Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, July 4 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – New York City FC 23/10
The two sides are separated by a single point and a win here could prove crucial come the end of the regular season for two sides desperate to make the top six.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form thus far, but they have managed three wins in their last six so they will want to build on these victories and pick up points more regularly, if they are to make the playoffs.
Montreal Impact’s 2015 MLS record: P14 – W5 – D3 – L6
They still have several games in hand on teams around them so supporters will feel confident of a playoff place so long as they can pick up points at home.
New York City will still be hurting after the 3-1 New York Derby loss to the Red Bulls last weekend and will need to bounce back quickly to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.Embed from Getty Images
They have reason to be optimistic however, as they won the reverse fixture 3-1 last month and had won three in a row before the loss to their local rivals last Sunday.
New York City FC’s 2015 MLS record: P17 – W4 – D5 – L8
Frank Lampard recently started training with the expansion franchise so things are beginning to come together. The English midfielder will be available to play from July 8 when the MLS transfer window reopens.
Montreal Impact will be missing Adrian Lopez, Justin Mapp, Cameron Porter and Kenny Cooper as they all remain out injured. Hassoun Camara and Eric Miller remain doubtful. Maxim Tissot is on international duty and Patrice Bernier is suspended.
New York City FC are without George John and Tony Taylor through injury. Khiry Shelton, Connor Brandt, Ryan Meara and Josh Williams all remain doubtful. Mix Diskerud is away on international duty with the USMNT.
Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: W/L/W/L/D
New York City FC’s last five in MLS: D/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Montreal have won their last four home games in MLS.
Key Player: David Villa – World Cup winner David Villa has been a sensation in recent weeks and is relishing the lone striker role. He will keep Montreal’s defence busy.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 0-1 New York City FC – This looks set to be a close encounter, however don’t be surprised to see New York City bounce back to win by a single goal.