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Preview & Prediction: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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Toronto take on Montreal Impact at BMO Field in the penultimate game of the 2014 season in an Eastern Conference clash on Saturday night.

Both sides are most likely to be fairly low on morale coming in to this game for slightly different reasons.

Toronto will probably still be feeling the effects of a 3-1 defeat against New York Red Bulls which has all but ended their hopes of finishing in a playoff place.

There is still faint hope for the Canadians, but they are relying on a minor miracle as they need to win both of their last two games and hope that Columbus Crew lose both of their last two.

It’s not out of the question as anything can happen in football, so they will still need to stick to their side of the deal here.

Inconsistency has been a problem for Toronto and they are on a run of 3 consecutive defeats, so they need to turn the tide to get a result against their Canadian rivals.

Toronto’s home form: Played 16 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 7

Montreal have had a season to forget as they’ve found themselves rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference for the entire campaign.

Moments to remember have been few and far between for them with just 6 wins all season, although they did pick up an impressive 2-2 draw with New England last weekend and are in one of their best spells of the season.

They haven’t won a single game away from home this season and this is their last chance to do so.

Putting it simply, the odds are heavily stacked against them getting a victory, but they’ve got nothing to lose and will look to pile misery on the Reds.

Montreal Impact’s away form: Played 16 – Won 0 – Drawn 4 – Lost 12

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – he’s Toronto’s top goalscorer but hasn’t scored since returning to action on 5th October against LA Galaxy so you would think he is due a goal, especially in what could be his final home game for the club.

If he has a good game, there is little Montreal will be able to do to stop him.

Key Stat: Montreal have scored just 13 goals away from home this MLS season – only Houston have scored fewer (11 goals).

Toronto’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/L/D/D

Prediction: Toronto 2 – 0 Montreal Impact

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)
MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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