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MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs LA Galaxy

Montreal Impact vs LA Galaxy Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. LA Galaxy

Stadium: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 28 – 20:00 ET (01:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Montreal 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 11/5

Match Preview

It’s 5th versus 5th this weekend as Montreal Impact welcome LA Galaxy to Stade Saputo in a tie which has the makings of one to watch as East meets West in Canada.

Montreal had seemingly become the draw specialists up until last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Orlando. That result ended a four-game unbeaten streak of draws for the Impact.

Impact trail top spot in the Eastern Conference by three points and know how difficult this tie could be. They will have to be prepared for LA to frustrate them throughout the game but will be out to seal all three points.

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LA Galaxy’s unbeaten run continues after their 1-1 draw with San Jose last time out. That was their second draw on the bounce but will have left them frustrated after creating numerous chances.

Galaxy are sitting seven points off top spot in the Western Conference, but do have two games in hand. They need to focus on turning some of their draws into wins to give themselves the best chance of challenging for the Supporters’ Shield title.

Bruce Arena’s side have the least amount of losses in MLS so far this season, with only one defeat, they are looking strong but will be tested in this tie.

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Team News

Montreal Impact could be without as many as five players for this one. Andres Romero, Cameron Porter and Donny Toia are all expected to miss out. Didier Drogba and Victor Cabrera are both doubts.

LA Galaxy have no injury concerns heading into this one. Jelle Van Damme is one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s form: D/D/D/D/L

LA Galaxy’s form: W/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten run to nine games with their draw last weekend.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker has the qualities to end Galaxy’s unbeaten run here if he is on form. He has netted seven goals so far this season and is a player that can unlock any defence in a flash.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact Ignacio Piatti

Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-2 LA Galaxy – Galaxy to extend their unbeaten run with their third draw on the bounce. These two will be hard to separate throughout the tie as Montreal will be eager to improve on their loss last time out and Galaxy are proving very tough to beat.

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