Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, July 25 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 3/1
Both teams are just three points away from their season objective. The Impact are three points behind Orlando in the last remaining playoff spot in the East, but do have more games in hand than any other side, while Seattle are three points off top spot in the Western after a terrible run of recent form saw them lose their grip of top spot.
Sig Schmid’s men have really struggled with big name stars such as Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, who have both been out for several weeks.
The Sounders have lost five of their last six and come into the game off back-to-back 1-0 losses to Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids.
Dempsey won’t feature again on Saturday night, while Martins is still out so things aren’t yet looking promising again for last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners.
Montreal have also been struggling of late, with just one victory in their last five MLS matches. That did come in their last home game though and they will be looking for a similar performance from the one that saw them beat Columbus 3-0 two weeks ago.
Their early season CONCACAF Champions League run means Montreal have played fewer league games than anyone else and so they know a playoff spot is still very much up for grabs with three months left of the regular season.Embed from Getty Images
The last time these two met in Montreal saw Seattle win 2-0 in last year’s clash and this will be just the fourth ever league meeting between the two.
Montreal have several concerns as Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Eric Alexander, Hassoun Camara and Justin Mapp are all unlikely to feature.
Seattle will still be without Dempsey and Martins, while Andres Correa and Stefan Frei are also injury concerns. Brad Evans remains away on international duty with Dempsey.
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/D/L/W/L
Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/W/L/L
Key Stat: Seattle have lost their last four away games in MLS.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Impact playmaker has three goals and one assist in his last four games and will look to hurt a Seattle team that are struggling for any sort of form.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 3-1 Seattle Sounders – Neither side are in good form but with Seattle still without Dempsey and Martins, it’s tough to see them winning away from home. Expect the Impact to rise to the occasion and pick up three vital points.