Real Salt Lake vs Montreal Impact:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Kick-off: 3:30 UK Time
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium (Utah).
Play-Off hopefuls Real Salt Lake and Montreal Impact look for a win when they meet at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah on Saturday evening.
Real Salt Lake failed to win their second game in a row after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by DC United. They have just one win from their last four games and are at the risk of squandering the good start to the league campaign.
Real Salt Lake were unbeaten in the first 6 games of the season, winning 4 of those. But since then, their form has been pretty inconsistent. They remain unbeaten at home this season, with 5 wins and 2 draws from 7 games so far.
Montreal Impact got back to winning ways with a 3-2 thrilling win against New England Revolution on Wednesday. They went 2-0 down inside the 30 minutes, but a double from Michael Salazar initiated the comeback, which was completed by an Ignacio Piatti penalty in the second half.
Montreal are unbeaten in the last 4 games and lost just once in the last 9. But they had drawn 6 matches during the period. Their away form is pretty poor and haven’t won in the last 4.
Real Salt Lake: Team News
Tony Beltran will serve his ban after getting suspended for the accumulation of yellow cards.
US international midfielder Kyle Beckerman is expected to start here since making his return from international duty at the Copa America.
Real Salt Lake: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Rimando – Phillips, Maund, Glad, Beltran – Mulholland, Morales, Beckerman – Plata, Movsisyan, Martinez.
Montreal Impact: Team News
The attacking midfielder Andres Romero and strikers Cameron Porter are sidelined with respective injuries, while defensive midfielder Calum Mallace is short on fitness.
Didier Drogba missed Montreal’s last match with a knock remains a major doubt. Michael Salazar, who score twice against New England is the likely replacement if the ex-Chelsea striker fails to pass fitness in time.
Montreal Impact: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Bush – Tissot, Cabrera, Lefevre, Oyongo – Bernier, Donadel, Bekker – Piatti, Drogba, Venegas.
Real Salt Lake vs Montreal Impact: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met four time and share 2 wins each, with the home team emerging victorious in all occasions.
They had met only once in each of the last four MLS seasons, the latest of which was played on May 2015; hosts Montreal ran out 4-1 winners on that occasion.
Real Salt Lake vs Montreal Impact: Predictions
These two sides involved in Saturday’s clash are in a similar state of form. They are on a decline after a good start to their season campaign. But Real Salt Lake are a formidable side at home and I expect them to come out as eventual winners from this fixture.
Neither of them are goal shy, but also vulnerable at the back. So I expect to over 2.5 goals in this tie, with a higher probability to see atleast one goal before half-time.
Montreal Impact forward Ignacio Piatti has scored 10 goals in this season’s MLS and is second in the scoring charts. He had found the back of the net in 3 of the last 4 games and I will be backing to score any-time.
Real Salt Lake vs Montreal Impact: Tips
- Real Salt Lake to win
- Ignacio Piatti (Montreal) to score any-time
- Over 2.5 goals
- Both Teams to Score.