Montreal Impact vs New York City: Preview and Prediction

Montreal Impact vs New York City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 22:00 UK Time
Venue: Avaya Stadium (San Jose).

It is the top of the table battle in Eastern Conference when fourth placed Montreal Impact host group leaders New York City FC at the Saputo Stadium on Sunday evening.

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Montreal Impact stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 6 matches with the 1-1 draw at Portland on Wednesday. They had lost just once in the last 11 MLS matches, but drawn majority of the games. Their overall record in the last 11 matches read 2 wins, 8 draws and 1 loss.

New York City have 20 points from 20 matches they played so far this season. They are just a point ahead of an inform Philadelphia Union, who played just 19 matches and will be in action against New York’s city rivals Red Bulls. Montreal, who are at 4th are on 26 points, but played 2 matches fewer than New York City and they could effectively leapfrog the three teams above them if they can use their remaining matches wisely.

New York City FC are coming on the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat away at Kansas City. They were on a four match winning streak prior to that, but were also win-less in the previous four. They are the best away side at the moment in MLS and gathered a total of 16 points from 9 matches they played so far, with 5 wins and a draw.

Montreal Impact: Team News

Andres Romero is injured is expected to miss Sunday’s clash, while Marco Donadel is a minor doubt.

Didier Drogba, who missed the last few matches with an injury is expected to return to the starting line-up against New York City FC.

Montreal Impact: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)

Bush – Tissot, Cabrera, Lefevre, Oyongo – Bernier, Donadel, Bekker – Piatti, Drogba, Venegas.

New York City: Team News

Patrick Vieira has no major injury concerns, but Federico Bravo and Ethan White are minor doubts and will be closely assessed towards the kick-off.

New York City FC: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)

Saunders – Allen, Mena, Brillant, Hernandez – Pirlo, Lampard, Iraola – McNamara, Villa, Harrison.

Montreal Impact vs New York City: Head-to-Head Stats

The teams had already met once this season, on 27th April 2016 at the Yankee Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw.

They played against each other three times last season, New York City won two and lost one.

Three of the four meetings so far between these sides were played at the Yankee Stadium and the teams share a win each and a draw.

Their only MLS match at Montreal Impact finished in a 2-1 win for the New York City FC.

Montreal Impact vs New York City: Predictions

Montreal Impact had lost just one home game in this season’s MLS, while New York were on a five match unbeaten run away from home until their defeat at Kansas on Wednesday. So both teams had done well in their recent outings and are on a strong run of form. We can expect a highly tactical affair considering the respective league positions of the sides involved. This is an extremely difficult match to call and I believe the full-time result can swing in anyone’s favor.

But the hosts had struggled to kept clean sheets all season and this and conceded goals in 10 of the last 11 matches irrespective of the venue. Also the four MLS matches between these two sides had witnessed both teams scoring. So both teams to score is my recommended tip of this high profile encounter.

Montreal Impact vs New York City-Statistical-Prediction-Major League Soccer-17-July-2016

Montreal Impact vs New York City: Predictions

  1. Both Teams to Score.
  2. Over 1.5 goals.