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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution and Montreal Impact lock horns in an Eastern Conference clash at Gillette Stadium on the final weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season.

The Revs have the faintest hope of securing a top six finish and thus reaching the playoffs, needing both a heavy win here and relying on Philadelphia Union suffering a huge loss at home to the New York Red Bulls in order for a huge swing in goal difference.

Jay Heaps’ side would go level on points with Philadelphia should they win and the Union lose, but making up a 12 goal difference is most unlikely.

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It means this fixture will essentially come down to seeing out the season with pride even though they’re set to agonisingly miss out.

Montreal Impact have already secured a playoff berth thanks to their 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend, although a win could lift them to fourth should DC fail to win against Orlando, giving them a higher seeding.

Form going into the playoffs can be vital, so Mauro Biello will be urging his side to maintain focus and build confidence heading into the postseason.

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The Impact are unbeaten in their last three games (W2, D1) and will want to keep that run going by recording consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England run out as 3-1 winners in Montreal just a month ago, while the last clash at Gillette Stadium in October 2015 resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Impact.

Team News

New England will be without Brad Knighton (suspension) and Xavier Kouassi (knee), while Je-Vaughn Watson (groin) is a doubt.

Montreal’s Andres Romero remains out with a knee injury. The Impact could make a few changes with a view to avoiding injuries going into the playoffs.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

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

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have lost just one of their last six MLS meetings with New England Revolution (W3, D2).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – An obvious choice, but it’s impossible to look past the Argentinian, given his incredible form this season. He’s the third top goalscorer in MLS with 17 and has also contributed six assists – an impressive return.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – The Revs essentially have little to play for, but will want to sign off for the season in style, while Montreal will want to keep morale high in the camp. A score draw seems the most probable outcome here.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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