MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Wednesday, May 11 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw  13/5 – Portland Timbers 3/1

Match Preview

FC Dallas play host to MLS Cup holders Portland Timbers in the first of both sides’ two fixtures this week, with as many as eight teams having a double gameweek to deal with.

Dallas come into the game in a barren run of form, having lost three matches on the bounce. The loss of their captain Matt Hedges has been highlighted as one of the many issues currently affecting the Texan side but results need to start improving quickly, regardless.

Oscar Pareja’s side will want to avoid dropping any more points as they are still a side capable of winning the Supporters’ Shield. However, they are now three points adrift of Colorado, who have played a game less in the West. Another defeat on Wednesday could see that difference increase and Dallas will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans.

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Portland Timbers defied all odds to win the MLS Cup last term but their form this season is the polar opposite to their stellar postseason display of 2015.

It is without question that the Western Conference is far more competitive than the East but you would still expect Portland to challenge for a playoff place, despite sitting in ninth as it stands.

To highlight the differing levels of competitiveness, Portland’s 12 points would see them sit in fifth place if they played in the East.

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That being said, Portland have had injuries to key players throughout the season so far as Liam Ridgewell and Darlington Nagbe have both spent time on the sidelines. Portland have the tools to go far this season and potentially win MLS Cup again, so long as they can keep their key players consistently on the field.

This will be the second meeting between these two clubs this season. Dallas ran out 3-1 winners in Portland a month ago and are looking for a third-straight regular season win against their Western rivals.

Team News

FC Dallas are missing midfielder Alex Zendejas and Matt Hedges through injury. Zach Lloyd and Walker Zimmerman are expected to start in defence. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez left Saturday’s game in Toronto with an injury after all three subs had been used, with Ryan Hollingshead finishing the match in goal. Chris Seitz will expect to start if Gonzalez remains out. Fabian Castillo will return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Saturday.

Portland Timbers are without defenders Andy Thoma and Alvas Powell through injury. Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has torn a ligament in a finger so Jake Gleeson will take the gloves once again. Jack McInerney will be competing with Darren Mattocks for a start in attack.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/L/L/L

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: FC Dallas are undefeated in their last 12 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The winger has been quiet as of recently and with Dallas looking to end a run of three-straight losses, Castillo will need to be influential from the outset. He has the ability to change a game in a flash and Dallas need him to step up as they look to bounce back.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers – FC Dallas are unbeaten at home this season and Portland are inconsistent, so logic would suggest Dallas will win. However, with three losses on the bounce, we expect this to be a tough test for Dallas and the points could well be shared come the end of Wednesday’s contest.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Orlando City

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 1 –  19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Orlando City 15/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Orlando City on Saturday night as they look to end a run of four games without a win. With both sides in playoff spots at the moment, this could be a very exciting affair.

These two met just two weeks ago in Orlando, with a dramatic and controversial ending to the game seeing both sides score in stoppage time to draw 2-2.

Jay Heaps and his New England side were MLS Cup finalists in 2014 and now they are struggling to maintain a playoff place. Much of this problem stems from the six draws from their nine games so far.

The Revs need to kickstart their season soon as they are nearly a third of the way through the campaign and have only managed nine points to date. A points-per-game ratio of 1.0 is way below the requirements for success and also below club expectations.

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New England come into this one off the back of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to Portland and will hope they don’t show signs of fatigue here.

Orlando City are a much improved unit this season, having seemingly overcome their goalkeeping issues from last year with Joe Bendik playing every minute of their campaign so far.

The additions of Julio Baptista and Antonio Nocerino have helped bolster the attacking options and now Orlando are in a position to challenge the top two of the Eastern Conference, should key players stay fit through the season.

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Orlando is an exciting place to be if you’re a fan as the side plays a creative and fearless style that will trouble the Revs on Saturday. Orlando will be looking to end a winless run of three when they take to the road this weekend.

The 2-2 draw in Orlando two weeks ago was the third meeting between these two. The only previous clash at Gillette Stadium saw the Revs win 3-0 last September and more goals are expected here.

Team News

New England Revolution are without Steve Neumann (knee) and Chris Tierney (hamstring). Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury (both hamstring) are doubts so Charlie Davies may get the nod in attack.

Orlando City are definitely without Conor Donovan (ACL), while Kaka is suffering with a groin injury but should shake it off to play.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/D/D/L/D

Orlando City’s last five: W/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Orlando City have never beaten New England in the three attempts so far.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Canadian striker has started this season the way he finished the last – scoring goals. He is now a huge player for the Florida-based franchise and will be important on Saturday night again.

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Score Prediction

New England 1-2 Orlando City – Both these sides that should be challenging for the Eastern Conference playoff spots this season but have yet to hit true form. Orlando have been the more potent side so far and have had an extra few days rest than the home side so we see them edging it.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New England Revolution

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 23 – 22:30 BST (17:30 EDT)

Match Odds: DC United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 9/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome New England Revolution to RFK Stadium on Saturday night for what will be their third home game in a row. DC have had mixed results in their last two, with a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps followed by last week’s 1-0 loss to Toronto.

With just one win from seven this season, DC have yet to really get off the ground and with limited options in attack and the loss of Bill Hamid for an extended period time, things aren’t going to get much easier for United overnight.

They had plenty of possession and 18 attempts against Toronto last week yet still fell to an early Sebastian Giovinco goal and couldn’t breach the Toronto defence as their struggles for goals continued. DC have scored only seven times so far this season, failing to net in three games – including the 0-0 draw at New England last month.

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Speculation about Ben Olsen’s future has picked up this week and a few more negative results could see the manager leave his post, as recent form is simply not good enough for a club of DC United’s stature.

New England Revolution are in the playoff places and if the season finished now, they’d probably settle for 5th. They are a young side which is building for bigger things but will still feel they could be doing better than they are at this stage.

They have scored in each of their last four games so scoring goals doesn’t seem to be the problem. However, they have failed – at times – to finish teams off. They have only lost once so far, so a good early start for the Revs has set the tone for what should be a solid campaign.

Progression will come from more wins. It sounds simple but with five draws from seven outings, they need more points on the board.

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If they are to win more games, Charlie Davies or Juan Agudelo will need to step up as the Revs top scorer is Diego Fagundez (2) and so their strikers need to find the net more often.

These two sides have already met this season, drawing 0-0 at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. DC have won each of the last two meetings at RFK Stadium and will be looking to make it three in three on Saturday.

Team News

DC United are without goalkeepers Bill Hamid (knee) and Andrew Dykstra (back), as well as Charlie Horton (concussion), defender Chris Korb (knee) and midfielder Collin Martin (foot). Markus Halsti (knee) is a doubt.

New England Revolution have as many four players who are doubtful with Steve Neumann (knee), Juan Agudelo (hamstring), Darrius Barnes (ankle) and Jose Goncalves (undisclosed) all being monitored for Saturday’s game.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/D/W/L

New England Revolution’s last five: L/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last four meetings with New England Revolution.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – DC’s star striker is back to full fitness with three goals in four starts this term. DC United will want him to be be on the scoresheet once again come Saturday night and he will look to disrupt the Revs defence from the outset.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New England Revolution – Both sides are yet to really find form and we expect it to be an even encounter once again. Both could really do with three points but there is little to choose between these sides and so a score draw seems most likely.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Toronto FC

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 16 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: DC United 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Toronto FC 21/10

Match Preview

DC United host Toronto FC in a game between two struggling Eastern Conference sides that will be looking to climb the table with a view to challenging at the top end of proceedings this season.

Despite the lack of points they both have so far this term, there will be expectation that both will mount serious challenges for playoff spots at the very least and so this contest is an important one.

DC will feel more confident going into the game after a 4-0 win at home against Vancouver Whitecaps last time out, which was actually their first win of the season.

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Remarkably, DC were the best team in the Eastern Conference two years ago and now they are struggling to win a game. However, much of their ill-form will be down to the loss of star ‘keeper Bill Hamid, who has been ever-present while they have been successful in recent years. His long-term injury is doing little to help their chances.

So far, it’s too early to man the panic stations for United as they are only three points off top spot in the East. As long as they are in touch, they will not be too concerned and another win on Saturday would really give them a boost.

Toronto FC haven’t won since the opening day and for them, it could well be time to hit the panic button. They are yet to spark a run of form worthy of the squad strength they possess as some will argue on paper they should be Supporters’ Shield contenders.

Results will need to pick up soon as they will potentially lose all three Designated Players in the Summer through international duty as Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are expected to join the USMNT and Sebastian Giovinco could well go to Euro 2016 with Italy.

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Their defensive additions may have looked promising in the opening day win over New York Red Bulls but they have failed to keep a clean sheet since then. Worrying times for the Canadian side who will be looking forward to returning to home following this eight-game road swing to start 2016.

These two sides met twice last year, with Toronto the overall winners. The Reds won 2-1 at RFK Stadium before the teams played out a 0-0 draw at BMO Field just a few weeks later.

Team News

DC United are missing Bill Hamid (knee), Andrew Dykstra (back), Chris Korb (knee) and Collin Martin (foot) as all four are out. Charlie Horton is a doubt with concussion and Markus Halsti may not feature due to a knee sprain.

Clement Simonin is definitely out with a knee injury. Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt with a quad injury. Jozy ALtidore is expected to make his second start with Sebastian Giovinco playing just behind him in what could be a 4-4-1-1 formation for Toronto.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

Toronto FC’s last five: W/D/L/L/D

Key Stat: DC United are the league leaders in shots per game at home this season. They are averaging 19.7 shots per game at RFK Stadium.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – The DC frontman started only his third game of the season last weekend and inspired a brilliant 4-0 win with a brace against the Vancouver Whitecaps. His return to form provides DC with a far better platform to attack and he will be out to hurt the Toronto defence on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 Toronto FC – Both sides are seeking their second win of the season and both will have playoff aspirations this term. Saying that, they both – based on form – could equal each other out on Saturday evening. A draw seems most likely but home advantage may play a huge role in this one as Toronto’s long road stint continues.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Sporting Kansas City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City 

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, April 9 – 19:00 EDT (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Sporting Kansas City 13/5

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Sporting Kansas City to Red Bull Arena on Saturday night with the hosts looking to end a sorry run of form which has seen them lose three of their first four matches of the new season.

They are yet to keep a clean sheet and all of their goals this season came in the 4-3 win over Houston Dynamo. Furthering their problems, Felipe will miss the game through suspension and star striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is yet to score this term.

However, the most worrying problems seem to be the lack of defensive options available as four first-team defenders are injured in some way and Karl Ouimette is the only fit central defender available to Jesse Marsch.

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Turning things around this weekend looks a tough ask for the Red Bulls, though the home support should give their chances a significant boost.

Sporting Kansas City on the other hand started the season with a 100% record until the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake last weekend.

They have so far scored in every game and have quickly set themselves a good platform for success this season.

Their early-season form will need to carry on if SKC are to challenge at the top end of the Western Conference and they will fancy their chances of beating an injury-plagued Red Bulls team here.

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They have a huge upcoming month with three of their next four fixtures away from home. So this clash is the start of a tough run for the Kansas City squad.

These sides met just once last term, playing out a 1-1 draw in Kansas City. The Red Bulls won the most recent meeting at Red Bull Arena in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, before SKC were transferred back over to the Western Conference.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without three first team defenders as their defensive crisis continues to cause Jesse Marsch serious selection problems. Damien Perrinelle, Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar are all still out, while Kemar Lawrence is a doubt with a knee injury picked up last week. Gonzalo Veron is also out and Felipe is suspended after being sent off against New England Revolution.

Sporting Kansas City are missing Justin Mapp and defensive star Matt Besler. Paulo Nagamura is a doubt with a calf strain.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ form: L/L/W/L

Sporting Kansas City’s form: W/W/W/L

Key Stat: Including postseason meetings, SKC have failed to beat the Red Bulls on the last six occasions. The Red Bulls have won four of those last six meetings.

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – English-born striker Dwyer is the lone attacker in SKC’s current system and the impressive start to the season has shown signs that he will have plenty of service this year. It’s only a matter of time before they start flying in regularly for Dwyer and he will be a threat here.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-2 Sporting Kansas City – After a good start from SKC and a poor start from Red Bulls, this clash is hard to call. We are expecting goals and quite an even battle. However, the Red Bulls’ defensive options are limited and SKC will set out to earn three points. A score draw looks likely, though this really could go either way.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: RFK Stadium – Sunday, March 20 – 21:00 GMT (17:00 EDT)

Match Odds: DC United 13/10 – Draw  11/5 – Colorado Rapids 11/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome Colorado Rapids to RFK Stadium this weekend in a game which sees two sides looking for goals go head-to-head, both only managing to score once so far this term.

DC are obviously struggling with a lack of depth up top with Colin Doyle and Eddie Johnson both leaving the franchise during the offseason and so goals won’t be as easy to come by this season.

They do have an impressive defensive unit however, that will be tested without USMNT international Bill Hamid for the coming months and we expect Colorado to test them this weekend.

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DC’s 0-0 draw with New England last week was a solid result but they will now hope to win their home opener and start to climb the Eastern Conference.

Colorado are very much a side that are efficient in what they do. They rarely concede goals at home but equally aren’t the most threatening side in attack.

They showed their defensive qualities last week as they beat LA Galaxy 1-0, thanks to a 95th minute winner. Colorado held the Galaxy to a pass completion percentage of just 64.9%, proving how tough they are to break down.

To add to this, Rapids ‘keeper Zac MacMath has only faced four shots on target in the two games so far this term, highlighting the defensive displays Colorado have been putting in.

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Team News

DC United are missing both Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra so third choice ‘keeper Travis Worra will be between the sticks. Chris Korb remains out with an ACL tear and Markus Halsti and Fabian Espindola are doubtful.

Colorado Rapids are only without Sean St. Ledger and John Berner who are out with knee and wrist injuries respectively.

Key Points

DC United’s form: L/D

Colorado Rapids’ form: L/W

Key Stat: Colorado haven’t beaten DC in their last five meetings in MLS, a run which started in May 2011.

Key Player: Lamar Neagle – Utility forward Naegle was a great pick up from Seattle in the offseason and he has been leading the line in the absence of Espindola. He will be wanting to get his name on the scoresheet on Sunday night and should be a threat.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-0 Colorado Rapids – DC need to kick start their season and will look to build on last week’s draw with New England, in which they were very hard to break down, Colorado have been good so far and will keep the game low-scoring, but we see DC just edging this one.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, March 13 – 16:00 ET (21:00 ET – Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: New York City FC 29/20 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto FC 7/4

Match Preview

New York City FC open their 2016 home campaign against Toronto on Sunday evening, with both sides entering the second week looking to make it two wins from two.

NYCFC won 4-3 at Chicago Fire last weekend, winning an exciting game thanks to their young attacking stars. New head coach Patrick Vieira will have been worried by the defensive display however, knowing that if they concede three goals against other MLS sides they won’t be picking up many points.

City were unbeaten in all three games against Toronto last year, winning two and drawing the other. However, they will need their key players available such as Frank Lampard and David Villa if they are to keep that streak going this time out.

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Toronto started their season last week with an impressive counter-attacking display against the Red Bulls, where they beat the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners 2-0 at Red Bull Arena.

The counter attack, as mentioned above, is of course spearheaded by 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco, which provides a clinical edge. The basis for the style has, however, been built from the back with new additions Clint Irwin, Steve Beitashour, Drew Moor and Will Johnson bolstering Toronto defensively and providing a firm platform for Giovinco to shine.

We are expecting Toronto to have more possession this weekend and with that Michael Bradley should play a more pivotal role. Rookie winger Tsubasa Endoh should see more of the ball on the flank after an encouraging debut last week.

Toronto players celebrate scoring vs the Red Bulls (Photo by Ashley Marshall)

Toronto players celebrate scoring vs the Red Bulls (Photo by Ashley Marshall)

Team News

New York City FC are still without Connor Brandt and Jack Harrison through injuries. Jefferson Mena and RJ Allen are both doubtful, though Frank Lampard could feature if he overcomes a calf problem.

Toronto FC are still missing Clement Simonin with a knee injury. Jozy Altidore is still doubtful, but could feature despite his hamstring problems.

Key Points

New York City FC’s form: W

Toronto FC’s form: W

Key Stat: New York City FC were the only team in MLS to concede over 25 goals at home in 2015. They shipped a total of 31 goals at Yankee Stadium last term.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian produced the goods last week by snatching three points form the Red Bulls. He will be relishing the prospect of facing a vulnerable NYCFC defence here and could quite easily produce a hat-trick.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-3 Toronto FC – As good as Toronto were defensively last week, this NYCFC side has goals in it. However, keeping Giovinco and co. out should prove too difficult for Vieira’s men and the away side look primed for success in New York for the second-straight week.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Saturday, March 12 – 20:30 ET (01:30 GMT)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 3/1

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in an all Western Conference MLS clash at Sporting Park on Saturday night.

SKC picked up an excellent 1-0 away win against the Seattle Sounders in their opening game last weekend thanks to an unlikely debut goal from centre-back Nuno Coelho.

Although the Sounders were reduced to ten men after 41 minutes, Peter Vermes will still be delighted to see his side pick up an extremely valuable three points at a ground where few teams tend to win in MLS.

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It should mean that SKC will be heading into this game full of confidence, and will be looking to win their first two games of an MLS season for the first time since 2012.

Vancouver Whitecaps provided one of the most entertaining games of the opening weekend, although they will be disappointed to be on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller as they lost 3-2 at home to Montreal Impact.

Goals from defenders Jordan Harvey and Kendall Watson couldn’t prevent a disappointing defeat, and the Whitecaps players have to quickly dust themselves down in preparation for a tough away game.

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Carl Robinson’s side have won just one of their last nine games in MLS (D3, L5), carrying over results from 2015, so he will be hoping they can find some form, starting here.

Sporting Kansas City won both games against Vancouver Whitecaps in 2015, with the most recent clash ending 4-3 in a pulsating contest at Sporting Park in August – the other victory was a narrow 1-0 success at BC Place in July.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City have a whole host of injury concerns. They are likely to be without defenders Ike Opara (thigh) and Seth Sinovic (neck), while midfielders Justin Mapp (toe), Brad Davis (groin), Benny Feilhaber (abdomen) and Paulo Nagamura (leg) are also expected to miss out.

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Vancouver Whitecaps won’t be able to call upon the injured Christian Dean (foot) and Russell Teibert (calf). Octavio Rivero was the club’s top goalscorer in 2015 and will be looking to open his account for 2016. He managed six shots, with four on-target last weekend, but to no avail.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s MLS form: W

Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS form: L

Key Stat: Vancouver Whitecaps have never won away at Sporting Kansas City (D1, L2).

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – SKC will be desperate for their striker to start firing on all cylinders this year. He was the leading goalscorer at the club last season with 12 goals, but you feel that any true success this year could hinge on what Dwyer can produce for his side. They’ll be hopeful he can contribute a number of goals closer to the 22 he scored in 2014. The first home game of the new season may provide the perfect platform.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps – SKC have never lost a game at home to the Whitecaps and will be full of confidence after their opening day win. But Vancouver have a potent attacking force and will believe they can take at least a point from this one. Whatever the outcome, this should be an entertaining clash.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Montreal Olympic Stadium – Saturday, March 12 – 16:00 ET (21:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 15/8

Match Preview

Montreal Impact host New York Red Bulls at the Olympic Stadium for the second game of the 2016 MLS season on Saturday afternoon in an all Eastern Conference clash.

The Impact enjoyed an excellent opening day 3-2 victory away at Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend, thanks to two goals from Ignacio Piatti and a Dominic Oduro strike.

Mauro Biello will be delighted with the performance of his players, and that win will send out a signal to the rest of the league that Montreal mean business in 2016 and will be out to prove that last year’s surge to the playoffs was no fluke.

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That win at Vancouver also showed that the Impact are more than capable of coping without talisman Didier Drogba who undoubtedly transformed the team towards the end of 2015.

New York Red Bulls suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Toronto in their first game and will be looking to bounce back immediately on Saturday.

Despite dominating the play with 63% possession and making 220 more passes than their opponents, the Red Bulls only managed one shot-on-target, with ten off target, which will be a major concern for Jesse Marsch.

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The 2015 Supporters’ Shield winners were the highest goalscorers in MLS last year and will be hoping that their opening day blues were just a case of rustiness and lack of competitive action.

The last meeting between these two sides saw the Red Bulls edge a 2-1 home victory in October 2015, while the last clash in Montreal ended with a 1-1 draw in August 2015.

Team News

Montreal Impact will be without long-term absentee Andres Romero (knee), as well as Patrice Bernier and Cameron Porter (both hamstring). Didier Drogba will also miss the game as he’s struggling with a knee injury and doesn’t want to risk making it worse by playing on artificial turf.

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New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle remains out (knee), while forward Gonzalo Veron (hamstring) is also struggling with injury. Bradley Wright-Phillips will be hoping to find some form after not even registering a shot last weekend.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s MLS form: W

New York Red Bulls’ MLS form: L

Key Stat: Since Mauro Biello took over as Montreal head coach in August 2015, the Impact have lost just three games in MLS – P15, W10, D2, L3 (including the MLS Cup playoffs).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Argentinian was inspirational in their away win at Vancouver last weekend, playing a part in all three goals, scoring two and assisting the other. There’s no doubting that the Red Bulls are going to have to work hard to stop Piatti if they want to head home with anything from this game.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-1 New York Red Bulls – Montreal were very impressive against Vancouver, and while the Red Bulls played well in stages in their game, they just couldn’t break Toronto down. They’ll probably get on the scoresheet this time around, but it may not be enough to stop the Impact from making it two wins on the bounce and inflicting consecutive defeats on the 2015 Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield winners.

Podcast: MLS opening weekend, NYCFC’s defensive woes & West Ham discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford sits down with Louis East and Jamie Ives to look back at an incredible opening weekend of MLS action as the 2016 campaign got off to a flyer.

The team will discuss whether New York City FC should be deeply worried about their defensive struggles, despite winning on Sunday, and will finish with a look at in-form Premier League side West Ham United, who are chasing a top four spot.

Be sure to comment below, or get in touch on Twitter with your views on the topics discussed.