Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: Stade Saputo – Saturday, May 20 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds – Montreal Impact 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – Portland Timbers 2/1
Montreal Impact host Portland Timbers on Saturday as they look to climb off the bottom of the Eastern Conference. With the Impact currently sitting fifteen points off top spot Toronto, a win is priority for a club that should be challenging for a playoff spot at the very least.
With just two wins from ten thus far, it’s fair to say Montreal are struggling. We put it down to as mentioned in previous weeks, an over-reliance on Ignacio Piatti as well as ill-discipline. With three red cards already, the Impact have been in the book way too often.
They lost 3-2 at home to Columbus last weekend and have now suffered defeat in back-to-back home games after a run of six unbeaten beforehand.
Portland have dropped off after a good start. After winning their first three, the Timbers looked fresh and exciting, but with one win in their last five they have fallen off the pace and need to bounce back.
Their recent away form has also been something to worry about as they have only managed two wins in their last 22 trips in the league, including their disappointing 3-0 drubbing at the hands of San Jose two weeks ago.
This genuinely feels like a game that has balance to it, we expect a cagey start but this game can open up very quickly as both sides will feel three points are manageable.
Montreal Impact will be missing Andres Romero (hamstring), Victor Cabrera (ankle) and Matteo Mancosu (thigh) through injury. Shamit Shome is a doubt with a foot injury.
Portland Timbers are without Gbenga Arokoyo, who is out for the season with an achilles tear, while Chance Myers is out with a hamstring injury. Darlington Nagbe and Jeff Attinella are doubts with hamstring injuries themselves.
Montreal Impact’s last five: W/D/W/L/D
Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/D/L/D
Key Stat: Montreal haven’t beaten Portland at home in MLS since April 2012.
Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Nigerian frontman has been in the goals once again this season. With six so far, he is the Timbers’ top scorer and will be tough to keep quiet here.
Montreal Impact 1-2 Portland Timbers – Portland’s recent form will give Montreal hope of taking something away from the game but ultimately we expect an away win, given how good Portland are on the attack and how generous the Impact defence has been this year.