MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Stade Saputo – Wednesday, June 3 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal Impact 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Vancouver Whitecaps 19/10

Match Preview

Stade Saputo plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night as Montreal Impact welcome them to this all-Canadian clash.

Montreal come into the game off the back of a 3-0 loss to Chicago Fire at the weekend and will want to return to winning ways on Wednesday night in front of their own fans.

After winning two on the bounce against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, the Impact were set back as the Fire took all three points.

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Sitting in ninth in the Eastern Conference at the moment, Montreal will want to be pushing for a playoff spot and despite being written off early on, they pose a threat for other challengers.

They need to pick up points at home and will see Wednesday’s game as a winnable one.

Montreal Impact’s 2015 MLS record: P9 – W2 – D2 – L4

Vancouver have endured an inconsistent patch after a very impressive start to 2015. So much of an good start that they were being tipped for a Supporters Shield challenge, but that has faded a little in recent weeks.

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Much of their drop in recent form is down to the drought in front of goal for star striker Octavio Rivero, as the Uruguayan has scored just once in his last eight appearances.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P14 – W7 – D2 – L5

Vancouver do remain favourites, however, despite their lack of form. But Montreal pose a huge threat and do not be surprised if the Impact win on Wednesday in this intriguing Canadian battle.

Team News

Montreal Impact look set to be short of up to ten players this week. With Justin Mapp, Adrian Lopez, Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper, Dominic Oduro, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera and Eric Miller all expected to miss the tie. Dilly Duka and Andres Romero are both doubts for the game, while Ambroise Oyongo is away with the Cameroon team.

Vancouver Whitecaps have Andre Lewis, Sam Adekugbe and Marco Bustos reportedly missing. Octavio Rivero is expected to keep his place up front despite a lack of form in front of goal. Deybi Flores and Darren Mattocks are both away on international duty this week.

Key Points

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

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/W/L/L/W

Key Stat: Montreal have never scored against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: David Ousted – The Whitecaps ‘keeper will have to be at his best to keep the Impact out yet again.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Vancouver are the better side and should just edge this one, though expect a strong fight from Montreal. It could be a low scoring affair as both teams will want to remain tight at the back.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 5/2

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake welcome high flying Vancouver Whitecaps to Rio Tinto Stadium this Saturday evening in what is one of the standout fixtures of the weekend.

RSL are still unbeaten so far this campaign, winning two and drawing three, but they will have to be at their best to keep that run going against the Whitecaps this weekend.

Vancouver’s start to the season has been brilliant but they have already lost twice, including in their outing, and that will encourage Jeff Cassar and his side.

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The ‘Caps lost at San Jose last weekend while Salt Lake drew at Sporting Kansas City, so both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake will be hoping key man Javier Morales can influence a win this weekend, as he has scored two so far this campaign and been the standout player in the squad after six weeks.

RSL are certainly missing striker Joao Plata in his absence through injury as they have registered just one goal from their forwards, but are coping well and the team will only get stronger when he returns.

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Alvaro Saborio needs to start getting amongst the goals on a more regular basis but things are certainly looking promising for the team.

The Whitecaps will be looking to provide Octavio Rivero with as many chances as possible. The Uruguayan forward has five goals in seven games and is largely to thank for their position at the top of the Western Conference.

Team News

Real Salt Lake have five injury concerns. Joao Plata will continue to be unavailable for some time, while Sebastian Jaime, Demar Phillips, Justen Glad and Pecka could all be set to sit this one out.

Vancouver Whitecaps also have five concerns as Andre Lewis, Marco Bustos, Mauro Rosales, Gershon Koffie and Diego Rodriguez are all struggling with injuries. They will also be without playmaker Pedro Morales who is suspended.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: D/D/W/W/D

Vancouver Whitecaps form: W/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: Unbeaten – RSL are one of only two unbeaten sides in MLS this season but this will be their toughest challenge yet.

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Key Player: Octavio Rivero – Rivero has arguably been the league’s most impressive player so far this season, and it will be interesting to see how RSL set up to stop him.

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Real Salt Lake to keep their unbeaten run going in a tough fixture. With both sides coming into the game without a win last weekend it is difficult to separate the two, though Vancouver need to make sure they can cope without Pedro Morales to get anything from the game.