Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, August 29 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – Orlando City 16/5
Toronto host Montreal Impact on Saturday evening with both sides working hard for a playoff place in the Eastern Conference as the two go head-to-head in the latest 401 Derby clash as part of Heineken Rivalry Week in MLS.
Toronto are sitting fourth in the East on 34 points and come into the game off the back of their 5-0 thumping over Orlando City.
Greg Vanney will be pleased that his side got back on form with that impressive result after losing their previous two games. Toronto cannot afford to give away silly points, they are 12 points ahead of bottom side Chicago Fire but any side from seventh down still have a chance of making the playoffs.
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have been in brilliant form this season and have proved to be very difficult for opposition sides to keep out. Having netted 26 of Toronto’s 42 regular season goals between them, they will be feeling confident heading into this one against a Montreal side that has conceded 32 times this year.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact’s last regular season game was their second successive defeat by a 1-0 scoreline. Frank Klopas will be disappointed with his side’s recent form as they have now failed to win in their last three games.
They are sitting in sixth place with 28 points and are more than capable of finishing in a playoff spot. Klopas will be hoping new signing Didier Drogba will impress and he could in line for his first start. The 37-year-old powerhouse’s addition should have given the squad a lift and his leadership qualities on and off the field will no doubt be a great help.
Montreal are yet to win in Toronto since they joined MLS, losing five and drawing four of the nine meetings between the sides at BMO Field. They know this weekend’s tie will be a real test.
Impact have struggled on the road this season, having won just two of their ten away games, they lost the earlier meeting in the campaign 3-1 and will be looking to finally put their winless run at BMO Field to an end.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto FC will are still without Mark Bloom, as he is out for the season. Damien Perquis and Luke Moore are both doubtful. Nick Hagglund is one booking away from suspension.
Montreal Impact have four injury concerns. Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Hassoun Camara are out, while Ignacio Piatti is a doubt. Laurent Ciman and Marco Donadel are both one booking away from suspension.
Toronto FC’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/L
Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: L/W/L/D/L
Key Stat: Montreal have conceded at least two goals in their last five regular season away ties.
Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – You cannot overlook the Italian. He has had a brilliant debut season and has caused opposition defences chaos. His 17 goals in 24 games make him the player to watch in this one and Toronto are a force when he is in this kind of form.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact – Toronto to prove just too much for the Impact and win their second game on the bounce, taking another 401 Derby win with them.