Canadian Premier League Finals 2nd Leg: Cavalry @ Forge FC
We’re heading to the ATCO Field in Calgary for the second leg of the Canadian Premier League Finals tie, which will kick-off at 3:30pm EST.
Forge FC were the underdogs in the first leg, but managed to grind out a 1-0 victory through their star scorer Tristan Borges, who, incidentally, was one of the recipients of a red card.
Can Forge cause an upset and win the CPL finals?
- 1Cavalry FC vs Forge FC, Forge to win the tie
- 2Again a tight game, the score to stay under 2.5
- 3Anthony Novak to step up to replace Borges, Anthony Novak anytime scorer
Cavalry FC vs Forge FC, Forge to win the tie
The first leg at the Tim Hortons Field was short of goals, but certainly made up for it with drama and entertainment value.
Both teams finished the game with 10 men and are contesting the referee’s decision, which has now become a key talking point coming into the second leg.
Players, and fans alike, have spoken out about the poor officiating that led to the decision to send Borges and Waterman off.
The loss of Borges, who currently sits on 13 goals for the season and is the league’s top scorer, to Forge FC is immeasurable. If they can manage to overturn the decision before the next leg, it would change the shape of the tie entirely.
Cavalry took the Spring and Fall season, so despite the result the Cavalry will still fancy themselves to take the title. A 37th minute red card for Joe Waterman made the task of getting a result out of it an uphill battle.
The CPL betting odds favoured Cavalry last time, due to their performance in the league, but we fancy Forge FC to hold out and take the title.
Take Forge FC to defy the odds and win.
Again a tight game, the score to stay under 2.5
This exact CPL free pick came in during the first leg and we expect more of the same in the second.
Both teams have goalscorers, Cavalry more so than Forge, but both teams are quite capable of defending the net. The game will be very tight, neither team will want to allow opportunities to develop for their opponents’.
Forge FC’s Chris Nanco, the Forge FC forward, came out recently and said, “We know we’ll score goals at home. That (the first leg) was their chance to put us out of the tie, and they didn’t take it”.
It certainly shows that confidence is high in the Forge FC camp, but will they manage it on the day?
Interestingly, in the eight games played between the two teams so far, aside from the 1-1 draw, Forge has gained it’s four wins with a 1-0 scoreline and Cavalry it’s three wins, all by 2-1. This is a bad omen for Forge FC.
Expect the game to finish under 2.5 goals.
Getting hectic out here! @CPLCavalryFC hanging on with 10 men. @mcarducci96 making huge stops and the bar coming in clutch for the third time to deny @ForgeFCHamilton 🌡️— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) October 26, 2019
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Anthony Novak to step up to replace Borges, Anthony Novak anytime scorer
The loss of Tristan Borges has already been discussed, but who will Forge FC turn to replace the goal scoring prowess of the CPL’s top scorer?
Anthony Novak, the 25 year-old Pickering born player will be the focal point for Forge FC’s goals.
Forge FC boast 3 of the top assist-makers in the league this season, in Awuah, Borges and Bekker, so they should be able to provide the opportunities for Novak.
The young Canadian has managed 6 goals in 16 games so far this season. Although this doesn’t sound like much, the CPL is still very much developing and low-scoring games are commonplace.
We believe Forge FC will carry momentum into game 2, which will lead to them winning the cup.
Cavalry have the likes of Malonga, Minatel, Camargo among others, who can provide the goals for them to take this tie. But after Forge’s unexpected performance in the last, it begs the question – will be able to do enough?
Take Anthony Novak as anytime goalscorer.