Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, August 1 – 12:00 ET (19:00 BST)
Match Odds: New York City FC 1/1 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5
Both teams come into this game level on 24 points in the Eastern Conference. However, Montreal have three games in hand on NYCFC and will be looking to open up a three point gap with a victory away from home in this one.
New York City have only kept three clean sheets all season which is something they will be looking to put right in the upcoming fixture against Montreal and will hope the arrival of Andrea Pirlo can fix things in all areas of the field.
New York City FC’s 2015 record in MLS: P21 – W6 – D6 – L9
Montreal will be looking to overturn their poor form away from home and will be hoping to add just their second road win of the season in this one. As well as looking to improve upon their away form they will also be looking to shore things up at the back after conceding 18 goals whilst on their travels.
With only one clean sheet away from home all season, Montreal will hope that their attackers are in top form if they have any chance of sealing all three points.
The arrival of Didier Drogba is a huge coup for the club and he will instill a winning mentality in the side as they look to make the playoffs.
Montreal Impact’s 2015 record in MLS: P18 – W7 – D3 – L8
The previous game at Yankee Stadium ended 3-1 in favour of NYCFC and the MLS Expansion Franchise then won 2-1 in Montreal so they’ll be looking for a clean sweep here.
New York City FC are without George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt through injury. Frank Lampard, Khiry Shelton, Ryan Meara and Chris Wingert are all doubts but could feature. Mehdi Ballouchy and Jason Hernandez are both serving suspensions.
Montreal Impact are missing Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Eric Alexander through injury. Hassoun Camara and Justin Mapp are both doubts.
New York City FC’s last five: L/W/D/L/W
Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/W/L/W
Key Stat: Montreal have only registred one away win in their last 26 matches in MLS.
Key Player: David Villa (New York City) – He has been in great form all season and continued last week by scoring twice in a 5-3 victory. With Montreal known for conceding goals away from home we cannot see past the Spaniard continuing his fine form and netting again Saturday night.
New York City 3-2 Montreal Impact – With New York’s poor home form and Montreal’s poor away form, it’s tough to see anything but a home win. This game will be end-to-end with lots of goals but it’s NYCFC who are most likely to come out victorious.