Montreal were less than 10 minutes away from an important point away at Atlanta United last weekend but the Impact couldn’t hold out under intense pressure in the second half. On the face of it, it was disappointing for Montreal to come away with nothing but Canadian fans will take heart from an organised team performance.
Looking ahead, the Impact are likely to go into Saturday clash’s with Minnesota as favourites to claim three points. Montreal are still third in the Eastern Conference and a win here will do their chances of climbing into second spot no harm whatsoever. At the time of writing, D.C. United are due to play twice before Montreal’s next fixture though…
Meanwhile, Minnesota also have a midweek fixture between this contest. The visitors are up to fourth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference and it would take a brave man to back against Minnesota at this moment in time. Despite their decent run, Minnesota can be backed at 11/4 with Betway to claim three points here.
Home advantage could prove decisive in this encounter but punters may be hard pressed to split the two teams. Taking their respective records into account, opting for the draw at 5/2 with Ladbrokes may be the way to go. This could turn out to be one of the closest games of the Major League Soccer weekend fixtures!
Date: July 6, 2019
Montreal Winning But Impact Are Far From Perfect…
Montreal have lost just one of their last five home league games but the Impact have looked shaky in a few of those fixtures. In fact, the Canadian side have kept just one clean sheet in that spell, with both teams scoring in all three Montreal victories. Betfred punters can back a home win with goals for both sides at 5/2.
With back-to-back wins over Western Conference teams in recent fixtures, Montreal will be quietly confident of claiming another victory in this clash. Saphir Taider has been in fantastic form so far this season, notching seven goals in 18 appearances. At the time of writing, he is priced at 15/8 to get his name on the scoresheet this weekend…
Minnesota Building Momentum Ahead Of Busy Spell
Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes earlier this week made it four wins on the spin for Adrian Heath’s side. With that in mind, taking the 5/6 for Minnesota to avoid defeat this weekend may be the best bet – securing three points on the road is never easy but that is an excellent price in the double chance market.
Only Los Angeles FC (44) and Philadelphia Union (37) have scored more league goals than Minnesota (34) this campaign and that bodes well for away goals this weekend. The 6/4 on offer with Betway for over 1.5 Minnesota goals represents solid value and plenty of punters will be snapping up those odds ahead of this Major League Soccer clash.
Minnesota are tempting at longer odds but the sensible pick is Montreal here. Major League Soccer matches are difficult to predict at times and backing the home side can often prove prudent in the long term. The draw carries plenty of appeal but Montreal could push on and claim three points with an aggressive approach.
This one has goals written all over it. Montreal are a fair price at 13/8 to take a lead into the half-time break and Betfair customers should snap that value up. If the Canadian side hit the ground running early on, things could get ugly for Minnesota.
TIP: Montreal to win the first half (13/8 with Betfair)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 2-1 Minnesota United (8/1 with William Hill)