class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having struggled for cutting edge recently, Al Hain-Cole thinks Priestman’s side will struggle to break down a watertight Team GB defence in Kashima
Great Britain and Canada will compete for first place in Group E when they meet at the Kashima Soccer Stadium in Tuesday’s Olympic Games clash.
Hege Riise’s team have already booked their place in the knockout stages after taking six points from the first two matches, beating Chile 2-0 before edging out hosts Japan 1-0.
Canada vs Team GB latest odds
Team GB are now even money (2.00) favourites with bet365 to extend their 100 per cent record by coming out on top against the team that has won bronze at both of the last two Olympics.
Canada drew with Japan before beating Chile 2-1 in their second match and are available at 5/2 (3.50) to leapfrog their opponents into top spot with a win here, or priced at 2/1 (3.00) to secure second place by grinding out their fourth draw in five fixtures.
Canada vs Team GB team news
Fran Kirby will face a late fitness test after missing the opening two matches due to a slight knock she sustained in the team’s pre-tournament training camp.
Stephanie Labbe remains a doubt due to the injury that forced her off in the opening game against Japan, with Kailen Sheridan likely to continue in goal.
Canada vs Team GB preview
Despite being able to call upon international football’s all-time leading scorer in 187-goal Christine Sinclair, Bev Priestman’s side have not found goals particularly easy to come by so far.
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Having been punished for failing to build on their sixth-minute opener in the 1-1 draw with Japan, they were grateful to hold on after seeing their 2-0 lead cut in half by Chile in a match that saw them miss a number of chances.
The lack of cutting edge was actually a cause for concern coming into the tournament, having scored just six times in seven matches before arriving in Japan.
This does not bode well for a game against Team GB, who have kept two of the three clean sheets recorded in the 12 matches at these Olympic games so far.
Canada vs Team GB tips & predictions
With Great Britain unlikely to leave themselves open in a match they only need to draw in order to secure first place, odds of 7/10 (1.70) offer decent value on them ensuring under 2.5 goals for their third game in a row and an eighth match in 10 for Canada.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.