MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, March 18 – 14:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New York City 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal 12/5

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome Eastern Conference rivals Montreal Impact to Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a game which will have plenty to offer.

Patrick Vieira’s side come into this tie having demolished DC 4-0 last weekend. New York looked likely to score with each attacking and were defensively sound when put under pressure.

The NYCFC fans would have been delighted to see how their talisman David Villa linked up with new DP Maximiliano Moralez and that’s a partnership which has the potential to be one of the most deadly in Major League Soccer this season.

It’s been a slow start for Montreal Impact. They have picked up just one point from their two games and find themselves under pressure to get a result here.

After watching NYCFC last week we can expect Mauro Biello to set his side up to play on the counter. The vision of Ignacio Piatti to feed the pacey Dominic Oduro is a deadly combination that will be key to unlocking their opposition.

Montreal are going to have to be tighter at the back than they were last week. With ten minutes to go the points looked to be heading their way but complacency got the better of them. If their backline is not switched on here they will be punished.

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Team News

Mikey Lopez is out for New York City FC this weekend as he has undergone ankle surgery.

Andreas Romero is Montreal’s only injury concern so Biello has a near fully fit squad at his disposal.

Key Points

New York City’s form: L/W

Montreal Impact’s form: W/D

Key Stat: New York City FC have impressive home form, they’ve won eight of their last ten games at Yankee Stadium.

Key Player: David Villa – The Spaniard got off the mark last weekend with a classy brace. He’ll be looking to score for his second consecutive home game and fire NYCFC to victory.

Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 Montreal Impact – NYCFC to make it back-to-back wins in a tight game. Montreal certainly have the class to trouble New York but they have looked shaky at the back in their opening two fixtures – early season struggles to continue.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Montreal Impact

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

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, August 1 – 12:00 ET (19:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC  1/1 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New York City host Montreal Impact on Saturday night and both sides will be hoping to keep up winning ways after both emerging victorious last time out.

Both teams come into this game level on 24 points in the Eastern Conference. However, Montreal have three games in hand on NYCFC and will be looking to open up a three point gap with a victory away from home in this one.

New York City have only kept three clean sheets all season which is something they will be looking to put right in the upcoming fixture against Montreal and will hope the arrival of Andrea Pirlo can fix things in all areas of the field.

New York City FC’s 2015 record in MLS: P21 – W6 – D6 – L9

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Montreal will be looking to overturn their poor form away from home and will be hoping to add just their second road win of the season in this one. As well as looking to improve upon their away form they will also be looking to shore things up at the back after conceding 18 goals whilst on their travels.

With only one clean sheet away from home all season, Montreal will hope that their attackers are in top form if they have any chance of sealing all three points.

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The arrival of Didier Drogba is a huge coup for the club and he will instill a winning mentality in the side as they look to make the playoffs.

Montreal Impact’s 2015 record in MLS: P18 – W7 – D3 – L8

The previous game at Yankee Stadium ended 3-1 in favour of NYCFC and the MLS Expansion Franchise then won 2-1 in Montreal so they’ll be looking for a clean sweep here.

Team News

New York City FC are without George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt through injury. Frank Lampard, Khiry Shelton, Ryan Meara and Chris Wingert are all doubts but could feature. Mehdi Ballouchy and Jason Hernandez are both serving suspensions.

Montreal Impact are missing Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Eric Alexander through injury. Hassoun Camara and Justin Mapp are both doubts.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: L/W/D/L/W 

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

Key Stat: Montreal have only registred one away win in their last 26 matches in MLS.

Key Player: David Villa (New York City) – He has been in great form all season and continued last week by scoring twice in a 5-3 victory. With Montreal known for conceding goals away from home we cannot see past the Spaniard continuing his fine form and netting again Saturday night.

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Score Prediction

New York City 3-2 Montreal Impact – With New York’s poor home form and Montreal’s poor away form, it’s tough to see anything but a home win. This game will be end-to-end with lots of goals but it’s NYCFC who are most likely to come out victorious.