despite conceding multiple goals in recent games, remains crucial in goalkeeping duties.
Antonio seeks to break his goal drought, while Shamar Nicholson’s goal-scoring form is vital for their attack.
Johnston, Cornelius, Adekugbe;
Laryea, Eustaquio, Osorio, Davies;
Buchanan, David, Larin
Brown, Bernard, Pinnock, Leigh;
Decordova-Reid, Nicholson, Bailey;
Prediction: Canada 2-0 Jamaica (Canada advances 4-1 on aggregate)
Canada’s cohesive gameplay and recent form give them an advantage, especially with the offensive prowess of Eustaquio and David.
Facing an inconsistent Jamaican defense, Canada is likely to find the net and secure their place in the next round.