Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Start time: 12 p.m. ET
According to BBC Sport, Japan and Canada is the only international friendly being played this weekend, so it wins as the top such match to watch kind of by default. Yet, at the same time, this match has plenty of talent on show and will still be an excellent game to check out regardless.
Japan possess a number of high-profile players that always combine well for international fixtures. In their proper World Cup qualifiers, the Samurai Blue are undefeated in their five games—scoring 13 goals and conceding just two in that time also. And when you consider their perfect home record (three played, three won), they appear to be a very formidable opponent for Canada to face.
Canada will likely field a very young team in this one, as they try to improve their positioning in international soccer for the future. That could work well against a Japanese side simply using this game as a warm-up for the World Cup qualifiers later this month, but even then, it's hard to see them offering enough in attack to beat Japan in front of their home crowd.
The home should win this one comfortably.
Prediction: Japan 3, Canada 0
Final score: Japan 2, Canada 1
Note: For those interested in further international friendlies over the next week, Brazil taking on Russia on Tuesday is also shaping as a great game to watch.