The Eddies seem to always fare better within the confines North of the American border than they do South of it. Both of Edmonton's losses this year have been on the road while they have stayed unbeaten at home. They will look to continue that streak when the Lone Star State Scorpions come to visit.
San Antonio finally earned their first win of the season last week against the visiting Railhawks. They will look to capitalize on that momentum and get another win and move up the standings for the first time this year.
Last season & Outlook.
The Scorpions went 1-1-1 against their opponents from Alberta last year, with both teams winning at home and the Scorpions taking a draw at home as well. San Antonio leads the all-time series against FC Edmonton, 5-3-3, where all three losses came in Edmonton, including two draws. Edmonton doesn't draw huge crowds, nor are they the league's strongest side, but for some reason they have a home field advantage like no other. All NASL teams struggle when they visit Edmonton. History doesn't bode well for the Red & Black to get a victory in Alberta on Sunday, but they may have a slight advantage.
Edmonton played a tough match against MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night in the Canadian Championship earning a 1-1 draw, which really felt like a loss. The Eddies were leading for most of the game after an early goal but their defense faltered late in the game when the Whitecaps were able to equalize. San Antonio should be well rested when they face the Eddies and should have an advantage since they didn't play a midweek game.
Players to watch.
San Antonio will look to Omar Cummings, its leading scorer, to make a big impact for the visitors. His life will be made easier if Billy Forbes has a solid game as well. Forbes is an assist machine; he led the league in assists last year and while he only has one this season, he is always creating space for our strikers. If those two players have good games, San Antonio will have a great chance to get their first victory in Alberta.
San Antonio will have to have an eye on Tomi Ameobi and Lance Laing. Both players are dangerous in the attacking third and will give the Scorpions' defense a run for their money. We'll see how fit they are in this game since they both played huge parts in the Eddies' Canadian Championship draw midweek.
It's tough to say that San Antonio will change its history of draws & losses in Edmonton this Sunday, but I do think that they will have an advantage that, if taken, should allow them to win. I'm predicting a 2-1 win for the San Antonio Scorpions. A late Edmonton goal will put pressure on the visitors and make all San Antonio fans nervous for the last 10 minutes or so.
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