The national teams of both Canada and New Zealand are making a lengthy trip to Spain to take part in an international friendly on March 24, at the Pinatar Arena in San Pedro del Pinatar. But will it be the Canucks who lead the way, or will the men from the land of the long white cloud manage to soar past their opponents? Read through our betting preview to find out which of the top football betting sites are offering the best odds.
Football is neither country’s best sport – New Zealand is known for the All Blacks rugby team, while Canadians’ favourite pastime is ice hockey. Many of New Zealand’s national side play in other countries, including Australia, American, and – ironically – Canada, as their national league is seen as semi-professional. Current captain Winston Reid may be familiar to English Premier League fans as West Ham’s central defender.
He may have his work cut out for him with the Canadians, who have won four of their last five games. Scotland held them to a 1-1 draw at Hampden, but they enjoyed comfortable wins against small sides such as Bermuda, Curacao, Jamaica and El Salvador. William Hill has Canada pegged as the favourites, but not by much, offering 29/20 for a Canadian win, and 17/10 for a New Zealand victory.
However, looking at New Zealand’s record they have lost four of their last five friendly games, scraping a 1-1 draw from the USA in October 2017, so the smart money will be on Canada. If you think both sides can hold out for a draw, then you could get 12/5.
Bookmaker Betfair has made the match more interesting by combining the end results with whether both teams will manage to find the back of the net. Canada has scored in all of its last five games, and even though New Zealand has been on a losing streak, they have still managed to claw a goal back in three of the last five games.
If Canada manages to score and win, the bookmaker is offering 3/1, while for New Zealand to do the same, William Hill is offering slightly higher odds of 18/5. The draw odds are exactly the same at 12/5, so if you do go for a draw, the Match Result is probably the better bet, so punters are not relying on anyone scoring.
For football betting fans who think they know what the result will be at both half-time and full-time, Ladbrokes is offering some odds worth thinking about. If Canada leads at the end of both, the bookmaker will give 3/1. However, if Canada take the initial lead in the first half, only for New Zealand to equalise in the second, then you could get 12/1. If it's a draw at the end of both halves, William Hill is offering odds of 11/2. It is the same odds if the game remains a draw in the first half, only for one team to win in the game at the end of the 90 minutes.
If you are bold enough to predict the exact score, bookies are offering some great odds. For a 0-0 draw, ComeOn! is currently giving 16/1, or for a 1-1 draw you could get 7/1. If Canada keeps up its winning streak and manages a win over New Zealand, a 1-0 victory is attracting odds of 11/1, while a triumphant 2-0 result has odds of 16/1.
However, if New Zealand defies the odds to one-up the Canucks and win by either 1-0 or 2-0, William Hill is giving the exact same odds that it’s offering Canada. If you think one team may obliterate the other during the friendly and reach 5-0, the bookmaker is offering an astronomical 150/1. So if you think you know whether it will be a win, lose or draw between Canada and New Zealand, then place your football bets at one of the best new online bookmakers.