Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Stade Saputo – Wednesday, August 5 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)
Match Odds: Montreal 6/4 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 13/8
The Impact beat New York City 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night, following up their 1-0 home win over Seattle the week before. They will be looking to win a third straight league game for the first time this year on Wednesday night as they look to move further up the Eastern Conference.
They are now sitting in the final playoff place in sixth place, five points behind the Red Bulls in second with a game in hand, so Wednesday’s game is a big one for both teams.Embed from Getty Images
The Red Bulls travel to Stade Saputo in fine form themselves after back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. They followed up a 2-0 win at Orlando with a 3-1 road win in Philadelphia last time out and will be high in spirits.
Jesse Marsch will be returning to his former side, as will Karl Ouimette and Felipe Martins, but all three will be looking to bring three points back to New York as they look to remain in second in the East.
This will be the first meeting between the two this year. New York have a four-game unbeaten league streak alive against Montreal, winning three of the last four MLS matches. Although Montreal won the last home meeting when they met in the CONCACAF Champions League last September.
Montreal Impact will be without Cameron Porter and Kenny Cooper, while Justin Mapp is a doubt. Dominic Oduro could continue up front as Didier Drogba is not yet ready to make his debut.
New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch has two injury worries ahead of the clash as Chris Duvall and Ronald Zubar are set to miss out again. The Wright-Phillips brothers should both start together after Shaun assisted Bradley on Saturday.
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/L/W/W
New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Montreal have won six of their last seven home games in MLS.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker leads his side in goals and assists and has been a real star this year. Expect him to be a danger for the Red Bulls defence on Wednesday off the back of his two-goal performance at New York City FC last time out.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 1-1 New York Red Bulls – These two both come into the game in good form and will be looking to extend their unbeaten runs in this midweek clash. But that could lead to a cagey game as neither will want to lose and so a low-scoring draw looks most likely.