Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, October 10 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
Match Odds: Colorado 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal 19/10
Colorado Rapids host Montreal Impact on Saturday night in this weekend’s only MLS game, with the Impact needing three points to reaffirm their grip of the last remaining playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Colorado will be out to prevent Montreal winning this, especially as it will be the Rapids’ final home game of the 2015 season.
They sit bottom in the Western Conference, as they have for much of the campaign, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention last weekend as they fell 2-1 to rivals Real Salt Lake.
Colorado Rapids’ 2015 MLS record: P31 – W8 – D10 – L13Embed from Getty Images
It’s all about planning for next season again but Pablo Mastroeni will want to end the club’s five-game winless run sooner rather than later.
Montreal lost 2-1 at the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night and now have just this game in hand over chasing playoff rivals Orlando City and New York City.
A loss in Colorado will put the team in a real position of panic with two games to play after Saturday’s match. They had won three on the bounce before their four-game road swing began last weekend.
Montreal Impact’s 2015 MLS record: P31 – W12 – D6 – L13
A 2-1 loss at Orlando was followed by that defeat in New York and the Impact’s shocking away record means it’s tough to see them winning here.
They have only won two of their last 32 away games in MLS and need to address those issues quickly.Embed from Getty Images
This will be the fourth ever meeting between the two sides. Colorado have won all three of the previous games, scoring 11 times.
Colorado have just two worries heading into their final home game of the campaign. Michael Harrington is ruled out with a foot injury, while Axel Sjoberg is doubtful.
Montreal travel to Colorado without Kenny Cooper and Cameron Porter, while Justin Mapp and Kyle Bekker remain doubts. Didier Drogba will start in attack, though Dominic Oduro may also start if head coach Mauro Biello is feeling bold.
Colorado Rapids’ last five: L/D/L/L/L
Montreal Impact’s last five: W/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: There have been 17 goals in the three previous meetings between these two sides – an average of more than five per game.
Key Player: Didier Drogba – Montreal need the Ivorian striker to continue his fine goalscoring form if they are to pick up a much needed win here.Embed from Getty Images
Colorado Rapids 2-2 Montreal Impact – Really tough game to call. Montreal need the win more than the hosts but Colorado will be desperate to put in a good display in their final home game. Goals are to be expected but we’re going to go with the draw. A result that will leave Montreal with work still to do in the playoff race.