Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
Venue: Stade Saputo – Sunday, October 16 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: Montreal Impact 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Toronto 21/10
Mauro Biello’s side are sitting 4th in the Eastern Conference on 44 points, five behind Toronto, depending on results going their way, Montreal can still finish the season in third place.
Montreal come into this one having won their last two games. The latest of the two, a 1-0 away win over Orlando.
The Impact have had a strong season and will be looking to take some form into the playoffs, but they have to ensure they get there first. Biello’s side are above the red line by five points. Their fate is in their own hands.
Toronto are still in the running to finish top of the East. Though they cannot win the Supporters’ Shield, topping their conference would cap off an impressive regular season.
Grey Vanney’s side are just two points behind both New York franchises, so the remaining two fixtures for all three sides are extremely important.
Toronto have been in great form on the road, winning their last three. They do however, come into this one without a win in four, all home games. This will have frustrated their fans no end, as they could have been in the running to win the Supporters’ Shield had they won those games.
Their latest outing was a surprising defeat to DC, a result they will be looking to forget and patch things over with in this tie. Toronto know they’re in for a tough game with so much at stake.
Andres Romero remains the only injury concern for Montreal Impact.
Toronto could well be welcoming back Sebastian Giovinco in this tie but Vanney offered no guarantees, so the injury list remains just two players as Ashtone Morgan is expected to be out, while Gio is questionable.
Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/L/W/W
Toronto’s last five: W/D/D/D/L
Key Stat: Away form – Toronto have won their last three games on the road.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Argentine has netted an impressive 15 goals this season as well as registering four assists. Piatti has struck fear into opposition defenders since the start of the campaign and that will be no different this weekend.
Montreal Impact 2-2 Toronto – A draw would not be a surprising result given the magnitude of this tie. Neither side will be coming into it expecting to lose and the intensity of the game could certainly spice things up.