MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

BMO Field – Wednesday, September 20 – [19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/11 – Draw 15/4 – Montreal 6/1

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Preview

Toronto FC take on Montreal Impact in the penultimate 401 Derby clash of the 2017 regular season. The two rivals come into the game in contrasting form, with Toronto on a red hot streak and Montreal really struggling.

Toronto made it six wins on the bounce with a 4-0 demolition over LA Galaxy on Saturday night. That away win was made even more impressive when you consider Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco didn’t travel to California.

Don’t miss: Will Toronto break the record for the highest MLS points tally?

The Reds are closing in on their first-ever Supporters’ Shield title. They are 11 points clear of NYCFC in second place. They need five points to guarantee top spot, with their playoff place already confirmed.

via @TorontoFC on Twitter

Montreal fell 3-2 at home to Minnesota on Saturday night, making it four-straight losses. The Impact found a bit of form through August, winning four on the spin. But since then, they’ve reversed their form and dropped four consecutive games.

They are six points outside the top six with six games to play. Failure to win on Wednesday night would leave them with a mountain to climb if they’re to make the postseason.

After making the playoffs for the past two seasons, it would be a serious step backwards for the franchise if they failed to make the top six this term. But that concern will likely become a reality with a loss at their rivals here.

Toronto won the reverse fixture 3-1 last month, with goals from Giovinco (2) and Altidore proving too much. The Reds also beat Montreal over two legs to win the Canadian Championship back in June.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Team News

Toronto FC should welcome back star attacking duo Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco here after both were rested for the trip to LA. Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund are both ruled out through injury once again. Greg Vanney might make changes to his side again here, with a trip to New England coming up on Saturday.

Montreal Impact’s only injury absentee remains Ambroise Oyongo, as he is ruled out for the season. The Impact face a tricky trip to Atlanta United on Sunday night and might have to rotate the squad here as a result.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: It’s been almost a year since Toronto FC lost a home game during the regular season. Their last defeat came in October last year, when DC United picked up a 2-1 victory at BMO Field.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant was rested for the weekend trip to LA but he should be back and ready to attack Montreal on Wednesday. He has played more games against Montreal than against any other team in his career, scoring eight in 14 against them.

Embed from Getty Images

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Prediction

Toronto FC 3-0 Montreal Impact – The fact is, Toronto FC are the best side in MLS right now. They are riding a six-game win streak and haven’t lost for two-and-a-half months. Montreal, on the other hand, have lost four-straight games and look to be in trouble. Their playoff hopes are fading fast and defeat here would leave them up against it. But with such a contrast in form between these rivals, it’s tough to see anything other than a convincing home win.

Advertisements

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Major League Soccer: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Stade Saputo – Sunday, August 27 – 16:30 ET (21:30 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal 7/4 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 13/10

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Preview

Sunday afternoon sees Montreal Impact take on Toronto FC in the first regular season meeting between the two in 2017.

Montreal are in a great run of form. They are on a four-game winning streak and confidence is high in the squad. They have won seven of their last eight home games, so Toronto have a challenge on their hands here.

Despite good form, Montreal Impact are sitting 6th in the East. Anything less than a playoff finish will be considered a poor season from this point on.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Impact together

Toronto are frontrunners to pick up the Supporters’ Shield. Greg Vanney’s side are six points clear of the chasing pack but they cannot afford any slip ups.

The Reds have only lost three away games this season, a league low. They are going to have to find a way to stop Montreal’s key player, Ignacio Piatti, if they are to avoid defeat this weekend.

There should be goals in this one, the two have netted 93 between them, with Toronto scoring a league high 52 of those. Their deadly strike duo, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have a combined 23.

Embed from Getty Images

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Team News

Ambroise Oyongo is the only notable absentee for the Impact in this one.

Toronto are expecting to be without both Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Key Points

Montreal’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Toronto have lost just once in their last 11 regular season games, winning seven and drawing three.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to deliver the goods against Toronto’s rivals, who are in fine form. He has found the back of the net 13 times this season, four of those have come in his last five appearances.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-2 Toronto FC – A score draw, which wouldn’t be the worst result for either side. The Impact are climbing the Eastern Conference and avoiding defeat is going to be key. Toronto have scored 15 goals in their last five games, while Montreal have scored 11. Goals look to be on the cards here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC

Stadium: Stade Saputo – Saturday, April 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 3/1

Match Preview

Montreal Impact welcome Toronto to Stade Saputo this weekend in the latest chapter of the 401 Derby between two Canadian rivals.

Montreal come into this tie as leaders of the Eastern Conference. They were victorious in their last outing, coming from behind to beat Chicago Fire 2-1.

The Impact have won the last two meetings between the sides and will be feeling confident heading into this fixture.

Mauro Biello’s Montreal have scored at least two in their last nine home Major League Soccer fixtures and have won all of those games so Toronto are up against it this weekend.

Embed from Getty Images

Toronto are 4th in the Eastern Conference heading into this tie which, considering they have played all six of their fixtures this season away from home, is a good position to be in.

They come into this tie having won 1-0 away at DC United which ended a four-game winless streak. Greg Vanney’s side have struggled for consistency this season, but we can expect that to change once their home fixtures begin in two weeks.

This tie will be a test for Toronto who have averaged just one goal a game, and with Montreal’s home goalscoring form in mind, they could struggle to take all three points here.

Embed from Getty Images

Team News

Montreal Impact have just three injury concerns ahead of this tie. Andres Romero and Cameron Porter are both expected to miss out, while Victor Cabrera is a doubt. Biello has the luxury of no suspensions or players nearing suspension through yellow card accumulation.

Toronto also have three injury concerns. Clement Simonin and Benoit Cheyrou are both out, while Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt. Vanney also has no concerns of players nearing suspension.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s form: W/L/L/W/W

Toronto’s form: D/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Fortress – Montreal have won their last nine home Major League Soccer games.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker has already netted four goals this season including his side’s late winner last time out. He will be full of confidence.
Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-1 Toronto FC – As the goalscoring form suggests Montreal will have just a little too much for Toronto and will remain top of the Eastern Conference after this Canadian derby clash.

MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Toronto

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Knockout Round) – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Stade Saputo – Thursday, October 29 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Montreal 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto 5/2

Match Preview

Montreal Impact face Toronto FC in the first ever all-Canadian MLS Playoff match on Thursday night in what will be the second meeting between these fierce rivals in just five days.

Montreal came from behind to beat Toronto 2-1 on Sunday’s MLS Decision Day, thanks to two Didier Drogba backheel goals, earning home-field advantage for the knockout round as a result.

That’s crucial for the Impact as they have won each of their last five at home in MLS and are a much more dangerous side in front of their own fans.

Montreal Impact’s 2015 MLS Record: P34 – W15 – D6 – L13

Embed from Getty Images

Toronto will be concerned with their late drop in regular season form as they suffered defeat in their last two games. They had won four on the bounce before that and need to be at their best if they’re to win here.

They do have this year’s best player in MLS in the shape of Sebastian Giovinco, who ended the regular season with the Golden Boot as well as leading the league in assists. He hasn’t scored away from home since July though.

This will be the Reds’ first ever MLS Playoff game and the players must ensure they don’t let the huge occasion get the better of them.

Toronto FC’s 2015 MLS Record: P34 – W15 – D4 – L15

Embed from Getty Images

Three Canadian sides have made the playoffs for the first time in MLS history this year but one will exit from the postseason at the first hurdle here.

This will be the sixth matchup between the 401 Derby rivals this year. The home side has won each of the past five games to this point.

Team News

Montreal Impact should have Didier Drogba fit and ready to start despite the fact he left Sunday’s game with what seemed to be a leg injury. Cameron Porter remains along with Kenny Cooper and Andres Romero. Justin Mapp and Kyle Bekker are doubts.

Toronto FC are expected to make a couple of changes to the team that lost on Sunday but they won’t be able to call on Mark Bloom, Clement Simonin or Damien Perquis. Daniel Lovitz remains a doubt.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/W

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Montreal have won their last five home games, while Toronto have lost their last five.

Key Player: Didier Drogba – The Montreal superstar gets the nod ahead of Sebastian Giovinco as this game’s key player. That’s because he single-handedly earned Montreal three points in this fixture on Sunday and because he has scored nine goals in his five home starts. Impact.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-1 Toronto FC – Form suggests this one will only end one way and while form has to be disregarded somewhat in matches as big as this one, it’s tough to see Montreal losing. Toronto are more than capable of beating the Impact but their struggles away from home mean their first ever playoff run might end very early.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: BMO Field – Wednesday, June 24 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Thursday, June 25)

Match Odds: Toronto 5/6 – Draw 11/4 – Montreal Impact 3/1

Match Preview

Toronto FC and Montreal Impact clash in a crucial MLS Canadian derby at BMO Field on Wednesday night.

Toronto come into the 401 derby following an extremely disappointing 2-0 home defeat to New York City at the weekend, which marked their first loss in five games.

Greg Vanney’s side had previously won three on the bounce and they currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from their opening 13 games.

The Reds also have numerous games in hand on the teams above them, so they’re in a good spot as it stands and a win over their Canadian rivals could lift them into third depending on other results.

Embed from Getty Images

Montreal Impact will arrive in high spirits after an impressive 2-0 win against Orlando City last time out and have won five of their last seven games.

The Impact secured a first MLS away win since September 2013 when they beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on June 6, so that’s a burden they will be happy to have off their back and should give them a real incentive to believe they can win the derby.

Frank Klopas’ side are fifth in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 12 games and will leapfrog Toronto with a victory as their challenge for a playoff spot this season is in good shape.

Embed from Getty Images

The last MLS meeting between the two sides was a 1-1 draw back in October 2014. They most recently met in the 2015 Canadian Championship with the Impact winning the first leg 1-0 and Toronto winning the second leg 3-2 as Montreal progressed on away goals.

Team News

Toronto’s Clement Simonin (knee), Steven Caldwell (achilles), Mark Bloom (leg) and Daniel Lovitz (knee) are all out injured.

Montreal Impact will be without the injured Adrian Lopez (knee), Justin Mapp (elbow), Cameron Porter (knee) and Kenny Cooper (knee). There’s also doubts over the fitness of Hassoun Camara (knee) and Eric Miller (hamstring).

Embed from Getty Images

Key Points

Toronto’s last five in MLS: D/W/W/W/L

Montreal Impact’s last five in MLS: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have failed to win 27 of their last 28 away matches in MLS (D7, L20). The Impact have also never beaten Toronto away from home.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian has been a revelation so far and if ever there is a game that the Toronto fans want see him provide the goods, then this is it. He could make the difference as he has done so many times this season already.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Toronto 2-2 Montreal Impact – This is a clash that has the potential to be a fascinating watch. And it’s likely it will be, as both sides will hopefully serve up an entertaining affair that should provide us with goals.