Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Orlando City Stadium – Saturday, June 17 – 00:30 BST (19:30 EDT)
Match Odds: Orlando City 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 5/2
Orlando City welcome the in-form Montreal Impact to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night in the hope of returning to winning ways after a tough run has seen them win just one of their last eight league games.
With seven points separating the two sides, there is already a significant gap that Montreal will want to shorten desperately. With the midpoint of the season approaching rapidly, Montreal will want to stay within arms length of the playoff spots. While Orlando will be desperate to remain in them after such a good start to the season.Embed from Getty Images
The International break is over and so both sides will hope to have fresh squads for this weekend’s game. However, there are numerous absentees this weekend with injuries and suspensions limiting both coaches options.
Orlando have only picked up one win in their last eight MLS games – a phenomenal turnaround considering they won six of their first seven this term. They also crashed out of the US Open Cup with a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Miami FC on Wednesday night, so Jason Kreis has some real problems to iron out.
In contrast, Montreal’s recent form has been good, with two wins in their last three and drawing the other. They will now look to make a significant challenge for the playoffs, after a dreadful start, in which they didn’t win a game until week six.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City have no injury concerns for the upcoming weekend. However, Cyle Larin is expected to be unavailable after being arrested with a DUI charge on Wednesday night. Rafael Ramos and Antonio Nocerino are suspended.
Montreal Impact will definitely be without Ambroise Oyongo and Matteo Mancosu, who have long-term injuries. Hernan Bernardello, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Louis Béland-Goyette and Andres Romero are all doubts. Chris Duvall is suspended.
Orlando City’s last five: D/L/L/W/D
Montreal Impact’s last five: W/L/W/W/D
Key Stat: Orlando City have only lost one of their last ten home games in MLS.
Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – Montreal’s playmaker will have to be at his creative best to unlock a steady Orlando defence. With Orlando missing some key men, this is a good opportunity for the Impact to grab three points and a huge scalp to go with it, so they’ll be looking to Piatti for more inspiration.
Orlando City 1-1 Montreal Impact – With a few big names missing, the tie opens up massively. Orlando’s form is below the level they showed early on this season, while Montreal are producing results recently. We see this one ending with honours even but both sides have a real chance of taking all three points.