Competition – Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: RFK Memorial Stadium – Saturday, May 6 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 5/2
Montreal Impact travel to the capital to take on DC United on Saturday night as two of the Eastern Conference’s inconsistent sides go head-to-head in the hunt to climb a competitive table.
DC United have been disappointing on the whole so far this term and will be looking to kick on when they finally settle on a consistent side as rotation has affected results so far. However, injures cannot be helped at times and they must ensure they pick up points when key players are missing.
Coming off the back of a huge away win in Atlanta last weekend, DC will be hopeful of a continuation of their performance there. Having said that, goals have been an issue thus far, with Ben Olsen’s men only managing to find the back of the net nine times in their eight matches so far.
Coupled with an ever-changing back four, rotation must stop soon if they are to succeed. And with a minor injury to Bill Hamid potentially threatening his availability, DC will need to find that settled back four to provide long-term stability.
Montreal have been equally, if not more disappointing this season and an over-reliance on Ignacio Piatti is clearly on show.
They remain competitive but are lacking a goalscorer to propel them up the table. A key example comes from the fact they accumulated 18 attempts on goal against Vancouver last weekend, with just four of them on target and only one ending up in the back of the net in that disappointing 2-1 loss.Embed from Getty Images
Any side that loses a player of Didier Drogba’s calibre is going to suffer to some extent. But the lack of an out-and-out scorer is proving a major problem for Mauro Biello’s side.
These sides met three times in total last season, with the pair drawing both regular season games 1-1 before Montreal emerged victorious in a 4-2 win at DC United in the knockout round of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.
DC United are without five senior players. Rob Vincent (Knee), Eric Klenofsky (Knee), Steve Birnbaum (Concussion). Patrick Nyarko (Hamstring) and Nick DeLeon (Abdominal strain) are all missing. Bill Hamid is struggling to overcome a groin injury but could still start.
Shamit Stone (Foot), Andres Romero (Hamstring), Victor Cabrera (Ankle) and leading front man Matteo Mancosu (thing) will all miss this key away trip for the Impact through injury. Young forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is listed as doubtful.
DC United’s last five: W/W/L/D/W
Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/W/D/L]
Key Stat: Montreal Impact have failed to win any of their last six away regular season games in MLS.
Key Player: Luciano Acosta – Argentinian play maker Acosta is in great form at the moment, having scored three in his last five matches. He will cause problems for Montreal and whether or not they can stop him will be a key factor in the outcome of Saturday’s game.
DC United 1-0 Montreal Impact – With the two sides struggling their way through MLS at present, it’s really tough to split them. However, given home advantage, as well as an encouraging result in Atlanta last week, we see DC just edging this one.