CPL power rankings: Where does Football Manager 20 see all eight clubs by June?’s power rankings must carry on even if matches aren’t being played in the Canadian Premier League at the moment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week’s Football Manager 20 simulation saw Cavalry hold on to the top spot while York9 FC closed the gap.

Using Edward Hon-Sing Wong’s Canadian Megapatch, which adds Atlético Ottawa into the mix and makes crucial roster additions to the game, we’ve simulated another matchweek.

Oh, FM20 does not feature real-life schedules, so we’re following a random set of matches up to June 1, 2020.

Let’s see where all eight CPL clubs sit.

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 1. York9 FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 2
Record: 6-2-2

Y9 takes over the top spot following a big 2-1 win in Hamilton in the 905 Derby. First-half goals from Nicholas Hamilton and Adrián Ugarriza put the game out of doubt for Jimmy Brennan’s side, extending their unbeaten run to eight matches and moving a point behind first-placed Cavalry in the overall standings.

Upcoming Matches: Atlético Ottawa (H), Valour FC (A)

2. Cavalry FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 1
Record: 6-1-3

Cavalry FC drops down a spot after an unusual 1-1 draw with Valour FC on the weekend. Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s group was impressive in possession but was effectively countered by Valour on the road. The result ended Cavalry’s four-match unbeaten run and four-week-streak atop the power rankings.

Upcoming Matches: HFX Wanderers (H), Pacific FC (H)

 3. Atlético Ottawa


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 4
Record: 4-4-2

CPL’s new boys are taking no prisoners. An expressive 2-1 win over Pacific FC closed Ottawa’s playoff spot gap to a single point. They were effective going forward, but cracks began to show – especially as PFC earned four clear-cut chances. A tricky all-Ontario affair with York9 FC awaits Ottawa in Week 11.

Upcoming Matches: York9 FC (A), FC Edmonton (H)

 4. Pacific FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 3
Record: 4-3-3

The Tridents are leapfrogged by their weekend opponent after coming up short in Ottawa. A worrying trend showed itself this week as PFC has yet to defeat any of the teams above them on this list. Goalscoring isn’t the issue, though, as the Mo Babouli-Alejandro Díaz striking partnership has produced nine goals and four assists thus far.

Upcoming Matches: Valour FC (H), Cavalry FC (A)

 5. HFX Wanderers FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 6
Record: 4-6-0

The Wanderers have soared out of the CPL basement with back-to-back wins thanks to a 2-0 drubbing of FC Edmonton. Halifax was in complete control of the match, amassing 63 per cent possession, putting six shots on target, and keeping the Eddies from recording a single shot on target. Suddenly HFX is three points off a playoff spot, so who knows how high they can go?

Upcoming Matches: Cavalry FC (A), Forge FC (H)

6. Valour FC

MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 5
Record: 3-4-3

Keeping a playoff pace against all odds, Valour FC’s clutch home draw to league-leading Cavalry shows their defensive stability. It’s been a steady May for Valour, too, as they grabbed six points from five matches. Tough tests await in June, though.

Upcoming Matches: Pacific FC (A), York9 FC (H)

7. Forge FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 8
Record: 1-6-3

It’s not getting better for Forge, who has a league-worst six points from ten matches. They did show some life against Y9, though, getting a few decent looks on goal. Up next? Well…

Upcoming Matches: FC Edmonton (A), HFX Wanderers (A)

 8. FC Edmonton


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 7
Record: 3-5-2

Mayday. The Eddies failed to earn a single point in May, adding a 2-0 loss to Halifax as their fifth and final defeat of the month. FCE also failed to record a single shot on target on the weekend, ultimately extending a three-match goalless drought.

Upcoming Matches: Forge FC (H), Atlético Ottawa (A)'s projected CPL table using FM20. (June 1, 2020)’s projected CPL table using FM20. (June 1, 2020)