Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Wednesday, April 27 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: NYCFC 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal 19/10
NYCFC started the season well with a 4-3 win at Chicago, but they have not won since and come into this tie off the back of consecutive away defeats to Columbus and Philadelphia.
Patrick Vieira will be concerned that his side don’t seem to be improving. The club now have the same amount of points as they did at the same stage last season and there are few signs that the club is moving forwards.
Saturday’s 2-0 loss in Philadelphia saw NYCFC fire just one shot on target and there is now added pressure on the club’s attacking players to deliver.
Montreal have been inconsistent so far this season. They’ve won four of their first seven games but have lost three of their last five, so there is certainly room for improvement.
They enter this game sitting joint top of the Eastern Conference and know a draw will send them ahead of Philadelphia for at least a few days.
Didier Drogba has returned to the side after sitting out a handful of the opening games and he will now look to carry the team through the rest of the campaign, starting with his first ever match against New York City FC.
These two sides met three times last season, with New York City coming out on top with two wins to one. Both sides scored at least one goal in each game, though the Impact won the most recent clash 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in August.
New York City will likely still be without English midfield star Frank Lampard, although he is officially listed as ‘questionable’ along with Jack Harrison and Ethan White. Connor Brandt is definitely out. Mix Diskerud will hope to start after having to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday.
Montreal have three injury concerns heading into the game as Andres Romero and Cameron Porter remain sidelined, while Victor Cabrera is a doubt. Didier Drogba is set to spearhead the attack, with Dominic Oduro likely to keep his place on the right side of midfield.
New York City’s last five: L/D/D/L/L
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: New York City FC have an identical record (1-3-3) after seven games as they did last season. They lost their eighth game last term and will be desperate to avoid the same fate here.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker has scored three of his four goals away from home this season and will look to penetrate an NYCFC defence that has conceded five goals in its last two matches. He has the quality to unlock any defence when on form, and NYCFC will need to watch him closely.
New York City FC 1-2 Montreal Impact – This looks set to be another entertaining clash between two sides at opposite ends of the Eastern Conference table. New York City can’t seem to buy a win at the moment and their wait for a first home win of the season is likely to go on. Montreal may have lost to Toronto on Saturday, but they are a dangerous side and might prove too strong for NYCFC.