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Natasha Staniszewski’s CanPL picks

Hey guys – Natasha here. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. Welcome to my CanPL picks.

This is a new section for me but I’m thrilled that ComeOn! have asked me to preview the weekend’s CanPL action. It’ll be a weekly occurrence with a look at who’s in and out of form, who’s finding the back of the net, alongside a couple of tips.

There’s three CanPL games this weekend – here’s my take

Friday: HFX Wanderers vs. Forge

Natasha’s prediction: Draw

Friday night sees third place Forge travel to second from bottom HFX Wanderers who have picked up just one win in their last six.

The goals have been shared around at Forge recently, but it’s midfielder Woobens Pacius who you may want to keep an eye on, having scored three in his last two.

The same can be said for HFX Wanderers, who themselves have managed to find the net in their last eight games. They’ve just not been able to turn the good moments into wins.

I’ve got a funny feeling about this one. HFX have a good home record and have scored at the Wanderers Ground in each of their last five games. Meanwhile Forge have scored seven in their last five away games and are coming into the game off the back of two impressive wins.

I’m going for a 2-2 draw on this one

Saturday: Valour vs. Cavalry

Natasha’s prediction: Draw

Elsewhere this weekend, Cavalry make the trip to Valour looking to make it six wins from eight. The visitors are in a rich vein of form, losing just once in their last 11 games. Calvary’s away form makes good reading, taking 16 points from their seven games away from ATCO Field Foothills County – the best record in the CanPL.

Valour’s home form has been strong this year, picking up maximum points in five out of their six games at IG Field. This could be a tight affair.

Englishman Joe Mason has four in his last four for Cavalry, whilst William Akio and Austin Ricci are both in good form for Valour.

Valour’s defence needs tightening up having conceded six in their last four but home advantage may be advantageous  as they look to close the gap on the joint league leaders. 

I’m going for another 2-2 draw.

ComeOn!’s Game of the Week

Sunday: Edmonton vs. Pacific

Natasha’s prediction: Pacific win

Finally, let’s take a look at ComeOn!’s CanPL Match of the Week which sees my home team Edmonton host league leaders Pacific at the Clarke Stadium stadium. *Holds head in hands* Edmonton are without a win in six and have conceded nine in that time. I’d love to see that change this weekend.

However, as much as I hate to say it, that run without a win looks set to continue with the visit of Pacific, who have scored the most goals in the CanPL so far this season. Terran Campbell is a man in form with four in four, as well as chalking up two assists. It will be hard to look past him scoring any time on Sunday. He also netted in the return fixture earlier this season.

The last five games between these two have seen a total of 16 goals scored, and another goal fest could be on the cards with the ball hitting the back of the net 17 times in Pacific’s last four games!

Edmonton have failed to score in their last three home games and Pacific have kept four clean sheets in their previous four games away from home but my hunch is there will be goals in this one.

My prediction Edmonton 1-3 Pacific with Terran Campbell to continue his goalscoring form and score any time.