September 12, 2015: Ottawa Fury versus the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, ON. (Photo: Steve Kingsman/Ottawa Fury)

Preview: Strikers to host Fury in NASL Championship race

Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Ottawa Fury

Major Themes

  • The two clubs met each other last weekend and battled to a nil nil draw.  They both created chances but struggled to break each other down.
  • Strikers defeated Armada midweek and now sit in the 4th seed spot for the NASL Championship.
  • Ottawa Fury have dropped points recently but still look strong as they sit atop the Fall Season standings.

Last Time They Met

Who to watch.  

  • Oliver has scored twice in Fury’s last three matches and seems to have found his form since coming back from a string of injuries.
  • Peiser was solid when these two teams met last week, and his quick reflexes and strong presence in the box will be important in denying Fort Lauderdale goals.
  • Pinho currently leads the Strikers and NASL with 12 goals, and the Brazilian will certainly be someone to keep an eye on as Fort Lauderdale push forward.

What You’ll See

  • Expect to see two very organized teams that play strong tactically and try and take advantage of mistakes.   They battled out to a 0-0 seven days ago and a repeat of that scoreline is possible if neither team open up and get caught on the counter.

What You Wont See

  • Both coaches know exactly what to expect and it’s doubtful you’ll see it rain goals. With the defensive strength of Ottawa holding back the strong Strikers offense, it will take a goal or two early for either club to really open the game up.
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