Montreal Impact VS Orlando City Match Prediction
There have been four previous meetings between these two sides, and whoever has hosted the match seems to have had the upper hand. In the two games they have enjoyed on home soil Montreal have won 2-0 and shared a 2-2 draw in the other, while Orlando’s record at home is a perfect two from two with a pair of 2-1 victories.
The last few months have witnessed some rather inconsistent form from Montreal Impact, a very capable side who seem to struggle in putting together a series of good performances. Despite only losing five of their last twenty matches, they haven’t produced back-to-back wins in the MLS since April. Having tasted victory last time out, that will be of interest to punters.
The overall form of Orlando City has been poor in recent times, so that win over NYC last time out was as surprising as it was important in keeping their Final Series hopes alive. Kaka’s side had managed to win just two games in fourteen prior to their last outing, so while confidence is low in the camp at the moment that victory was precious. There was a time from September-April where Montreal won nine straight home matches in MLS, and while they haven’t quite been up those standards recently (W3 D1 L2) they clearly do enjoy playing on home soil.
But it is Orlando’s ability to avoid defeat on the road that intrigues (W0 D5 L2 is their recent run), so the only question we have to ask is can Montreal break them down?
The answer is yes; they haven’t been defeated at home – bar an aberration against Chicago – by a side outside of the division’s top three since August 2015. Given Orlando’s penchant for conceding on the road (one clean sheet in eleven, 23 conceded), we have to fancy Montreal here.
You’ve seen the statistics above and now is the time to put our money where our mouths are: we’ll be taking Montreal here at the 8/11 available. Their home form – and Orlando’s defensive frailties on the road – make this a must back.
Orlando have a habit of drawing away from home, and that suggests that a handicap wager in their favour is viable. Taking them with a +1 Asian at 4/6 is certainly worth further investment.
For those punters chasing a value price….Montreal’s Ignazio Piatti is one of the MLS’ top goalscorers this season with 14, and he is priced at 13/10 to find the net anytime here against one of the league’s worst away defences.
Montreal Impact look all set for a Final Series Play-Off berth, and with two games in hand on second-placed New York Red Bulls – and being just six points behind – means they may just fancy their chances of qualifying for the Final Series automatically. They will need to win most of their remaining matches however to make that a reality.
Goalkeeper:- Evan Bush
Defenders:- Donny Toia, Hassoun Camara, Laurent Ciman, Ambroise Oyongo
Midfielders:- Johan Venegas, Hernan Bernadello, Michael Salazar, Kyle Bekker, Ignacio Piatti
Forwards:- Didier Drogba
The pursuit of a Play-Off place is set to hot up in MLS’ Eastern Conference in the coming weeks, and Orlando City can put themselves in prime position for that sixth spot with a positive result here. Coming into this fixture on the back of a win over leaders New York City, they will be full of confidence.
Goalkeeper:- Joseph Bendik
Defenders:- David Mateos, Jose Aja, Kevin Alston, Luke Boden
Midfielders:- Servando Carrasco, Antonio Nocerino, Kevin Molino, Kaka, Matias Perez-Garcia
Forwards:- Cyle Larin