Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs Orlando City
Venue: Olympic Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 16:00 ET (20:00 GMT)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 17/20 – Draw 12/5 – Orlando City 100/30
The Impact are searching for their first win of the season, whereas opponents Orlando will be searching for their second win, although they come into this game off the back of a home defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Montreal will be playing in front of their own fans for the first time in this MLS season after two consecutive away games.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando’s mixed start to their debut season in MLS sees them currently sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference, only one point behind leaders New York City, but level on points with the New York Red Bulls.
Montreal are excelling in the CONCACAF Champions League and are just one game away from the final.
If they can take that kind of form into their MLS season, they will be staring down the table as opposed to looking up it.
A creditable draw away at New England last weekend could be a platform on which they can build a successful season and shock the critics who had immediately written them off at the beginning of the campaign.
For Montreal Impact, the huge news is that rookie Cameron Porter is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury that he picked up against New England. Dominic Oduro could return after his knock last weekend though. Much like other MLS teams, some players have been called up for international duty and Montreal will be without Ambroise Oyongo, Laurent Ciman and Maxim Tissot. The good news for the Impact is that Romario Williams will not be travelling with the Jamaican national team and should be available.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City’s Martin Paterson is still struggling with a hamstring injury, while there is still doubt over Carlos Rivas, Bryan Rochez and Cristian Higuita. The Lions will be even more depleted than Montreal as several players have been called up by their national sides including Brek Shea, Rafael Ramos, Darwin Ceren, Cyle Larin, Estrella, Conor Donovan and Kevin Molino.
Montreal Impact’s form: L/D
Orlando City’s form: D/W/L
Key Stat: Montreal Impact didn’t win any of their opening eight matches last season.
Key Player: Kaka – Orlando will be without a whole host of key players but Kaka’s sheer brilliance and genius on the pitch will prove too much for the Impact.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 0-1 Orlando City – It’ll be a difficult game for the Lions but they should scrape through by just the single goal.