Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact;
MLS Eastern Conference;
Date: Saturday, 8th May 2016;
Kick-Off: 0:30 GMT;
Venue: Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus.
Columbus Crew will look to get back to winning ways as they host the MLS Eastern conference leaders at Mapfre Stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Columbus saw their 2 game winning run put to an end, by Seattle Sounders last weekend in a 1:0 defeat, Columbus held on till the last 2 minutes when they were condemned to defeat. Columbus have won only 2 games this season and are in the 9th place with only 8 points but their home form can console them as they have won their last 2 home games .
On the other hand, Montreal will be looking to extend their lead on the Eastern Conference table, as they have been on a 3-game winless streak.
They come into this game from a 2:2 draw as Former Chelsea man Didier Drogba scored but it wasn’t enough to give them 3 points. Montreal sit are on top of MLS Eastern Conference table with 14 points a point above Philadelphia Union in 2nd place.
Montreal don’t have a convincing away form, they have lost two games, won 2 games and drawn 1 in their five away games.
Columbus Crew: Team News
Mohammed Saeid and Gastro Sauro are both doubts for the game as they are not yet Certified match fit.
Columbus Crew: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Clark – Francis, Wahl, Parkhust, Afful – Saeid, Trapp – Meram, Higuain, Finlay – Kamara.
Montreal Impact: Team News
Andreas Romero, Cameron Porter, Maxime Crepau are all injured and wont be available for this game.
Montreal Impact: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Bush – Oyongo, Lefevre, Ciman, Tissot – Bekker, Donadel, Bernier – Venegas, Drogba, Piatti
Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact: Head to Head
Montreal have dominated their recent head to head ties, they have won of their last 5 games against Columbus.
Montreal have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 games against Columbus.
Columbus are good at home against Columbus, they have won 6 of their 7 games against Montreal at home.
They have scored 2 goals in 6 of their 7 games at home against Montreal.
Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact: Prediction
Montreal are favourites to claim all 3 points against the Crew though they are playing away from home and they are top of the table and have had a better form this season than the Crew at the moment. I also expect inflow of goals in this games and judging by their goal record in their past ties and expect the game to see at least 2 goals.
This games is extremely hard to predict as Columbus Crew will be giving their all to get out of the bottom of the standings, but I believe Montreal have the quality to continue their unbeaten run and emerge 2-1 winners in this game.
- Best Bet: over 1.5 goals at full time.
- Big Money Bet: Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) to score last.