Canadian Premier League — Match #47 Valour FC vs. Cavalry FC July 27, 2019 — IG Field (12:00 p.m. CT/1:00 p.m. ET) Watch Live: or CBC

After 27 long days, Valour FC will finally return to IG Field this weekend for a CPL Fall season clash with Spring champions Cavalry FC. The homecoming will be very welcome for Valour, who will be trying to shake off an eight-game winless streak across all competitions. They're 0-1-1 in the Fall campaign, most recently losing 3-1 last Saturday to Forge FC. After finishing bottom of the table in the Spring, Valour has a job ahead of them to try and climb out of the basement against the high-flying Cavs. Tommy Wheeldon Jr.'s Cavalry side will enter Winnipeg on a major high after eliminating the Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday's Canadian Championship match. They've set themselves ahead of most other CPL teams at the moment, with a perfect three wins from three in league play (most recently a stingy 1-0 result at home against York9 FC). Valour will stay at home after this one, as Pacific FC will visit them on Wednesday, July 31 (8:00 p.m. ET, 7:00 p.m. CT, on OneSoccer). Cavalry, on the other hand, will enter a bye week, with their next match not coming until Saturday, August 10, when they'll head to Nova Scotia to play HFX Wanderers FC.

  • Emotional exhaustion: While Valour prepared all week for this match, Cavalry had a major distraction before they could even think about their trip to Winnipeg. Their CanChamp clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, while an incredible performance, surely took a heavy toll on Cavalry, both physically and emotionally. If they're drained, or if Wheeldon Jr. chooses to rotate his exhausted lineup, Valour needs to capitalize.
  • New blood: With their side struggling lately, Valour fans were happy to see a pair of new signings join the team in July: Spanish midfielder José Galan, and Italian forward Michele Paolucci. It's unclear if they'll be fit to start on the weekend, but they could play a part (Galan got a half last week against Forge). Cavalry won't have had much opportunity to scout the new faces, so they're a pair of curveballs Rob Gale could throw out this weekend.
  • Unbreakable: Cavalry has kept a clean sheet in their last two CPL games, both of which were days where the opposing attack looked completely suffocated. The Cavs' backline has become almost invincible recently, and it could be very tough for Valour, the league's lowest-scoring team, to break them down. The Cavs have a knack for isolating a team's best scoring threats and keeping space limited; this game should be no different.


Cavalry FC: Marco Carducci; Nathan Mavila, Mason Trafford, Jay Wheeldon, Malyk Hamilton; Nik Ledgerwood, Jose Escalante, Julian Buescher, Nico Pasquotti; Sergio Camargo, Jordan Brown Valour FC: Tyson Farago; Martin Arguinarena, Adam Mitter, Skylar Thomas, Jordan Murrell; Louis Beland-Goyette, Jose Galan; Dylan Sacramento, Marco Bustos, Dylan Carreiro, Tyler Attardo

May 8 - Cavalry FC 1-0 Valour FC


Sergio Camargo - 5 goals (Cavalry FC) Tyler Attardo - 3 goals (Valour FC)


Josip Golubar (Valour FC) - Out (ACL) Michael Petrasso (Valour FC) - Out Ali Musse (Valour FC) – Out Chris Serban (Cavalry FC) — Out (Knee) Dominique Malonga (Cavalry FC) — Questionable






(Players are suspended for one match 14 days after accumulating a 4th Yellow Card)

Jordan Murrell (Valour FC) - 3 Jonathan Wheeldon (Cavalry FC) - 3 Elijah Adekugbe (Cavalry FC) - 3 Joel Waterman (Cavalry FC) - 3


Referee: Fabrizio Stasolla Assistants: Graham Forsyth & Sabrina Ferraz 4th Official: Marko Kalic

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Q. Which team will have more shots off target?

A: Currently Forge FC leads the league in chances missed during the Fall Competition with 10 while Edmonton only has one. Look for more dynamic attacks to have more shots off target purely based on the fact that they tend to create more chances.
Q. Which team will have more tackles?
A: At this point in the Fall Competition, HFX is averaging 15.8 tackles per match, the most in the league. Forge and Cavalry also both average more tackles than their opponents for this weekend's matches.
Q. Will a player score their 1st goal for their club?
A: Valour will be looking for their new striker signing Michele Paolucci to make an immediate impact in what could be his first appearance for the club. Do you believe that he can become acclimated to the Valour team that quickly?

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