Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, October 3 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando City 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 11/4
Orlando are outsiders for a playoff place as it stands, sitting 7th and trailing their opponents Montreal, who sit 6th, by four points.
The home side come into this one off the back of their impressive 5-2 away win over the New York Red Bulls, making it three wins on the bounce. They will need to win all of their remaining fixtures, and have other games go their way, if they are to stand any chance of making the playoffs in their inaugural season.
This is the first regular season meeting between the sides at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, with the earlier meetings in the regular season both being away ties for Orlando. They are yet to beat Montreal, drawing one 2-2 and losing the other 2-0.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal Impact have also won three on the bounce and are unbeaten in their last six in total. They come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win over DC United and look to be in good shape.
Montreal know their fate is in their own hands and they just need to continue this great run of form to ensure they remain in the last remaining playoff spot.
A loss in this one would not a catastrophic result due to their two games in hand over Orlando but they will be desperate to increase the gap to seven points over their opponents and continue to send out the message that they mean business as the regular season draws to a close.
This is the first of four away games in succession for the Impact, so they need to remain high in confidence in this tough run of fixtures. They will hope Didier Drogba can carry on his impressive scoring record to strike fear into opponents away from Stade Saputo.
Orlando City have six injury concerns ahead of this one. Kevin Molino and Conor Donovan are out, while Harrison Heath, Corey Ashe, Pedro Ribeiro and Seb Hines are all doubts. Discipline is going to be key for Orlando here as they have Darwin Ceren, Cristian Higuita, Brek Shea and Rafael Ramos all one booking away from suspension.
Montreal Impact are expected to be without Cameron Porter and Kenny Cooper, while Justin Mapp is a doubt. Laurent Ciman and Andres Romero are both suspended and Marco Donadel is one booking away from suspension.
Orlando City’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/W/W
Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: D/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Homesick – Montreal have failed to win 28 of their last 30 away matches in MLS.
Key Player: Didier Drogba – Montreal’s talisman has netted seven goals in his first six regular season outings for the club. He has quickly become a fan-favourite and is always deadly in front of goal.
Orlando City 2-2 Montreal Impact – Another tight tie between the sides to end with the same scoreline we saw earlier in the season.