Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed another exciting week of CanPL action! My picks got off to a great start this past weekend when Forge FC took down Atletico Ottawa 2-0, precisely as I predicted. I was not able to hit on any of the other matches, however I did not suffer any pure losses either as two of my picks ended in draws, while the other was a predicted draw that ended in a tight Pacific FC victory. So I was a goal away in all three matches from picking the correct winner. Not too shabby.
Anyway, on to the next. The week ahead is going to be a quiet one in the CanPL. Just four games will take place this week, which includes only two weekend matches to be played on Saturday and Sunday. I love the three-or-four game weekends, but I have to look at the bright side – maybe this is my chance for a perfect week! Let’s dive into it.
Saturday: HFX Wanderers vs. Forge
Natasha’s prediction: Draw
HFX Wanderers FC will welcome Forge FC to Wanderers Grounds in Halifax on Saturday afternoon.
Forge continues to be the most well-rounded club in the CanPL. They remain the lone team to sit top three in both goals-scored and fewest goals-against, which puts them just a single goal shy of Pacific FC for the best goal-differential in the league.
HFX has not been quite so balanced. The Wanderers join Forge as a top three defense in the CanPL, but have struggled to find the net themselves this season. They have scored just once in their last three, and it was an own goal.
Head-to-head, this has been a good matchup. In three matches, each club has taken one while the other ended in a draw; Forge’s only draw this season.
I have HFX ending their scoring drought at home but I also expect a sound team like Forge to have an answer. I am going to call a rare draw in a game featuring Forge. 1-1 from Halifax.
ComeOn! Game of the Week:
Sunday: Atletico Ottawa vs. York United
Natasha’s prediction: York United win
Our ComeOn! CanPL Game of the Week will feature host Atletico Ottawa and visitor York United FC in a match that will take place at TD Place Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Ottawa, winners of just one of their last five matches, are coming off a tough 2-0 road loss at the hands of Forge this past Saturday. However the club did have a breakout game in Edmonton earlier that week when attacker Brian Wright scored a pair of early goals to help lift his team to an exciting 4-3 road win. Keep an eye on Wright against a defensively-subpar team like York.
York United has had a standard season, sitting a point back of HFX for fourth in the CanPL. They have found themselves in an abundance of draws as of late, finishing four of their last six games in a deadlock. York has been hot offensively as of late, and all season. They sit tied for second in the CanPL in goals-scored, and have recorded a goal in 14 of their last 15 matches.
Head-to-head, this has been another competitive matchup. Three of the two clubs’ four games have ended in a draw, with York taking the other.
I expect another great match on Sunday, but I have to ride with the red-hot York offense. 2-1 from Ottawa.