Morning Coffee: An early look at Canada’s 2026 World Cup odds at FanDuel
The FIFA World Cup is coming to North America in 2026.
Canada will host 13 of the 104 games in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Vancouver will host seven games.
Toronto will host six games.
That list of 13 games will include three opening-round games the Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team will play on their home soil.
Canada will play its opener at BMO Field.
After that, the Canadian men will move to B.C. Place Stadium for their final two group stage matches.
A lot can change over the next two years leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
One thing that likely won’t change is the fact that Canada will have to defy the odds to make a serious run in the tournament.
This is the Morning Coffee for Monday February 5th, 2024.
An Early Look At Canada’s 2026 World Cup Odds At FanDuel
As it stands, 19 countries currently have shorter odds to win the tournament at FanDuel this morning.
While a lot can change over the next two years, there are a few things that we can bank on.
France, Brazil, England, Argentina, Germany, and Spain will remain the top choices to win the tournament.
Tournament co-hosts the United States and Mexico will follow as part of a second tier of contenders that aren’t considered among the favourites but still have a strong chance to advance to the elimination stage.
Meanwhile, the 48th-ranked Canadian men will be focused on securing their first World Cup win ever on home soil in June of 2026.
The Canadian men lost all three of their matches at both the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
We’ll get a much better idea of Canada’s chances two years from now once we learn who they will face in the group stage matches and get a better idea of the squad’s form heading into the tournament.
We still have a long road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Based on the number of text messages I received asking about Canada’s chances following Sunday’s World Cup Schedule Show on TSN, there’s already a ton of excitement in anticipation of soccer’s biggest tournament coming to Canada in 2026.
76ers Continue To Struggle Without Embiid
Two weeks ago, Joel Embiid was the favourite to win NBA regular season MVP at FanDuel, and the Philadelphia 76ers were being talked about as a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
Then Embiid suffered a meniscus injury that will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely.
Suddenly, Philly’s outlook is much different.
The 76ers are 4-10 straight up when Embiid does not play, including a 15-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Next up, Philadelphia will host the Dallas Mavericks tonight in a game that you can watch on TSN.
Embiid’s injury is another reminder of how quickly an organization’s outlook could change.
That brings me to another thought I had over the weekend.
Matthews An Obvious Favourite To Win The Rocket
The Toronto Maple Leafs will attempt to pick up from where they left off before the NHL All-Star Weekend as they try to secure a fourth straight win tonight against the New York Islanders.
While many Maple Leafs fans are focused on the NHL trade deadline, the one thing that stands out to me is the fact that it seems like Auston Matthews’ remarkable scoring pace is being taken for granted.
Matthews leads the NHL with 40 goals in 46 games.
He’s averaged 0.87 goals per game this season, which would top his 2021-22 average of 0.82 goals per game.
Over the past 30 days, he’s averaged 0.91 goals per game.
With Matthews performing at an elite level, it seems strange to me that Leafs fans are talking about the franchise selling at the trade deadline and turning their attention to next season.
Maybe this team isn’t a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
However, the fact some fans don’t believe that Toronto can win it all in a year in which Matthews is lighting up the league at the rate that he has should be cause for pause for Maple Leafs’ fans that don’t believe this team needs to shake things up.
Toronto is currently +1400 to win it all at FanDuel.
Only seven NHL teams have shorter odds right now.
The biggest mistake the organization could make is taking Matthews’ brilliance for granted.
Matthews is performing at an elite level right now.
The Maple Leafs absolutely must find a way to take advantage of this window and contend for a Stanley Cup.