Div 1 [VMSL Div 1] Predictions, Results & Banter 2018/2019

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  1. Soccer Coach

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    To be honest....I do not mind the Harps and Greencaps. It is just another expression of the game. The problem is that here players are usually pampered and do not know how to handle that type of game. It is an important expression in the diverse cultures of football. I personally really admire their tenacity and enjoy very much all the the games that I coached against both teams. Yes, I would poke at them, but I domrespect their attitude towards the game.
     
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    I know you've been out of the game for a while but this is what you said about Harps in your cup game in 2016...
    "and just be aware that this time we have assistant referees and bringing like 60+ supporters. So do not even try to start another mass brawl or engage in your dirty fouls behind the referee. People will be watching you!"

    and then...

    We are ready to eliminating the Harps. This will give me more joy than eliminating Rinos.


    That really does mean something considering the war of words between you and the Rinos crew.

    All good my friend. Nice to see you back. haha
     
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    Metro Ford Lupi looking great in Div 1 considering they were promoted just this year.
     
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    Of course...I said that during Cup Competitions....What did you want me to do? Come here and prop their confidence by expressing that I admire their tenacity and fighting spirit. Trash talk is a very important weapon in competitions. It is part of the entertainment factor.
    I must add that in those games; the provocations worked well. They came quite riled up to the field and the yellow and red cards came up quite quickly.

     
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    Ps. It is all part of the game...@machel...all part of the game...
     
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    A mass brawl in the VMSL? that is almost hard to believe.......
     
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    It seems like we have had a case of tag in/tag out in terms of the promotion race. Columbus have come roaring back to relevance, while GN seem to have hit a bit of a blip. The Surrey boys will have some extra time to reflect on their recent thumping as their game with Greencaps has been pushed out past the long weekend, leaving us only a five game slate for this week. Coquitlam are, of course, still a factor at the top and they don't look like they will be dropping many points this season. The next two weeks will likely provide us some clarity however, as Columbus will play both of the top two.

    Completely Baseless Predictions - Week 10

    Romania v Westside
    So much for not being able to score. Westside exploded for seven against former league leaders GN Sporting last weekend and gave themselves a much needed boost in goal difference. More importantly they also earned three valuable points that proved much needed based on other results at the bottom of the table. The recently relegated side are still a ways off challenging at the top of the table, but, given their league best defense, if they have sorted out the offensive side of the ball, they should have a chance to make up some ground. After a run of three solid results to move clear of the drop zone, Romania reverted to old habits as they were well beaten, 6-1, by surging Columbus. Given Westside's stingy defense, if they are able to put the ball in the net at anywhere near the same rate as last week, they should be favourites here. Certainly if Romania are back to bleeding goals it would seem a daunting task.

    NorVan Storm v Club EDC Inter
    The misery persisted for NorVan last weekend with another loss, this time to newly promoted Greencaps. Two more suspensions as well for the North Shore boys and that is not likely to make things any easier. Inter had been toiling somewhat as well heading into their game against Rino's but looked anything like a relegation threatened side in a comfortable 3-0 win. Inter scored in the first minute and never looked back, locking up a victory that moved them six points from the trapdoor. EDC have been anything but consistent with their form, so a dip here, while eye catching, would not be shocking. NorVan have to feel that the time is now or never to get their season back on track with games against Inter and the other side currently in the relegation zone along with them, Bingers, on tap for next week. Expect a motivated performance by the Storm, but given their form to this point of the season, and because of their big win last time out, "Chinter" have to be favourites here.

    Burnaby Selects White Eagles v Columbus
    Clearly the MOTW as the two side looking the best bet for promotion square off on Sunday. Columbus are charging up the table, still sitting with just the one loss that came on opening day against Rino's. Moreover, that lone loss is the only time all season that they have allowed more than a single goal against in a match. They are chugging along well offensively, especially after a nice 6-1 smashing of Romania in their previous outing. Burnaby, of course, continue to boast the best offense in the league with 24 goals through nine games, though, leading scorer Matlash Vladyslav only has five on the year, so the White Eagles are clearly getting contributions from throughout the line up. More importantly, so far this season the former Serbians seem to be doing a better job of keeping the ball out of their own net, which was the area that held them back last year. With Metro Ford unable to be promoted, Burnaby currently enjoy a five point cushion on promotion. Columbus is now getting closer in the rear view however, and, while it likely makes little difference to White Eagles who ultimately gets hypothetically promoted along side them, they will want to win this one in order to prevent the rest of the field from gaining any ground back. This one is likely to produce the best contest Division 1 has had to offer to this point this season and, based on the teams goal scoring records, it would appear unlikely that it will end scoreless. Should be some good entertainment value in this one but as for a winner, I am going to turtle here and say they ultimately end up cancelling each other out and splitting the points.

    Rino's Fury v Bingers Army
    Two longtime rivals duke it out again, though, at this point, surely both sides have lost track of the aggregate score from over the years. Bingers once more find themselves in a relegation scrap, a 2-1 loss to Metro Ford last Wednesday did nothing to help their situation. It is far from panic stations for the Army at this point but, with Romania looking less than dead and Inter mixing in some points, it is likely time for the Div. 1 veterans to spring into action. Rino's are their usual unpredictable selves, emphasized by a 3-0 loss to average at best to this point of the season Inter last time out. This was their first loss in since the beginning of October however, so "tough to get a read on" would be putting it lightly. It really seems to depend what type of squad at what sort of mood Rino's show up with from week to week. They should be well motivated against Bingers though, not want to drop local bragging rights. The Army will have no fear of their rivals either though, knowing them all to well after countless years. Who takes overall match #768 in all competitions between Rino's and the Army? Who knows? Binger's have be having a tough go of late and it is not quite desperate times just yet, so give this one to the home side.

    Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi v Burnaby Metro Athletic
    Ironically Coquitlam are everything Burnaby would like to be. Top of the league, without a loss and cruising toward a promotion place with their fate entirely in their own hands. The cruel irony, of course, being that Coquitlam cannot get promoted. Still just those three lonely wins from September on the board for Athletic as they sink further and further week after week out of contention for the top two (or three as it seems likely to be...) places. Last week they were well off the pace in a 4-2 against local rivals, and promotion contenders, Burnaby White Eagles; going down 3-0 before desperately trying to make a game of it. Things are not set to get any easier at all this week against the other co-leaders in the Division, Metro Ford. A pair of mid-week Eric Dove goals gave Coquitlam yet another three points in a 2-1 win over Bingers, but also moved Dove further ahead in the Golden Boot race as he is now up to eight in nine games. Another loss this week and Metro Athletic are likely to find themselves closer to the relegation race than the promotion race, which is hardly how they would have envision their season going even just a month ago. While they will obviously be fighting tooth and nail in this one, Metro Ford just seem to have all the answers at the minute. Look for the home side to continue their unbeaten run.
     
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    Any predictions this week Canucks4Ever? 2 games on tonight!
     
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    A short week, plus mid-week games, plus a Friday fixture means it's pretty much non-stop football at the minute in Division 1. More impressively, the league has been thrown into chaos at the top once more and the much hand-wringing about a potential first place team that cannot be promoted, may be off the front burner for at least a week or two. Things have also tightened up at the bottom, so after an opening couple of months with little to get excited about, suddenly Div. 1 looks interesting. Let's see how it shapes up after this weekend.

    Completely Baseless Predictions - Week 11

    BONUS GAME
    Vancouver Greencaps v GN Sporting
    It is back to the scene of the crime for GN as, after the weekend off, they return to Point Grey where they were humbled 7-0 by Westside in their last outing. Indeed, in a weird twist, GN will play their forth game of the season at PG, which is as many as they have played at their home park, Delsom. In addition to playing both teams that use it as a home field (Westside and Rino's) they also had their Thanksgiving game against Inter moved there due to field conflicts and will now play during what I assume is Greencap's practice slot. Surely by now they must be thinking this is the only park teams from Vancouver play at! The Surrey side will be looking to even their record at Point Grey having won on their first trip to Kerisdale, 3-0 over Rino's, before losing 2-1 to Inter as well as the aforementioned 7-0. A midweek trip to town is not likely to play in their favour, nor is the fact that they continue to run into disciplinary problems. They had two players sent off against Westside and are still without top scorer Ameet Kaila, upon whom the discipline committee are yet to rule. After sitting top of the table, GN have lost two straight in convincing fashion and might well be on that inevitable slide that seems to follow them around annually. Greencaps are in middling form at the minute, 1-1-1 in their last three and middle-table seems likely to be their destiny. They've also cleaned up their act recently on the discipline side of things and will have everyone available for this match. GN would be smart to put some serious emphasis on stopping the rot as soon as possible, but mid-week away to the city plays way more towards Greencaps. I think the Surrey boys will be happy enough to have finally seen the last of Point Grey after this one.

    Binger's Army v NorVan Storm
    This is a massive game at the bottom of the table and could likely be MOTW if it were not for an equally massive game at the top of the league. NorVan finally earned their first win of the season, knocking off another struggling side in Inter EDC by a narrow 3-2 margin. Another loss would have essentially made it a three horse race for relegation, but keeping "Chinter" close will make sure there is plenty to play for over the coming week in the bottom reaches of the table. Of immediate concern for NorVan is trying to ride this momentum into the quick turnaround that is Binger's strategically placed Wednesday home games. That being said, the strategy has hardly paid off for the Army thus far, aside from having alternating weekends off to enjoy their retirement lifestyle, given that they sit on just five points. Their veteran status should not be so trivially derided however, as the Army will know that this is a six-pointer and a win here will lift them out of the drop zone until at least the weekend. The issue for Bingers is simply goal scoring as they have only managed a paltry six tallies on the season. Two of those came in their Week 1 draw with Inter, meaning have netted only four goals in their past nine games. Still, the North Shore side need to be the more desperate team in this one as a loss does more damage to them than the Army. Even if Bingers were to slip to the bottom of the table after this one, they would still be within touching distance, but a loss NorVan would mean they once more risk being cut adrift. Despite the desperation that will surely be on display, neither team has delivered much quality yet so far this season, making it tough to pick a winner. Add in the fact that it's a mid-week tie and I think you have all the elements of a draw.

    Columbus v Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi
    This on is most definitely the MOTW and likely the Match of the Season so far. Lupi suffered their first league loss in 13 calendar months last week and it was not close either, as they were well beaten, 3-0, by Burnaby Athletic. A pair of goals in as many minutes condemned Coquitlam to their fate and so, for the first time in quite awhile, Metro Ford will look to bounce back this weekend. Unfortunately for them, they are up against red hot Columbus. The Italians beat Coquitlam's co-leaders, Burnaby White Eagles, by a decisive 2-0 margin last week and that, along with Lupi's loss, combined to give Columbus a share of first place. The former East Van side, now operating out of Burnaby Lake, have rebounded from a wobbly start that saw them post just one win in their opening five matches by winning five in a row. That's the kind of streak that Lupi are used to. Columbus have also conceded just one goal in their past four matches and this contest will pit centreback and club captain Adriano Clemente and his co-defenders up against the leagues leading scorer Erik Dove. Burnaby were able to keep Dove in check last week as Coquitlam were held off the scoresheet for the first time this season. If it is true what they say about defense winning championships, then perhaps this is what will prove to be Lupi's Achilles heel. They have kept but one clean sheet this season and, facing off against a resolute Columbus defense that can also get it done at the other end of the field, could well prove to be a bridge too far for the Tri-Cities side. This one should be a cracker though as I cannot imagine Coquitlam will be keen to lose back to back matches; something that I do not think has ever occurred in their existence. After an inauspicious start, Columbus have rounded into form and look to be the best the division has to offer at the moment. I will say their momentum carries them to another massive victory in this one.

    Westside v Burnaby Selects White Eagles
    The unstoppable force meets the immovable object as the top offense in the league, Burnaby and their 24 goals for over 10 matches, clashes with the best defense to date, Westside and their seven goals against over the same span. Then again the unstoppable force was, in fact, stopped last time out when they ran headlong into a staunch Columbus defense and were handed a 2-0 loss. That result forced White Eagles to give Columbus a share of first place while the rest of the table also closed the gap at the top, making the promotion race all the more interesting. The gap is still healthy however, and with Coquitlam and Rino's unable to go up, a return to winning ways should see Burnaby come away from their slip-up unscathed. Westside, meanwhile, were unable to follow up their offensive windfall during a 7-0 win over GN, however they did find the decisive marker and displayed their patented defense in a 1-0 victory over Romania. The win marks the first time this season that the recently relegated club have managed to win back to back games as they had previously been the kings of the draw. This contest is well poised with two clubs that, based on their statistics, will surely back themselves to be able to come away with all three points in this match. As for a winner, it is tough to imagine Burnaby not scoring for a second week in a row and, absent that one massive goal scoring outburst, the goals have been hard to come by for Westside. Assuming White Eagles have their shooting boots on, it would seem unlikely that Westside would be able to keep up.

    Club Inter EDC vs Vancouver Greencaps
    Always tough to predict form when one of the sides has a mid-week game, as is the case with Greencaps this week. That being said, the Irish lads have done a good job of taking points of the sides below them in the table, which is where Inter will be regardless of the outcome of Greencaps mid-week tussle with GN. Inter continue to limp through the season, mixing in unpredictable results like wins over Rino and GN when those teams were in form, while slumping to poor losses like their 3-2 reversal at the hand of then winless NorVan last time out. A win there would have given "Chinter" decent breathing room from the relegation battle, but instead they remain on the edge of it with a big rematch against Binger's looming next weekend. These sides should match up well and, indeed it will likely depend on if Greencaps carry momentum into the weekend. Chile have given up 21 goals through 10 matches which will have Greencaps leading scorer Ray Barnes in a good mood, assuming he does not get himself suspended mid-week (though, as noted above Greencaps have been much more disciplined of late). I would expect both teams to score goals in this one, I just think Greencaps will score more.

    GN Sporting v Romania
    Again, it is difficult to predict what sort of form GN will carry into this one, but, regardless of how their mid-week contest with Greencaps plays out, GN will surely be happy to be back at Delsom with, hopefully, some relief in the way of suspensions having been served by then. Romania have got their act together, minus a brief relapse during a 6-1 thumping by Columbus, but they steadied the ship once more, narrowly losing out 1-0 to Westside last week. They have climbed out of the relegation zone, though with NorVan and Bingers playing mid-week as well it is quite likely that they will find themselves dragged back into it once more come kickoff on Saturday. Very tough to know what to expect out of either team, with Romania not likely keen on an evening kick off in North Delta while GN will be either still sliding or coming off a solid bounce back following their game with Greencaps. If GN win mid-week and get leading scorer Ameet Kaila back for this one, then they will surely be favourites against a travelling Romania side. If not, I still think GN will be up for this one, but an early slip up could really put Romania in the ascendancy. Still, given their form, it is tough to make Romania favourite here. I'll say home field is they tonic that the Surrey/Delta side desperately need and they find a win here one way or another.

    Burnaby Metro Athletic v Rino's Fury
    Giant slayers Burnaby handed league leaders Lupi their first loss of the season with a convincing 3-0 win last time out. The problem of course for Burnaby as they never wanted to be viewed as giant slayers, coming into this season they wanted to be giants themselves. Instead that victory was Metro's first since they began the season 3-0-0 and snapped a six game winless drought. It also helped keep their fleeting promotion hopes on life support as, thank to other results, they are suddenly back within six points of the top. Rino's avoided being stunned in back to back week by relegation threatened teams, knocking off Binger's by the same 3-0 scoreline that they were on the wrong side of the previous week against Inter. Leading scorer Ryan Arthur finally notched another marker to take his total up to six on the season as he looks to keep pace in the Golden Boot race. Both these teams will expect to be able to find the three points here and, in truth, they are well matched. This is a classic Div. 1 upper mid-table battle that could go either way, likely depending upon what players each side has available to them at the weekend. Flip a coin here. I'll just turtle and call it a draw.
     

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