Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium – Saturday, April 22 -13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 13/5
The two bottom sides in the Eastern Conference go head-to-head on Saturday night and as both sides will see this game as a winnable game, it could make for a good watch.
Still yet to register a win this season, Philadelphia are far from where they should be at this stage. And with four successive losses there are no signs of things improving anytime soon. The players aren’t performing and Jim Curtin is under pressure as a result.
Home form is a huge issue for the Union, having taken only one point from a possible nine at the Talen Energy Stadium this year. Much of this could be put down to the fact they have yet to win the battle for possession of the ball in any of their home games – something that’s unlikely to change against Montreal on Saturday.
The Impact are currently second-bottom in the East, which is far below expectations of this team as it possesses some serious talent. With only one win so far, something has to change very soon.
The return of Ignacio Piatti saw them take all three points against 10-man Atlanta last week, and he’ll be hoping to lead Montreal up the table now.
They have lost both of their away games at Western opposition this season but have picked up draws in both trips to Eastern rivals. Philadelphia are in a bad way and so the Impact will be looking for all three points here.
There has been a red card in three of the Impact’s four away games this season so keeping 11 men on the pitch will be key if they are to pick up their first win on the road this term.
These two sides met three times last season, with the Impact going unbeaten against the Union. They picked up a 5-1 win either side of 1-1 draws but have yet to win away at Philadelphia in MLS.
Philadelphia Union are without some key first team players as Josh Yaro (shoulder) and Maurice Edu (ankle) remain out. John McCarthy is out with concussion and Ken Tribbett is out with an ankle sprain. Warren Creavalle is questionable with a calf contusion.
Montreal Impact will be missing Shamit Shome and Andres Romero with foot and hamstring injuries, respectively. Victor Cabrera is a doubt with a leg injury.
Philadelphia Union’s form: D/L/L/L/L
Montreal Impact’s form: D/D/D/L/W
Key Stat: Montreal have failed to beat Philadelphia in the last six meetings between the two sides.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – Arguably on his day the best player in the league, Piatti possesses the ability to change games extremely quickly and is often the difference-maker. We expect much of the same in this clash as he will look to inspire Montreal to back-to-back wins following his return from injury.
Philadelphia Union 1-3 Montreal Impact – Going on recent form its difficult to see either side as a clear favourite, although given a clear lack of confidence from the Union we expect it to be comfortable for Montreal, who will be looking to build on last week’s win over Atlanta.