MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, October 17 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Montreal Impact 14/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Montreal Impact on Saturday night only needing a point to secure their place in the Eastern Conference playoffs, with Montreal needing all three to guarantee theirs.

Without a win in three, the Revs have stuttered and supporters will feel they should probably be sitting in second in the Eastern Conference instead of in fourth.

Winning seven of their last eleven has helped to keep them in the playoff slots but they need to get over the line now and a win, or even draw on Saturday will see that happen.

New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P32 – W13 – D8 – L11

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Montreal Impact have been the surprise package of this season’s MLS season and deserve a slot in the playoffs as a result.

Orlando City’s win on Friday night means they are only a point clear of the Lions coming into the last two fixtures. They have won four of their last six and could secure the last playoff place with a win on Saturday.

A special mention has to be made for Didier Drogba, who has been little short of amazing so far in his short Montreal career, acting as a catalyst for the side and also adding valuable goals to their cause.

Montreal Impact’s record in MLS: P32 – W13 – D6 – L13

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Team News

New England Revolution are only without Darrius Barnes for this one as the defender is set to miss the rest of the season.

Montreal Impact are without Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Andres Romero as all three remain out. Justin Mapp and Kyle Bekker are both doubts.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/L/D/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in their last six home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Didier Drogba – The Ivorian striker has had a sensational impact on Montreal (no pun intended) and looks set to fire them into the playoffs this year.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – Both sides have had good seasons, although New England will feel they should have done better. But with the playoffs in sight for both, we think a score draws seems most likely. Montreal need the point more than the Revolution at this stage.


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