Match Preview vs HFX Wanderers

Match #28

VALOUR FC (6-8-13) vs. HFX WANDERERS (10-9-8)

When: Friday, October 6th, 6:30 p.m. CTWhere: IG Field, WinnipegTickets: to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all Canadian Premier League games live PREVIEW:The season finale for Valour FC and it comes with one last opportunity to make a favourable last impression in what has been a disappointing campaign.Already eliminated from the playoff picture, Valour is playing for pride and adopting the ‘spoiler’ role against a Wanderers side that could finish as high as second depending on other results this weekend.Valour is in last place in the standings with a 6-8-13 mark – six wins, eight draws, 13 losses – three points back of Vancouver FC with one match remaining for each club. Vancouver hosts York United FC later Friday night.Valour is coming off a 2-1 loss to league-leading Cavalry FC in rainy Calgary last week, a match in which Walter Ponce scored his second goal in as many matches to open the scoring, but then surrendered twice in the final few minutes of the first half.Friday’s finale is also the club’s Fan Appreciation match, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.THE OTHER GUYS:3 Facts about HFX Wanderers FC:-The Wanderers are currently in fourth spot and have clinched a playoff spot but with 39 points could still finish as high as second, a place currently held by Forge FC, which has 42 points on an 11-9-7 record. Forge faces Atletico Ottawa Saturday afternoon.-Wanderers are coming off a 2-1 win over Forge last weekend, but are just 2-1-3 in their last six matches.-Midfielder Massimo Ferrin leads HFX with seven goals, while goalkeeper Yann-Alexander Fillion has six clean sheets, tied for third most in the CPL.

VALOUR FC SPOTLIGHT:#22: Matteo de Brienne, FW: He’s been a bright light in a tough season, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 19 matches for Valour this season. He’s got eyeballs on him from the MLS reportedly, and is in the conversation for Canadian U-21 Player of the Year.Read more on de Brienne here:

CRITICAL NUMBER0A critical number indeed… Valour has not made the playoffs in any of its five previous seasons dating back to the inaugural year of 2019.All-Time: Valour FC vs. HFX Wanderers FCOverall: (win-draw-loss): 5-3-10Last meeting: August 26 at Wanderers Grounds, Halifax, NS: HFX Wanderers 3 Valour FC 0