Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, August 20 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – Chicago Fire 9/2
Impact are sitting 5th in the East, five points off of top spot. They have a comfortable six point lead on 7th place so they just need to make sure they keep picking up points to guarantee a playoff finish.
Montreal come into this one off the back of their 3-1 defeat to RBNY. They were ahead in the tie for all of one minute.
This is a tie Mauro Biello’s side really should be taking all three points in. They are favourites against a Chicago side who struggled on their travels.
Chicago Fire are sitting bottom of the East heading into this tie despite the fact that only two sides have conceded less goals than them in the conference so far this season.
This is the second meeting between Chicago and Montreal this season. The earlier meeting ended 2-1 to Impact at Toyota Park, a sickening result for Fire as the winner came in stoppage time.
Chicago drew with Orlando last weekend, a positive result, but it will be a big ask for them to build on that here.
The stats make for bleak reading for Chicago ahead of the tie, they haven’t won on the road in 28 Major League Soccer outings. The Fire haven’t enjoyed playing at Stade Saputo in recent times, they have lost their last four there.
Montreal Impact have just the three injury concerns ahead of this tie as Andres Romero is out, while Harry Shipp and Patrice Bernier are both doubts.
Joao Meira is Chicago Fire’s only injury concern heading into this tie.
Montreal Impact’s last five: L/W/D/W/L
Chicago Fire’s last five: L/L/D/L/D
Key Stat: Chicago Fire have failed to win any of their last 28 away ties in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – Montreal’s most consistent performer will look to open up Chicago Fire’s defence this weekend. He has netted 13 goals so far this season.
Montreal Impact 3-1 Chicago Fire – Montreal Impact to pick up a routine three points against a Chicago Fire side who just cannot get a win on their travels.