Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, March 18 – 14:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New York City 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal 12/5
New York City FC welcome Eastern Conference rivals Montreal Impact to Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a game which will have plenty to offer.
Patrick Vieira’s side come into this tie having demolished DC 4-0 last weekend. New York looked likely to score with each attacking and were defensively sound when put under pressure.
The NYCFC fans would have been delighted to see how their talisman David Villa linked up with new DP Maximiliano Moralez and that’s a partnership which has the potential to be one of the most deadly in Major League Soccer this season.
It’s been a slow start for Montreal Impact. They have picked up just one point from their two games and find themselves under pressure to get a result here.
After watching NYCFC last week we can expect Mauro Biello to set his side up to play on the counter. The vision of Ignacio Piatti to feed the pacey Dominic Oduro is a deadly combination that will be key to unlocking their opposition.
Montreal are going to have to be tighter at the back than they were last week. With ten minutes to go the points looked to be heading their way but complacency got the better of them. If their backline is not switched on here they will be punished.
Mikey Lopez is out for New York City FC this weekend as he has undergone ankle surgery.
Andreas Romero is Montreal’s only injury concern so Biello has a near fully fit squad at his disposal.
New York City’s form: L/W
Montreal Impact’s form: W/D
Key Stat: New York City FC have impressive home form, they’ve won eight of their last ten games at Yankee Stadium.
Key Player: David Villa – The Spaniard got off the mark last weekend with a classy brace. He’ll be looking to score for his second consecutive home game and fire NYCFC to victory.
New York City FC 2-1 Montreal Impact – NYCFC to make it back-to-back wins in a tight game. Montreal certainly have the class to trouble New York but they have looked shaky at the back in their opening two fixtures – early season struggles to continue.