The Group A meeting between Congo and Austria is being billed by the coaches as a clash of opposing styles and as their young gunslingers prepare for a showdown in the province of festivals, cowboys and rich natural resources, Edmonton is braced for an intriguing duel.
In a group featuring highly-fancied Chile and tournament hosts Canada - teams who are both tipped to make a strong impression at the FIFA U-20 World Cup - the pressure is on Congo and Austria to get their campaigns off to a positive start.
African champions Congo report no injury concerns but the Austrians have three players carrying knocks. Defender Markus Suttner is struggling with a foot strain, while midfielders Martin Harnik and Michael Stanislaw are also not fully fit, though all are expected to be ready to play by Monday.
This is the first competitive meeting between Congo and Austria at all levels of international football and for the Congolese it is their debut match in the U-20 World Cup, having featured in the U-17 finals of 1985 and 1991. Austria, meanwhile, are back in the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 1983 in Mexico, where they exited at the group stage.
"We came here as champions of Africa and that means we are not just representing Congo... this is for all of Africa. We want to show the strength of the continent and to represent everybody well. We have studied Austria and we know what to expect from them but I think it is more important that we stick to our own game plan." Congo coach Eddie Hudanski.
"Every day we get more and more motivated to get out there for this first match. Austria have their own way of playing and they are very good at what they do but it is better for us to think about what we can do and not worry about them." Congo goalkeeper Destin Onka.
"Our preparations were good. We had three training camps featuring full practice matches and now all our focus is on facing Congo. Their philosophy is very different to ours and it will be a difficult game for us." Austria coach Paul Gludovatz.