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MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Montreal Impact

Orlando City vs Montreal Impact Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Camping World Stadium – Sunday, October 2 – 13:00 ET (18:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Orlando 21/20 – Draw 23/10 – Montreal 5/2

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Montreal Impact to Camping World Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a tie that can have an impact in the race for a playoff finish.

Recent form for Orlando looks likely to have cost them the chance of reaching the playoffs this season, but while it is still mathematically possible they have to continue fighting to make it into the top six in the Eastern Conference.

They’re five points behind the pack with three games remaining, all Jason Kreis can ask of his players is to give it their best and hope results go in their favour.

Orlando ended their three-game losing streak in midweek, drawing 0-0 with Toronto. Before that outing they had conceded 12 goals in three games.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City

Montreal Impact are closing in on a playoff finish. They are currently 4th in the East on 41 points, five above the red line.

Mauro Biello will be pleased with how his side performed in midweek, as they won 3-1 at home against San Jose.

That win was the first in four attempts for Montreal and it should give them the confidence to go on and finish the regular season with some positive results.

Impact are yet to beat Orlando in their regular season meetings in 2016, losing both the previous games, but they will see this as a chance to take all three points.

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Team News

Both Orlando City and Montreal Impact have the luxury of limited injuries. Orlando have a fully-fit squad, while Andres Romero remains the only player out for Montreal.

Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: W/L/L/L/D

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Orlando City finally stopped the trend of conceding at least four goals. Before their 0-0 draw last time out, they had conceded 12 in three games

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker bagged his 15th goal of the season in their midweek win. He has had an incredible campaign and will be looking to cause a shaky Orlando defence problems. MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact Ignacio Piatti

Score Prediction

Orlando City 1-2 Montreal Impact – Montreal to pick up their first win of the season against Orlando. The home side have really struggled for form of late and Montreal will fancy their chances of all-but securing their playoff spot.

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