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Thursday's World Cup warm-ups preview: Canada and Morocco can impress

It is a matter of days until the start of the first ever winter World Cup in Qatar and a handful of teams involved are upping their preparations with warm-up friendlies this week.

On Thursday, some notable World Cup nations are involved such as Switzerland, Spain and Portugal and here is a look at three games in particular to focus on from a betting perspective.

Goals on the cards when Ghana and Switzerland lock horns

WhatGhana v Switzerland
WhereAl Nahyan Stadium, United Arab Emirates
When10.00, Thursday 17th November 2022
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsGhana 3/1, Draw 9/4, Switzerland 10/11

Ghana's year began in disastrous fashion as they were dumped out in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, and results have since fluctuated.

They defeated Nigeria in the third round of World Cup qualifiers to book their spot in Qatar and have made a solid start to qualification for the next Afcon tournament, but also suffered heavy defeats to Japan and Brazil in June and September.

There is not a lot of expectation around the team heading into the World Cup with Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay joining them in Group H, but they most definitely have players to keep an eye on in the final third - from Ajax sensation Mohammed Kudus to energetic forward Inaki Williams.

With that in mind, both teams to score could be worth a bet at 4/5 in this warm-up friendly against Switzerland, who open their World Cup campaign against African opponents in the form of Cameroon in a week's time.

Switzerland finished their most recent Nations League campaign on a high note with wins over Portugal, Spain and Czech Republic and both teams scored in two of those matches.

Canada to hold their own against shot-shy Blue Samurai

WhatJapan v Canada, International match
WhereAl-Maktoum Stadium, United Arab Emirates
When13.40, Thursday 17th November 2022
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsJapan 21/20, Draw 11/5, Canada 5/2

Canada are preparing for their first World Cup since 1986 and are looking to make the most of the occasion in Qatar, with a friendly set up against Japan on Thursday to aid their preparations. 

The Maple Leafs could have a tough time of it in Group F with Belgium, Morocco and Croatia, but for many they are an unknown entity and that could still make them dangerous.

They came out on top in Concacaf qualifying, winning eight of their 14 games, and have some dangerous players in the final third in Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies, who often operates as a forward for his country.

There is nothing to lose in this game with the Blue Samurai, whose biggest weakness going into the tournament is sticking the ball in the back of the net, and Canada are worth chancing at 8/11 to avoid defeat.

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Atlas Lions can show defensive resolve against Georgia

WhatMorocco v Georgia, International match
WhereSharjah Stadium, United Arab Emirates
When16.00, Thursday 17th November 2022
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsMorocco 4/9, Draw 3/1, Georgia 6/1

Morocco find themselves in an open group at the World Cup in Qatar along with Belgium, Canada and Croatia, and conclude their preparations with a friendly against Georgia, who failed to qualify for the tournament.

They know they will need to start on the front foot in their group opener against Croatia on Wednesday and can give themselves a confidence boost by justifying 4/9 favouritism against the Georgians.

Georgia enjoyed a superb Nations League campaign earlier this year, winning five of their six matches in Group C4, with the performances of Napoli sensation Kvicha Kvaratskhelia playing a key role in that campaign.

Kvaratskhelia scored five times and provided two assists in their Nations League campaign, but the forward is currently sidelined and will not feature against Morocco.

Given Morocco's strength lies in a rearguard featuring the likes of Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss and Nayef Aguerd, a low-scoring win for the Atlas Lions could be on the cards.

Morocco have kept clean sheets in each of their last three matches, which have all featured under 2.5 goals, with a bet on the African nation to win and under 2.5 goals against Georgia representing value at 9/4.

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