Cavalier, Rivoli in crucial RSPL clash
A place above the relegation zone is not where Rudolph Speid, coach of Cavalier, thought his team would have been at this stage of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), and this could get worse if they achieve any other result but win when they play away at bottom of the table Rivoli United.
Blessed with talent but plagued by injuries, Cavalier will have to go against their season form book to affect their fortunes positively.
"We have issues. There are injuries and other things, but I think we are getting over them, but one of the things we have to be aware of going into this game is that we tend to play well against the better teams and have bad results against teams below us. So based on our record, it is going to be a difficult game," said Speid, summing up his team's situation.
Add to that the fact that Cavalier have not won a single away game this season and the reasons for Cavalier to worry increase. Speid, however, puts a positive spin on things.
"It has to change. We had a good game against Montego Bay on Monday last and should have won.
"The fact is that we are on our way up. The last five games we only lost one, a contentious game against Arnett Gardens, and the five games before, we lost four and drew one so our record bears that out," Speid explained.
Rivoli United, despite their position on the table, are a competitive unit and can get the better of any team in the league on their day. They are capable of scoring goals and with Cory Burke, the second leading scorer in the league on nine, they have a player who will cause problems for any team.
A major weak point for Rivoli is the number of goals they concede. Their 19 goals conceded are only better than the promoted UWI FC and Boys' Town, who struggled at the start of the season. This situation could benefit Cavalier's leading scorer, Chevone Marsh.
-3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Boys' Town - Wespow Park
- 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC - Juici Park, Clarendon
- 3 p.m: Rivoli vs Cavalier - Drax Hall, St Ann
- 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Reno - Edward Seaga Stadium
- 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Harbour View - Drewsland Stadium
- 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion - Anthony Spaulding Complex