Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Venue: Stade Saputo – Wednesday, June 3 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Vancouver Whitecaps 19/10
Montreal come into the game off the back of a 3-0 loss to Chicago Fire at the weekend and will want to return to winning ways on Wednesday night in front of their own fans.
After winning two on the bounce against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, the Impact were set back as the Fire took all three points.Embed from Getty Images
Sitting in ninth in the Eastern Conference at the moment, Montreal will want to be pushing for a playoff spot and despite being written off early on, they pose a threat for other challengers.
They need to pick up points at home and will see Wednesday’s game as a winnable one.
Montreal Impact’s 2015 MLS record: P9 – W2 – D2 – L4
Vancouver have endured an inconsistent patch after a very impressive start to 2015. So much of an good start that they were being tipped for a Supporters Shield challenge, but that has faded a little in recent weeks.Embed from Getty Images
Much of their drop in recent form is down to the drought in front of goal for star striker Octavio Rivero, as the Uruguayan has scored just once in his last eight appearances.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P14 – W7 – D2 – L5
Vancouver do remain favourites, however, despite their lack of form. But Montreal pose a huge threat and do not be surprised if the Impact win on Wednesday in this intriguing Canadian battle.
Montreal Impact look set to be short of up to ten players this week. With Justin Mapp, Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Dominic Oduro, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera and Eric Miller all expected to miss the tie. Dilly Duka and Andres Romero are both doubts for the game, while Ambroise Oyongo is away with the Cameroon team.
Vancouver Whitecaps have Andre Lewis, Sam Adekugbe and Marco Bustos reportedly missing. Octavio Rivero is expected to keep his place up front despite a lack of form in front of goal. Deybi Flores and Darren Mattocks are both away on international duty this week.
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/W/L/L/W
Key Stat: Montreal have never scored against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: David Ousted – The Whitecaps ‘keeper will have to be at his best to keep the Impact out yet again.
Montreal Impact 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Vancouver are the better side and should just edge this one, though expect a strong fight from Montreal. It could be a low scoring affair as both teams will want to remain tight at the back.