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Weekend Preview

By League1 Ontario staff, 08/04/23, 10:00AM EDT


The Men’s Premier Division takes centre stage when it comes to regular-season action, and there’s still plenty to play for.

Blue Devils player shoots at goal

Blue Devils defeated league leaders Scrosoppi in midweek

A battle for position

Getting the weekend’s soccer kicked off is North Mississauga traveling to St Catharines Roma Wolves as both teams look to bounce back after heavy defeats in their last games.

St Catherines suffered a 6-0 loss to Burlington, whereas North Mississauga lost 5-1 to Simcoe County Rovers. Both teams are one point apart in the standings so whoever comes out on top in this game will sit in 17th in the league.

Evenly-matched encounters

There are five games taking place on Saturday, the first of which is Darby verses Sigma. Sigma sit five points off the playoff positions in tenth, but a win isn’t going to come easily against Darby who are without a loss in their last five games, which contrasts Sigma who have only one win in their last five.

One of the biggest games of the weekend is Guelph United taking on Electric City as the winner of this game will sit in the final playoff position after Week 17. It should be a close game as the last time the two teams faced off it was a 0-0 draw, with Electric City currently in stronger form having only lost one game in their last nine matches.

Only one point ahead of Electric City and Guelph United are fifth-placed Alliance United who travel to FC London on Saturday.

Vaughan Azzurri face ProStars in a match the Azzurri must win to help their chances of finishing second and gaining a bye to the playoff semifinals. Vaughan currently have two games in hand on second-placed Blue Devils.

Battling at the bottom of the table is Master’s FA hosting Unionville Milliken. Both teams look to improve their form after losing their last two games, and whoever wins this game will move up to 19th in the table as only one point separates the two teams.

Burlington men's team huddle

Burlington and Hamilton United meet in a key battle for a 2024 Premier Division spot

Fight continues for L1O Premier Division spots

Windsor City welcome Woodbridge Strikers who are looking to create a gap between themselves and the teams outside the 2024 Premier Division qualifying positions. Woodbridge are currently only 0.50 ahead of both Burlington and Hamilton United who sit in 12th and 13th, either side of the dotted line.

To make matters even more exciting, Burlington and Hamilton United are facing each other this Sunday in a huge battle for a top tier spot next season. The last time the two teams met was the opening game of last season, and Hamilton beat Burlington 2-0 with two goals in three minutes.

Simcoe County Rovers can close the gap to the Blue Devils when they play one another in the first of three games taking place this Sunday. Blue Devils are currently only five points ahead of Simcoe in the league table, and beat leaders Scrosoppi 2-0 in midweek, so a win for Simcoe would give them a chance of a top-two spot.