Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. FC Dallas
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 23 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – Dallas 11/5
The hosts are looking to record back-to-back wins following their 4-1 demolition of Real Salt Lake last week, while FC Dallas are looking to further cement their place at the top of the Western Conference with a win.
Montreal Impact lay bottom of the Eastern due to CONCACAF Champions League commitments and have played only played six games so far.Embed from Getty Images
Due to their Champions League adventures, the Impact have failed to put a run of form together that can pull them from the bottom of the Supporters’ Shield standings. They picked up creditable draws against New England Revolution and Orlando City, but they had just two points until last week.
Andres Romero is off the mark after netting twice in the impressive win against Real Salt Lake, in what was an incredible match and well worth the wait for the Montreal Impact.
Montreal have conceded nine goals this season, which isn’t too bad, but they will need defenders to be on top form against an attacking FC Dallas side who know how to hit the back of the net.
FC Dallas failed to score last week in their 0-0 draw with New York Red Bulls at Toyota Stadium, making it three times this season they have failed to get on the scoresheet.
But nevertheless, no defeats in their last five matches has led them to the top of the Western and also top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.Embed from Getty Images
Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo have been absolutely brilliant this season. Perez has five goals, while Castillo has four with five assists, and the pair have been key in what has led to a fantastic start to FC Dallas’ MLS campaign.
The last time the two teams faced of at Stade Saputo, they played out a 0-0 draw. But last season’s meeting saw a 3-2 FC Dallas win in Texas.
Montreal Impact will be without Dominic Oduro, who picked up groin injury in the game against Real Salt Lake, plus injuries to Donny Toia (ankle), Hassoun Camara (knee) and Victor Cabrera (ankle) could leave the defence rather light. Montreal will continue to be without Cameron Porter (torn ACL), Kenny Cooper (knee surgery), Adrian Lopez (knee) and Justin Mapp (dislocated elbow).
FC Dallas have just the one injury concern as Stephen Keel (foot) is out. Zach Lloyd could be in contention after recovering from a knock.
Montreal Impact’s last five: D/D/L/L/W
FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/W/W/D
Key Stat: Montreal Impact have never beaten FC Dallas in MLS history.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian could run the show as he has proven to be a real threat to opposition defences throughout the campaign.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 0-3 FC Dallas – Nothing but a one sided affair. FC Dallas are on fire and it is hard to see where Montreal’s solidarity will come from, with injuries decimating the defence.