Canada comes into the fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw to Qatar, while Japan enters the friendly contest after a 0-0 draw to Ecuador.
Canada and Japan will lock horns in an international friendly game just before the World Cup in Qatar. The game will take place at the AL Maktoum Stadium in Dubai at 7:10 PM IST. Canada comes into the fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw to Qatar and have been sloppy in their last five fixtures, winning just two. On the other hand, Japan enters the friendly contest after a 0-0 draw to Equador at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Germany. Japan, like Canada, have won just two of their last five matches.
|Canada vs Japan||Key details|
|Venue||Al Maktoum Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||07:10 pm|
|Kickoff time in Japan||10:40 pm|
|Kickoff time in Canada||8:40 am|
Japan are not expected to advance beyond the Group stage of the Qatar World Cup this season, but if they are underestimated, they could spring an unexpected upset. Japan almost defeated Brazil earlier this year, and their defensive abilities are strong this time around. Japan also have a good mix of midfielders in good form. Their ability to overwhelm veteran opponents has been demonstrated by their aggressive style of football. Results can sometimes tell you a story about how a team performs, and Canada have won only two of their five games despite playing serious and effective possession football and creating chances, drawing with Bahrain and ending in a 2-2 tie.
The Japanese side will be without the services of Ao Tanaka, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Wataru Endo, while Canada will be without their star performer Alphonso Davies in their arsenal for the friendly against Japan.
Canada possible line-up: Borjan, Miller, Vitoria, Johnston, Hutchinson, Laryea, Eustaquio, Kaye, Osorio, David, Larin
Japan possible line-up: Gonda, Sakai, Yoshida, Yamane, H. Ito, W. Endo, Morita, J. Ito, Minamino, Kubo; Asano
The international friendly match between Canada and Japan will take place at the Al Maktoum Stadium on Thursday at 7:10 pm IST.
Football fans in the United Kingdom can tune in to Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, and SKY GO Extra to watch the international friendly match between Canada and Japan live.