Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, May 7 – 19:30 EST (00:30 GMT)
Match Odds: Columbus Crew 5/6 – Draw 13/5 – Montreal Impact 16/5
Crew are still struggling in games and sit 9th in the Eastern Conference as a result. Not many would have predicted this sort of season for them and they need to work on turning things around.
Gregg Berhaulter’s side come into this one off the back of their 1-0 loss against Seattle, which ended their two game winning streak, their only two wins of the season so far.
Scoring has been a problem for Crew who have netted just seven goals in their eight games. In their three home outings they have won twice, so it appears that home form would be their best chance of pusing their way up the table.
Montreal Impact are sitting top of the Eastern Conference and are mounting a solid challenge for the Supporters’ Shield. Impact have already beaten Columbus Crew earlier this season, a 2-0 victory at home.
There is a little room for improvement for Mauro Biello’s team, who come into this one off the back of their 2-2 draw against Colorado.
Impact were in a winning position in the game against Colorado so will be ruing a missed chance to get back to winning ways. They are now winless in three (D2, L1)
Columbus Crew have two injury concerns, Gaston Sauro and Mohammed Saeid are doubts.
Montreal Impact have five players carrying injuries. Andres Romero, Cameron Porter, Donny Toia, Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Hassoun Camara are all expected to be out.
Columbus Crew’s last five: D/L/W/W/L
Montreal Impact’s last five: W/W/L/D/D
Key Stat: Columbus have only lost once in seven all-time MLS home meetings against Montreal.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker will be looking to breakdown the Crew defence who despite their lowly position in the league have only conceded ten goals.
Columbus Crew 1-2 Montreal Impact – Montreal to get back to winning ways and inflict more misery on Columbus.