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MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact

Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, May 30 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 1/1 – Draw 23/10 – Montreal Impact 5/2

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host in-form Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Toyota Park looking to end their winless run, having not recorded a victory in their last four matches, only amassing two points in that time. Montreal, however are flying high with back-to-back wins over Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.

Frank Yallop’s side have won just three games this season against teams that will also be vying for the playoff places in the Eastern Conference, with wins over Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC and New York City FC all coming at home.

A win against Montreal Impact would inject huge amounts of confidence into the side before they head to DC United on Wednesday as no team has yet to win at RFK Stadium this season.

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Montreal Impact are starting to put together a strong run of form and look to be in good shape.

Montreal sit behind their opponents by three points and have been brilliant in their last two matches, earning back-to-back victories against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas in games in which they were underdogs.

The Impact still have a lot of matches to make up for in the MLS season due to CONCACAF Champions League commitments.

A Montreal win at Chicago would see them go level on points with the Fire and having played three games less, that would be a major boost.

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The last time these two met they played out a 0-0 draw in Chicago. Montreal, however have not lost in the last five meetings between the two sides.

Team News

Chicago Fire could welcome back Mike Magee after eight months on the sidelines with a hip injury. But Patrick Nyarko is still expected to be out with his long-term ACL injury.

Montreal Impact will be without Adrian Lopez (knee) and Justin Mapp (elbow). Cameron Porter is still a long-term absentee with his torn ACL, while Kenny Cooper (knee) and Dominic Oduro (groin) are also out. Along with these injuries, Hassoun Camara could be welcomed back along with Victor Cabrera and Eric Miller.

Key Points

Chicago Fire last five: W/L/L/D/D

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

Key Stat: Montreal have failed to win in their last 20 away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Argentine has been excellent so far this season, registering two goals and two assists, and he will look to add to his tally against the Fire.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 Montreal Impact – The Impact are in terrific form, scoring six in their last two against teams who were involved in last season’s playoffs in Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. They will look ahead to the Chicago Fire game with some real optimism and could pick up a third victory on the bounce here.

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