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Natasha Staniszewski’s CanPL picks

Hey guys. I hope you had a wonderful weekend whatever you got up to. I’ve been pretty busy – I recorded an awesome episode of my ‘Oh, ComeOn!’ podcast with Luke Willson from the Seattle Seahawks which you can listen to wherever you get your podcasts. I then ran a 10k in Banff which had some absolutely stunning views.

Anyway, back to the soccer and take a look at some of the CanPL games coming up this week.

Pacific’s 3-1 win over Cavalry saw them go top of the league, but defeat to York United saw Forge fail to make up ground on the leading pack. HFX’s 2-1 win over Atletico Ottawa now sees them closer to mid-table than bottom of the pile.

Here’s a look at my picks for the coming week.

Wednesday: York United vs. Atletico Ottawa

Natasha’s prediction: York United win

A first win in five games saw York United take all three points against a strong Forge side this past weekend. I was impressed as they’ve struggled away from home recently. Back at the York Lions Stadium I can see them putting on a show for their home fans against Atletico Ottawa, who sit bottom of the CanPL.

Here’s an interesting stat… There has been a penalty in 57% of Atlético Ottawa’s Canadian away Premier League games this season. 

Atlético Ottawa have conceded the first goal of the game in their last 5 games and have failed to win any of their previous seven matches. May be worth checking out the odds of York United to score first on Wednesday.

Despite winning just one of their last five CanPL games, I’m going for a 2-1 York United win. I think it’ll be a close affair with few chances, but York to get the better of Atletico Ottawa.

Player to watch – Álvaro Rivero, who has scored three in his last three for York United.

Wednesday: Edmonton vs. Pacific

Natasha’s prediction: Pacific win

I can’t believe I’m having to go against my home team again, but Pacific seem to strong at the moment. Sorry guys. Their impressive comeback against Cavalry strengthened their claims to go on and become CanPL champions.

Terran Campbell just can’t stop scoring. That’s six goals in his last eight for Pacific. What an overhead kick that was. For me, Manuel Aparicio scored the goal of the game coming in off the left and finding Marco Carducci’s far post.

Despite picking up their first win in nine against Valour, I feel like Pacific’s goal thread will be too much – 12 in their last four CanPL outings.

There has been a first half goal scored in each of Edmonton’s last 6 games in a row which may be worth looking out for is you’re placing a wager on this game.

Edmonton have conceded the first goal of the game in their last 3 home games and have gone on to lose all three games. If Pacific net first on Wednesday the floodgates could open, unfortunately.

I’m going for a 4-1 win to Pacific.

ComeOn! Game of the Week:

Saturday: York United vs. HFX Wanderers

Natasha’s prediction: Draw

HFX Wanderers go into this game on a run of seven games without defeat. The reverse fixture just days ago saw some of the most astonishing scenes I’ve ever seen in a soccer game. York lead 2-0 going into the final six minutes, for the game to finish 3-3.

Just one point separates the two sides in the CanPL with York United sitting on 22 points and HFX on 21. That could all change depending on York’s result at home to Atletico Ottawa earlier in the week.

I expect this one to be another close game with both sides looking at the potential of jumping into 4th in the league albeit for a couple of hours as Valour play later on in the day.

João Morelli has now scored six goals in his last three games, netting a brace each outing. His hot run of form coincides with HFX’s unbeaten run, and I expect that to continue this weekend. He’s worth a punt to score anytime, and more than one 😉

I’m going for a 2-2 draw on this one.