Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
Stadium: Stade Saputo – Saturday, April 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 3/1
Montreal come into this tie as leaders of the Eastern Conference. They were victorious in their last outing, coming from behind to beat Chicago Fire 2-1.
The Impact have won the last two meetings between the sides and will be feeling confident heading into this fixture.
Mauro Biello’s Montreal have scored at least two in their last nine home Major League Soccer fixtures and have won all of those games so Toronto are up against it this weekend.
Toronto are 4th in the Eastern Conference heading into this tie which, considering they have played all six of their fixtures this season away from home, is a good position to be in.
They come into this tie having won 1-0 away at DC United which ended a four-game winless streak. Greg Vanney’s side have struggled for consistency this season, but we can expect that to change once their home fixtures begin in two weeks.
This tie will be a test for Toronto who have averaged just one goal a game, and with Montreal’s home goalscoring form in mind, they could struggle to take all three points here.
Montreal Impact have just three injury concerns ahead of this tie. Andres Romero and Cameron Porter are both expected to miss out, while Victor Cabrera is a doubt. Biello has the luxury of no suspensions or players nearing suspension through yellow card accumulation.
Toronto also have three injury concerns. Clement Simonin and Benoit Cheyrou are both out, while Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt. Vanney also has no concerns of players nearing suspension.
Montreal Impact’s form: W/L/L/W/W
Toronto’s form: D/L/L/D/W
Key Stat: Fortress – Montreal have won their last nine home Major League Soccer games.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker has already netted four goals this season including his side’s late winner last time out. He will be full of confidence.
Montreal Impact 2-1 Toronto FC – As the goalscoring form suggests Montreal will have just a little too much for Toronto and will remain top of the Eastern Conference after this Canadian derby clash.