MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact 

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, June 6 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Columbus 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal Impact 7/2

Match Preview

Columbus Crew entertain Montreal Impact on Saturday evening as they look to bounce back from their midweek defeat.

Crew’s loss to Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night leaves Gregg Berhalter‘s side without a win in their last four games.

Their last win came against Seattle Sounders and they are going to need to pick things up to avoid their winless streak becoming a problem.

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Crew have seen their best form of the season come at the MAPFRE Stadium and they haven’t been beaten at home in four games.

Montreal Impact come into the game after their impressive 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday evening.

The Impact have now won three of their last four games and Frank Klopas‘ side are four points off the playoffs having played four games less than Philadelphia Union in sixth.

Klopas has a real problem with numbers as his injury list is the worst in Major League Soccer at the moment.

Jack McInerney scored in midweek and he will be hoping to add to his season tally of three as the pressure is on the available Impact players to perform under the strain of the injury problems.

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Team News

Columbus Crew have three injury concerns as Wil Trapp, Matt Lampson and Chris Klute are sidelined. Michael Parkhurst is available again after his missing out against Philadelphia through suspension.

Montreal Impact’s injury woes continue with up to ten players out. Justin Mapp, Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Dominic Oduro, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera and Eric Miller all expected to miss out. Dilly Duka and Andres Romero are doubtful and Ambroise Oyongo is away on international duty with Cameroon. Marco Donadel desperately needs to avoid getting booked and picking up a suspension as Klopas already has enough to worry about with his selection.

 Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/D/D/L

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

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have failed to win in any of their last 21 away games and they haven’t beaten Columbus Crew in their last five attempts in all competitions.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – Crew missed his presence in the midweek game, which was already lost by the time he entered the frame. He will be hoping to show how valuable he is to his side this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-1 Impact Montreal – The Crew to put their winless streak to an end with the Impact still struggling to win away from home in a game neither side can really afford to lose.


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