Premier [VMSL Premier] Predictions, Results & Banter 2019/2020

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There was a big debate about this at half time. Feeling was trailing leg brought him down after he initially won the ball. I think it was a penalty but didn't when I saw it live. VAR!
 

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White Eagles 5-1 winners over FASA tonight. Very entertaining game. Could have been about 15-6 with the amount of chances squandered or saved.

White Eagles missed a penalty too.

This might answer the question as to how competitive FASA will be after last week's shock opening win. Their attacking players are very exciting, but finishing needs to be better. Defensively though, my oh my. They need a better keeper and to stop playing everything out of the back and across their box.
 

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Croatia 2-2 CCB
BCT Rovers 3-1 InterChile "A"
Pegaus 1-1 MetroFord
WestVan 2-0 Columbus
Rinos 3-1 Burnaby Selects
Guilford 1-1 NorVan
 

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Already in Week 3 we have the opportunity for a Top Four to break away from the pack. West Van, Rino's, Pegasus and Rovers Hurricanes are the four sides to have posted two wins in two weeks and none of them play each other this weekend. If they all maintain their perfect records, there is the chance we see them already start to distance themselves from the pack. That being said, the flip side is that if all four lose, we are essentially right back where we started. How will it all unfold? Let's take a look...

Completely Baseless Predictions - Week 3

Croatia v CCB LFC
Right off the hop it is the MOTW. Croatia stunned CCB by pipping them to the title when the Surrey side stumbled over the finish line last year and all signs pointed to CCB gearing up in the off-season to right that wrong in their world. However, it has not remotely turned out like that as CCB are currently without a point to their name, including a stunning loss to pre-season relegation candidates Guildford FASA. CCB can hardly argue that they are being hard done by in these matches either, as they are not exactly dominating teams. Their two goals so far have come from a very contentious offside decision that was not given and a penalty. That is a far cry from some of the dominating displays they put up last season. While they are of course missing several college stars, as well as resting players ahead of Nationals, you cannot help but wonder if they might be too far out of the race for the title by the time their full roster is available. They did, belatedly, get summer "signing" Kristian Yli-Hietanen, formerly of UBC, to sign for them after all and he looked to immediately bring a new dimension to their offense in their loss to Yli-Hietanen's former club, Rino's, last week. They will hope that he can spark their lumbering attack into form going forward, and Croatia might be exactly the team to do that against. The VMSL Champions have been far from dominant to begin the season as well. After looking rather bland in an Opening Day 1-0 loss to Rino's, they were involved in a cagey affair against Coquitlam that they ultimately were able to pad their stats in after Metro Ford were reduced to 10 men. So, perhaps this is an opportunity for CCB to kick start their season given that, as much as they want to be healthy and rested before their trip to Newfoundland, going into that tournament without any domestic momentum is surely less than desirable. Still, presuming that CCB are once more going to field a less than full strength side, it is tough to see them being the favourites here and Croatia certainly are not about to feel bad for anybody.

Rovers Hurricanes v Club Inter EDC
Without sounding like a broken record, once more it appears that Inter are going to struggle to score goals this season. After a 0-0 to start the season against Coquitlam they needed until injury time to register their first tally of the season this week. Unfortunately for the "Italians", by that point they had already given up a pair of late goals to Pegasus and would go on to lose the match 2-1. At least the former Chileans seem to be resolute defensively, which may be what they will need to rely on week to week. That said, knowing every game that if you concede a single goal getting three points is nearly impossible because scoring more than one goal in a match yourself is a foreign concept does weigh on the psyche. Rovers are not exactly playing teams off the park the way they did the season they won the VMSL, Provincials and Nationals, but they are scoring goals regularly. They are also scoring goals from multiple sources with five different scorers through two matches, none of whom are Golden Boot winner and former TFC man Nick Soolsma, though you wouldn't expect that trend to continue for much longer. Until Inter can find regular goals they have to be underdogs, especially against a Rovers side looking to maintain a perfect start to the season.

Pegasus v Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves
Not sure too many had Peg off to a 2-0-0 start based on their season last year, but they were full value for their win over newly promoted Columbus on Opening Day and found the late goals they needed to get maximum points against Chinter last week. Former Whitecap Sahil Sandhu looks to be back to his best form; after scoring only six goals the whole of last season he has two in two so far this year. Metro Ford could use that type of production offensively. After a 0-0 against Inter their offense spurted to life against Croatia with Juan Sanchez scoring from the penalty spot and adding another. Carlo Basso has been silent through two outings and that has to be becoming a concern. The Tri-Cities boys look to be in a bit of a transition at the minute, trying to integrate younger players, but surely Basso remains a massive key to any success they will have this year. Peg have had a great start to the year and will be looking to take advantage once more against another offensively challenged side. Coquitlam really will not want to remain hovering around the bottom of the league for much longer as this type of poor start cost them Provincial Cup qualification two seasons ago. Expect a strong effort from Metro Ford in this one and I think it is likely that the team split the points.

West Van v Columbus
It has been a tough start to life back at the top level for Columbus. They have put in a pair of strong performances, but have nothing to show for their efforts. Unfortunately, that is simply life in the big leagues. For a newly promoted side, the Italians likely know that their season will come down to their results in the matches against the other relegation candidates and, to that end, their strong performances, albeit in losses, are likely laying the foundation to have a good go at those games, assuming their spirits have not been crushed before then. West Van are certainly up and running for the season with six points already as they look to challenge for the league title. After looking like scoring goals may once again prove to be the former Trollers sticking point on Opening Day, they bust out with four against North Shore rivals Norvan and notched their first clean sheet in the process as well. One goal against in two games is very much the West Van way. They will be looking to keep another clean sheet against Columbus this week and, with the way these two teams play, you certainly would not bet against them doing it. Look for another competent performance from the Italians, but their big match is next week against FASA; West Van to have too much quality in this one.

Rino's Tigers v Burnaby Selects White Eagles
When the schedule first came out Rino's probably did not exactly love it. VMSL Champions Croatia followed by Provincial Champions CCB LFC. Well, two weeks and two wins later things are looking an awful lot rosier as Tigers now get a chance to tangle with newly promoted White Eagles. Historically, both these sides have been known for their goal scoring. Their attack is what got Burnaby back into Premier and it appears as though, even at a higher level, they will still have a penchant for being able to find the back of the net. They exploded for five against FASA last week, but they were also able to penetrate a usually the usually stout West Van defense in their opener, which might say slightly more about their ability to get goals at this level. Top scorer Matlash Vladyslav, who had 18 last year, currently leads the way in Premier with four goals in his first two matches. It remains to be seen if they can score constantly against teams at this level, though this week's match against Rino's should go some way to filling in that piece of the puzzle. As for Rino's, most of the pieces of their vaunted offense of the recent past have moved on. Last season's top three leading scorers Declan Rodriguez, Erik Edwardson, and Alberto Cirac-Perez plus their leading scorer from the season prior in Connor MacMillan have all moved on to opportunities abroad, Ahmed Alghamdi is with Pacific FC while players like Joel Padmore, Ellie Gindo and Kristian Yli-Hietanen have swapped allegiances within the VMSL playing for Croatia and CCB LFC respectively. Tiger's head coach, former Swiss international Blaise Nkufo, is never short of options to replace those who have departed and picking up Farivar Torabi from Division 1 Burnaby Metro after he led that league in scoring last season is one way to fill the void. Beyond him it looks like Ismael Longo and Yuto Kimura will be the players to whom Rino's turn to carry the offensive load and both were on target in their 2-1 win over CCB. Can they carry the team back to its regular goal scoring prowess? That is the question. After a pair of cagey one-goal wins, a match that sets up to be filled with wide open, attacking football against White Eagles might well begin to provide us with an answer. I am expecting plenty of offense in this one, but with their experience at this level, Rino's are surely favourites.

Guildford FASA v NorVan
Without a doubt NorVan were hoping to get their campaign off to a better start than no goals and no points from two matches. They finished safely ninth in their first year back in Premier last season, only one point behind Peg. It was a comfortable ninth as well, with no realistic fear of relegation. That was thanks in large part to a great start to the season that saw them go five unbeaten, after losing on Opening Day, and pick up 11 points in the process. They also only ever lost three matches in a row once. They are in a position to lose three straight to start the season if they cannot get a result against FASA this weekend. As pre-season relegation candidates, FASA stunned the league when they beat CCB on Opening Day, but they looked very much like the team everyone was expecting to see in their 5-1 loss last week to newly promoted White Eagles. Suddenly, given NorVan's early vulnerability, this looks like a match FASA might be able to get something out of and, if they do, that surely would have to set alarm bells sounding in the North Shore boys' camp. It is a long season, but this has to feel like a bit of a relegation six-pointer, even this early. NorVan were supposed to be looking up the table this season, not fighting for their lives, but another loss here might have to shift that paradigm. FASA would do well to come in with a realistic view of just how valuable these points could be for them in a bid for survival at this level, because NorVan surely will. I have to think, knowing how devastating a loss would be to their entire season, that the North Shore boys will pull themselves together to get a win here.
 
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CCB lose again! Went down 3-1 to Croatia tonight. They took the lead in the 8th minute through Milad Rahmati. He seemed to enjoy his goal! Was well take too. Croatia fought back to tie it up in 20th.

Half ended a couple of minutes early due to a Croatia injury, then they scored twice in second (54th and 80th minute), then had another player carried off near end. Things got a bit heated towards end and after full time. Lots of pushing. Kevin did well to not send anyone one and just warn them.

CCB carried most of the play but Croatia were deadly in the few chances they did get.
 

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Other Friday Night Lights results:

Sapperton 3-3 Chinter
Peg 3-1 MetroFord
 

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Saturday results:

Trollups 1-1 Columbus
Norvan 2-1 FASA
Rinos 2-1 BSWE

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Highlights from Croatia v CCB on Friday. Major focusing issues with camera unfortunately. Also seemed the lights at Burnaby Lake aren;t as bright this year. Might just be my imagination.

 
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Highlights from Croatia v CCB on Friday. Major focusing issues with camera unfortunately. Also seemed the lights at Burnaby Lake aren;t as bright this year. Might just be my imagination.

Is this CCB squad resting players for National or just bad start of season. Or have the players fractured to CCB Azad prem at FVSL. Tough to run 2 Prem team from same club.
 

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Is this CCB squad resting players for National or just bad start of season. Or have the players fractured to CCB Azad prem at FVSL. Tough to run 2 Prem team from same club.
There's no one from the Provincial Champion CCB team on CCB Azad.

They did however lose key players to Pegasus and Shaheen and of course have a bunch of guys currently tied up with college/university commitments.
 
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