MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Montreal Impact

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

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Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

Score Prediction

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.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact 
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Saturday, June 10 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal Impact 5/1

Match Preview

It’s the international break, but there is still an important MLS match to be played at Children’s Mercy Park as Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City welcome Montreal Impact.

Sporting Kansas City are on fire at home, winning each of their last six on their own turf and drawing their only other home game this season. To add to an already impressive run, they have only conceded twice in those seven games.

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Montreal on the other hand have been less than impressive away from home, only mustering six points from a possible 18. Their one win coming most recently in a 1-0 win over the struggling DC United.

To add more insult, Montreal haven’t won away at SKC since June 2013. A record they will be desperate to end on Saturday night. However, with three wins from their last four, things are on the way up for the Canadian franchise as they look to shorten the gap to the playoff places in the East.

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With a host of big names missing this clash due to the international break, the playing field may be more level than usual and unlikely match winners may have to come to the fore as a result.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City are missing several key players for Montreal’s’ visit, with Diego Rubin and Kevin Ellis both out through injury. Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, Tyler Pasher and Graham Zusi are away on international duty.

Montreal are missing Andres Romero and Matteo Mancosu through injury. Hernan Bernardello, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and Louis Beland-Goyette are all listed as doubtful. Patrice Bernier, Laurent Ciman, Maxime Crépeau, Blerim Dzemaili, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Wandrille Lefevre and Ambroise Oyongo are all away on international duty, so Montreal’s squad depth will be tested.

Key Points

Sporting KC’s last five: D/W/L/L/W

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

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have won their last six matches at home.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – Midfield maestro Feilhaber is an integral part of this SKC team and will need to produce a stellar display as many key players are away on international duty. He will feel he should be away with the USMNT and so a strong response to yet another snub can be expected.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Montreal Impact – With a lot of players missing for both sides we expect a lot of fringe players to prove a few points but ultimately SKC seem to be too good at home to drop points against an inconsistent Montreal side.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Portland Timbers

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Montreal Impact

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

Score Prediction

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact 
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium – Saturday, April 22 -13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 13/5

Match Preview

The two bottom sides in the Eastern Conference go head-to-head on Saturday night and as both sides will see this game as a winnable game, it could make for a good watch.

Still yet to register a win this season, Philadelphia are far from where they should be at this stage. And with four successive losses there are no signs of things improving anytime soon. The players aren’t performing and Jim Curtin is under pressure as a result.

Home form is a huge issue for the Union, having taken only one point from a possible nine at the Talen Energy Stadium this year. Much of this could be put down to the fact they have yet to win the battle for possession of the ball in any of their home games – something that’s unlikely to change against Montreal on Saturday.

The Impact are currently second-bottom in the East, which is far below expectations of this team as it possesses some serious talent. With only one win so far, something has to change very soon.

The return of Ignacio Piatti saw them take all three points against 10-man Atlanta last week, and he’ll be hoping to lead Montreal up the table now.

They have lost both of their away games at Western opposition this season but have picked up draws in both trips to Eastern rivals. Philadelphia are in a bad way and so the Impact will be looking for all three points here.

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There has been a red card in three of the Impact’s four away games this season so keeping 11 men on the pitch will be key if they are to pick up their first win on the road this term.

These two sides met three times last season, with the Impact going unbeaten against the Union. They picked up a 5-1 win either side of 1-1 draws but have yet to win away at Philadelphia in MLS.

Team News

Philadelphia Union are without some key first team players as Josh Yaro (shoulder) and Maurice Edu (ankle) remain out. John McCarthy is out with concussion and Ken Tribbett is out with an ankle sprain. Warren Creavalle is questionable with a calf contusion.

Montreal Impact will be missing Shamit Shome and Andres Romero with foot and hamstring injuries, respectively. Victor Cabrera is a doubt with a leg injury.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s form: D/L/L/L/L

Montreal Impact’s form: D/D/D/L/W

Key Stat: Montreal have failed to beat Philadelphia in the last six meetings between the two sides.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – Arguably on his day the best player in the league, Piatti possesses the ability to change games extremely quickly and is often the difference-maker. We expect much of the same in this clash as he will look to inspire Montreal to back-to-back wins following his return from injury.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Montreal Impact – Going on recent form its difficult to see either side as a clear favourite, although given a clear lack of confidence from the Union we expect it to be comfortable for Montreal, who will be looking to build on last week’s win over Atlanta.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: StubHub Center – Friday, April 7 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST) 
Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Montreal 15/4

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Montreal Impact to StubHub Center on Friday night as Week 6 kicks off with a battle between two sides that have combined for just one win in eight games so far this season.

The Galaxy started with back-to-back home defeats but looked to be back on track after a 2-1 win at RSL. However, last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Vancouver worsened their problems and they come into the game in 10th place in the West.

Head coach Curt Onalfo needs to start getting the Galaxy firing. They may have lost some key players over the offseason but the squad is much better than results suggest so far. A first home win of the season is undoubtedly needed on Friday.

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Montreal are also desperate for a win. They’ve not picked up a victory yet through four games and are likely to struggle without Ignacio Piatti once again, with the playmaker sidelined with a groin problem.

The Impact have drawn three-straight games but are 10th themselves over in the East and must start climbing the table to prevent the need for a late-season surge if they are to be playing postseason football again.

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Montreal have not won away at Western Conference opposition since the opening day of last season and face an uphill task if they are to take anything away from their long journey to California on Friday, even if the Galaxy are underperforming.

This will be the sixth MLS meeting between the two sides since Montreal entered the league five years ago. Both sides have won win each, with the Impact winning last season’s lone meeting 3-2 in an entertaining shootout at Stade Saputo.

Team News

LA Galaxy remain without Robbie Rogers and Sebastian Lletget but should have everyone else available for their third home game of the campaign. Giovani Dos Santos, Ashley Cole and Gyasi Zardes all returned at Vancouver last week and should start on Friday night.

Montreal will be without Victor Cabrera after the centre-back was sent off in last week’s draw in Chicago. Ignacio Piatti is set to miss out again with a groin injury, while Andres Romero and Shamit Shome are also sidelined. Laurent Ciman is listed as ‘questionable’ but is expected to be passed fit in time to return to the side here.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: L/L/W/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have yet to score an away goal at LA Galaxy in MLS, although they’ve only ever conceded one at StubHub Center in two previous trips.

Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – The Mexican star scored the Galaxy’s first goal of the season but hasn’t had a consistent run in the team yet because of injuries. He will be hoping to get his head down now and start firing LA up the Western Conference.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-1 Montreal Impact – This is certain to be a cagey game between two out-of-form sides that know they must go for all three points in Friday night’s clash. LA have the pressure of being at home and must deliver for their own fans, while Montreal are not going to be at full strength because of injuries and suspensions, which could cost them as they look set to remain without a win this term.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Olympic Stadium – Saturday, March 11 – 19:00 ET (00:00 GMT) 
Match Odds: Montreal 13/10 – Draw 11/5 – Seattle 2/1

Match Preview

Montreal Impact welcome Seattle Sounders to Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening, with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing losses on opening weekend in what should be an intriguing matchup.

Both these sides started the season with opening day defeats on the road. While that in itself is no major problem, the fact that both of these teams failed to get out of first gear last week will have given both coaches a lot to work on this week.

Montreal now have a home opener to look forward to and will look to put their 1-0 loss in San Jose behind them by beating the reigning MLS Cup champions.

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The Impact were the only side in MLS to not register a single shot on target last weekend. That has to change for them to get anywhere this week. They also need to get Ignacio Piatti involved as he was a passenger in California on opening weekend.

The home crowd should ensure that the Impact up their performance last week and a win here would represent a solid enough start to the campaign in the East. But a loss would set off some early alarm bells for a side that was a really dangerous attacking unit last year.

Seattle had an early season wake up call in Houston last Saturday, as the Dynamo beat the champs 2-1 to remind us all of just how unpredictable this league is, with the Sounders looking at full strength.

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The Sounders’ only goal came from the returning Clint Dempsey, and he should get better and better each week as his match fitness continues to improve. But he needs others around him to offer the same energy they did on their way to winning the title three months ago.

Starting the season with back-to-back road games is tough for any side. But it’s even worse for the team with a huge target on their back labelled ‘MLS Cup holders’. Seattle need to prove they can handle that pressure by getting a result in Montreal here.

The only regular season meeting between these two sides last year saw the Sounders win 1-0 at CenturyLink Field, thanks to a Clint Dempsey strike 11 minutes before the end. However, the Impact have won three of the five previous MLS meetings in total.

Team News

Montreal will be without Hassoun Camara after the defender saw red in San Jose last weekend. The good news for the Impact is that they have no injury worries early in the season, so Mauro Biello should be able to pick a side strong enough to get all three points.

Seattle remain without Brad Evans and Aaron Kovar, while Oniel Fisher is listed as questionable as a result of concussion. Clint Dempsey should start alongside Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro in attack once again.

Key Points

Montreal’s form: L

Seattle’s form: L

Key Stat: Montreal Impact are unbeaten in their last nine regular season home games against Western Conference opposition (W7 D2). Their last home defeat to a Western side came in May 2015 (2-1 loss to Portland)

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Impact playmaker had an ineffective game last weekend on the left side of midfield, which is unlike him. But you can expect him to rise to the occasion in Montreal’s home opener. If he is on song, it will be very difficult for the Sounders backline to come away with anything.

Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 1-1 Seattle Sounders – Neither of these sides showed anything of note last weekend but should improve here after a full week’s training to put things right. That said, there is a strong chance they will cancel each other out. That’s how we see this one panning out, although expect both sides to create plenty of chances in what should be a good contest.

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

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal (Second-Leg) – New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, November 5 – 16:00 ET (21:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal 9/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome the Montreal Impact to Red Bull Arena for the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal showdown on Sunday evening. The Impact lead 1-0 from last Sunday’s first leg but know they have a lot to do if they are to advance to the Conference Finals.

The pressure is on the Red Bulls here. They failed to score in an MLS game for the first time since July in last weekend’s defeat but know they have more than enough quality to win this game.

Jesse Marsch guided his side to the top of the Eastern Conference over the course of the regular season and they will expect to live up to their billing as top seed in the East with a victory here.

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They have an incredibly strong home record but need to make sure they don’t chase the result too quickly here, as the Impact will set up to hit them on the counter in the hope of scoring some valuable away goals.

Montreal enter the game knowing they need to avoid defeat by more than one goal to stand a strong chance of advancing on Sunday night. A draw would be enough to see them through and so they may set up to defend deep and try and frustrate the Red Bulls here.

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They played well last Sunday and if they can repeat that performance here, they will have a Conference Final to prepare for.

The Red Bulls beat Montreal in both of their regular season clashes at Red Bull Arena this season and remarkably have still have never lost at home to the Impact in any competition (W7 D1).

Team News

The Red Bulls remain without Gideon Baah and Connor Lade for Sunday’s game but Jesse Marsch isn’t expected to make too many changes, if any, from last week’s first-leg loss. Gonzalo Veron is pushing for a start after coming off the bench last Sunday.

Montreal have two injuries of their own, with Andres Romero and Didier Drogba both sidelined. Drogba hasn’t played for a month but Matteo Mancosu has been deputising well, scoring the only goal last weekend following a brace against DC on the final day of the regular season. Mauro Biello isn’t expected to make any changes for the second leg.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/W/W/W/L

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

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have not lost a home game in seven months. They are currently unbeaten in 17 home games in all competitions, and enter Sunday’s game off the back of four-straight victories at Red Bull Arena.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The 2016 Golden Boot winner had scored in three consecutive games before last week’s 1-0 loss in the first leg. But he always tends to play better at home and has scored three in his last two at Red Bull Arena. The home side will look to BWP for inspiration in such a crucial fixture.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Montreal Impact – Goals are expected in Sunday’s second-leg clash, but the pressure is on the hosts to deliver as the top seed in the East. The Red Bulls are a real force at home and should be able to win this match. The issue will be whether or not they can keep a clean-sheet, as any away goals scored by Montreal could be the deciding factor here. Ultimately, we expect the Red Bulls to advance in what should be an excellent game.

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

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Semifinal – First Leg) Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Stade Saputo – Sunday, October 30th – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 6/4 – Draw 11/5 – Red Bulls 17/10

Match Preview

Montreal Impact welcome New York Red Bulls to Stade Saputo for the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal clash in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.

This is a huge tie for Montreal, who desperately need to put an end to the Red Bulls’ incredible run of form to give them any chance of reaching the Eastern Conference final.

Mauro Biello will be feeling ecstatic at how his Montreal side demolished DC 4-2 in the Knockout Round on Thursday evening, but he will be slightly frustrated at the way they conceded two very late goals.

The only meeting between these two in Montreal during the regular season ended with a 3-0 win for the Impact. They would definitely take a repeat of that scoreline, but this is going to be a very cagey contest, with both sides looking to ensure there’s still all to play for in the return leg in a week’s time.

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Eastern Conference winners, New York Red Bulls eased past Philadelphia on the final day of the regular season to earn a bye through the Knockout Round. They have had extra time to prepare for this game and should be firing on all cylinders.

Jesse Marsch will have his side pumped and ready to take on Montreal and will be urging them to remember form means nothing when it comes to games as important as this.

The Red Bulls have beaten Impact in their last two meetings, although both of those games were at Red Bull Arena, so they will be expecting a hostile atmosphere here.

If New York keep a clean sheet in this tie you have to fancy them to progress in the second-leg. Montreal know they have to take a lead to Red Bull Arena, so the visitors may well have a slightly more cautious approach this weekend, although an away goal would certainly be a boost.

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Montreal were eliminated from the playoffs last season at this very stage, despite winning their home tie in the first-leg, so they can take nothing for granted against a very strong opponent on Sunday evening.

Team News

Andres Romero remains Montreal Impact’s only injury concern. It remains to be seen whether Didier Drogba will return to the side following his soap opera saga in the last few weeks. He sat out of Thursday’s win over DC, with Matteo Mancosu shining up front in the Ivorian’s absence.

New York Red Bulls are expecting to be without four for this tie as Gideon Baah, Connor Lade, Justin Bilyeu and Daniel Royer are all out. Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips will be looking to continue his fine form here.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s form: W/W/D/L/W

New York Red Bulls’ form: D/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last 16 MLS outings.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The obvious choice. Montreal Impact need their midfield maestro to be on top form to take a lead into the second leg. He can change a game in a flash and will need to be at his creative best once again here.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 1-1 New York Red Bulls – This has the makings of a tight game, as most first legs do. Montreal are going to find the confident Red Bulls difficult to deal with and a draw would be an unsurprising result, but would certainly suit the visitors better.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution and Montreal Impact lock horns in an Eastern Conference clash at Gillette Stadium on the final weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season.

The Revs have the faintest hope of securing a top six finish and thus reaching the playoffs, needing both a heavy win here and relying on Philadelphia Union suffering a huge loss at home to the New York Red Bulls in order for a huge swing in goal difference.

Jay Heaps’ side would go level on points with Philadelphia should they win and the Union lose, but making up a 12 goal difference is most unlikely.

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It means this fixture will essentially come down to seeing out the season with pride even though they’re set to agonisingly miss out.

Montreal Impact have already secured a playoff berth thanks to their 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend, although a win could lift them to fourth should DC fail to win against Orlando, giving them a higher seeding.

Form going into the playoffs can be vital, so Mauro Biello will be urging his side to maintain focus and build confidence heading into the postseason.

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The Impact are unbeaten in their last three games (W2, D1) and will want to keep that run going by recording consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England run out as 3-1 winners in Montreal just a month ago, while the last clash at Gillette Stadium in October 2015 resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Impact.

Team News

New England will be without Brad Knighton (suspension) and Xavier Kouassi (knee), while Je-Vaughn Watson (groin) is a doubt.

Montreal’s Andres Romero remains out with a knee injury. The Impact could make a few changes with a view to avoiding injuries going into the playoffs.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have lost just one of their last six MLS meetings with New England Revolution (W3, D2).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – An obvious choice, but it’s impossible to look past the Argentinian, given his incredible form this season. He’s the third top goalscorer in MLS with 17 and has also contributed six assists – an impressive return.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – The Revs essentially have little to play for, but will want to sign off for the season in style, while Montreal will want to keep morale high in the camp. A score draw seems the most probable outcome here.