- Who: Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry
- Where: TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- When: Saturday, September 2, 2023
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Two of the top teams in the Canadian Premier League meet on Saturday in Ottawa when Atletico Ottawa faces Cavalry at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. Cavalry is the No. 1 club in the Canadian Premier League standings with a record of 10 wins, six draws, and five losses, which gives them 36 points. Atletico Ottawa is the No. 3 team heading into this matchup. The home squad on Saturday, Ottawa, has nine wins, five draws, and eight losses during the 2023 season, which gives the club 32 points. Ottawa is the defending regular-season champion of the Canadian Premier League. Forge FC are the defending playoff champions of the Canadian Premier League, having won the title in three of the four seasons the league has staged a postseason.
The 2023 Canadian Premier League season started on April 15 and runs through October 7. Both Ottawa and Cavalry have seven games remaining on their regular season schedule. If the teams stay on their current trajectory, both clubs will make the playoffs, which sees the top five squads of the eight-team league join the postseason. Last season, four teams made the playoffs. Cavalry lost to Forge in the semis, while Ottawa fell to Forge in the final.
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Canadian Premier League: Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry betting picks
Canadian Premier League: Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry betting breakdown
Atletico Ottawa enter Saturday’s game coming off a draw at home, but considering their opponent, that result will sit fine with Ottawa. The club played to a 0-0 draw against Forge in that August 26 matchup. Ottawa finished the month with an unbeaten record, winning two games and playing to a draw in another two. The club has not lost since July 23rd when they dropped a game to HFX Wanderers in an away matchup. The team has not lost at home since falling 1-0 to Forge in May. Ottawa is plus eight in goal differential on the season, and they have Ollie Bassett, who is tied for the league lead with 10 goals.
Cavalry is currently the top team in the Canadian Premier League with a league-leading goal differential of 11. They are the only team in the league with a double-digit GD. Cavalry won three games and lost one in August while outscoring their opposition 8-4 with two shutouts. The club is coming off a 1-0 win over Pacific. The one thing to note about Cavalry heading into this matchup is that they have losses in their two most recent road games, falling to Valour 3-2 in August and getting shutout by Ottawa in July by a score of 1-0. Cavalry’s leading scorer on the season is Myer Bevan, with nine goals.
Canadian Premier League: Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry head-to-head
The head-to-head history of these Canadian Premier League teams does not tell a pretty tale for Cavalry. Atletico Ottawa and Cavalry have met a total of 11 times, Ottawa has eight wins in those games, while Cavalry has two victories. They have played to a draw on one occasion. Over the course of those games, Ottawa has scored 19 goals as compared to Cavalry’s nine goals.
Cavalry does have a road win against Ottawa.
Best Bets for Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry
These two clubs might be the hottest teams in the Canadian Premier League heading into September, and it will be interesting to see where they finish when the regular season concludes. It would not be a surprise to see them in first and second place when the season ends. As for Saturday’s game, Ottawa has been playing excellent at home, and the number of victories they have over Cavalry in total make them the betting pick to pick up three points on Saturday and move into striking distance of first place in the Canadian Premier League.
Best Atletico Ottawa vs. Cavalry bet: Ottawa to beat Cavalry
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