Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, September 5 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Chicago Fire 13/5
Montreal come into the game having lost their last three in MLS by a solitary goal. More worryingly, in a crucial point of the season they have only managed two wins in their last seven.
All could be on the way up though as reports early in the week suggest that Didier Drogba could be in line for his first start in the Montreal Blue after previously coming off the bench in a loss to Philadelphia Union.
Montreal Impact’s record in MLS: P23 – W8 – D4 – L11Embed from Getty Images
Chicago are in the middle of another season of struggle as they are still searching for their first away win of the season, which is embarrassing for a club with an abundance of attacking talent.
With one win in five, they have demonstrated consistent negative results and have left themselves with it all to do if they are to make the playoffs with just eight games to play.
They are currently the only side not to win away in MLS and defensive frailties have left Frank Yallop disappointed time and again.
Chicago Fire’s record in MLS: P26 – W7 – D6 – L13Embed from Getty Images
Suffering with a weak squad, the Fire look set to miss out on the playoffs yet again this year and that will be a major disappointment for the organisation after such a busy preseason.
Montreal Impact will be without Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Hassoun Camara and Ignacio Piatti through injuries. Didier Drogba is doubt with a toe injury but should be fit to start his first game for the Impact. Maxime Crepeau, Ambrose Bitolo, Eric Miller, Johan Venegas, Kyle Bekker are all on international duty and Laurent Ciman is suspended.
Chicago Fire are missing defenders Adailton and Ty Harden through injury. Joevin Jones, Matt Polster Daniel Cyrus, Collin Fernandez and David Accam are all on international duty.
Montreal Impact’s last five: W/D/L/L/L
Chicago Fire’s last five: L/D/L/W/D
Key Stat: Chicago Fire haven’t won away in their last 20 matches in MLS.
Key Player: Dominic Oduro – Three goals in his last five appearances highlight the importance of Oduro in the Montreal attack. His eye for goal could cause Chicago huge problems on Saturday night.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact 2-1 Chicago Fire – Both sides are out of form and may see that as a chance to open out the game and have a go of it. Montreal being the home side should see them edge it as Chicago’s poor run on the road looks set to continue.