Forge vs. Pacific – Canadian Premier League Final, Sunday, December 5, 2021
Forge will be looking to secure a third consecutive title when Pacific visits Tim Hortons Field for the 2021 Candian Premier League Final this Sunday, December 5.
Once again, the Hammers have been the dominant force in the CPL this year. Can they cap off another standout season by lifting the trophy this weekend?
PFC, on the other hand, is competing in its maiden CPL final. Pa-Modou Kah’s men finished just five points behind Forge in the standings, so they will fancy their chances of upsetting the odds.
On the topic of odds, let’s check out the bookmakers’ prices for the 2021 CPL Final. After that, I will analyze the two finalists before sharing my Forge vs. Pacific prediction and betting pick.
Forge vs. Pacific – 2021 CPL Final Odds
It is no real surprise that all the leading online soccer sportsbooks view Forge (1.80) as the clear favorite to win the 2021 Canadian Premier League Final.
Not only have the Hammers won each of the past two CPL titles, but they have also lit up the league throughout the current campaign – underlining their superiority.
Although Pacific (3.30) heads into the final as the obvious underdog, it is important to remember that anything can happen in this one-off match.
Forge vs. Pacific – Head-to-Head
Unfortunately for Pacific, Forge has totally dominated this fixture since the Canadian Premier League began back in 2019.
The teams have already faced each other on three occasions this year. Forge sealed back-to-back victories in July before condemning PFC to another defeat in September.
- Forge 2-1 Pacific
- Pacific 1-2 Forge
- Forge 3-0 Pacific
It is also worth pointing out that Forge comes into Sunday’s showdown on a six-game winning streak against Pacific. The Hammers scored 14 goals and kept three clean sheets during that period.
Still, we need to take a closer look at the teams before settling on a 2021 Candian Premier League Final prediction for Forge vs. Pacific.
Forge Team News and Analysis
Bobby Smyrniotis’ men won 16 of their 28 regular-season games, registering two draws and the losses along the way.
They actually finished level with second-place Cavalry on 50 points, with third-place Pacific trailing five points behind. However, they finished atop the standings thanks to their superior goal difference.
Mo Babouli and Woobens Pacius have both contributed eight goals and two assists across all competitions. David Choiniere has impressed, too, chipping in with six goals and two assists.
At the opposite end of the field, Triston Henry (8) and Baj Mann (3) have kept 11 clean sheets between them. Henry looks set to get the nod between the sticks for the final.
Pacific Team News and Analysis
Pacific made a seriously strong start to the 2021 CPL campaign, losing only three of its opening 19 games. Since then, however, the team has struggled for consistency.
Despite seeing just 37% possession last time out, PFC managed to overcome Cavalry in the semifinals. Kah’s side benefitted from an own goal deep into extra-time after throwing away the lead.
The British Columbians have won just three of their previous 12 CPL games inside 90 minutes. Needless to say, their preparations for the final have been ravaged by a poor run of results.
Terran Campbell and Alejandro Diaz will need to be at their very best on Sunday. The forwards have combined for 25 goals this season – more than half of the team’s overall tally.
Forge vs. Pacific Prediction and Pick
Forge to Win1.80
Backing Forge is the only sensible option here. The Hammers are the strongest team in the CPL by some distance, so I fully expect them to lift the trophy on Sunday.
Don’t get me wrong, Pacific is by no means a bad team. Kah’s men have scored goals for fun this season and thoroughly deserve their place in the final.
The Hammers have won eight of their nine meetings with Pacific over the years, scoring 21 goals in the process. Meanwhile, PFC has only managed to score six goals in reply.
Need I say more?