Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Kick-off: 22:30 UK Time
Venue: Stade Saputo, Montreal (Quebec).
MLS Play-off hopefuls Montreal Impact host an inconsistent New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference battle on Saturday evening.
Montreal Impact are fourth in the Eastern Conference table with 21 points from 15 matches, five behind leaders Philadelphia Union. Their standing in the league doesn’t tell the whole picture as they are a team that managed just 1 win from their last 10 matches. However, 7 of those 10 were draws, while 2 were defeats.
New England Revolution are 8th in the Eastern Conference standing, managing just 4 wins out of their 16 matches so far. After a disappointing start to the season, they have started putting things together by winning three of their last 5 games. At the same time, they remain a poor side on the road after failing to win in 7 of their 8 away games so far this season.
Montreal Impact: Team News
Forward Cameron Porter and attacking midfielder Andres Romero are struggling with injuries and are expected to miss the match against New England Revolution. While defensive midfielder Calum Mallace is a huge doubt for Saturday’s clash as he is short on fitness.
Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will lead the attack with Ignacio Piatti and Johan Venegas being his deputies.
Montreal Impact: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Bush – Tissot, Cabrera, Lefevre, Oyongo – Bernier, Donadel, Bekker – Piatti, Drogba, Venegas.
New England Revolution: Team News
Gershon Koffie, Darrius Barnes and Charlie Davies are doubts for the match as the trio is struggling for fitness. Head Coach Jay Heaps is expected to start with a 4-2-3-1 line-up as he look to end their bad away run.
New England Revolution: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Shuttleworth – Smith, Goncalves, Farrell, Woodberry – Caldwell, Koffie – Rowe, Nguyen, Fagundez – Agudelo.
Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution: Head-to-Head Stats
Montreal are unbeaten in the last 4 meetings against the Revolution, with the latest two being wins with clean sheets.
Montreal also lead the overall head-to-head record with 6 wins from 11 meetings against New England, while they lost 3 and drawn 2.
However, New England managed to win 2 and drawn in 1 of the 6 trips to Montreal.
Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution: Prediction
The overall form of the teams are pretty similar and are either managers are looking for quick fixes to end the inconsistent form. Montreal are unbeaten in their last 5 home games, but managed just 1 win, while drawing 4. While New England are on a terrible run away from home and won just once whole season. Both teams are capable of scoring goals, at the same time they struggle to guard their own defense.
Montreal are slight favourites for this tie, but I suspect this is going to end in a high scoring draw. I will be backing the goal markets for this tie and expect both sides to get on to the score sheet.
- Both Teams to Score
- Double Chance – Montreal/Draw
- Over 2.5 goals.