Montreal are hanging on in the 2018 Major League Soccer playoff race – the Impact are now sixth in the Eastern Conference table. After a hit and miss campaign, the Canadian outfit are looking to cement their status as one of the rising forces in the East and plenty of punters will fancy Montreal to feature prominently throughout the postseason.
Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls are flying high. Arguably the most consistent franchise since their formation, the Red Bulls have climbed above Atlanta United in the race for supremacy in the East. Backing against New York at this moment in time would be foolish; both in the context of this fixture and in the MLS Cup battle.
This has not been a favourable fixture for Montreal in recent times. The Red Bulls have won their last two encounters without conceding a goal; scoring seven goals in total. With that in mind, punters may be swaying towards the visitors here but don’t be hasty – the Impact will be quietly confident of springing a shock this weekend. We previewed this weekend’s huge fixture below…
Hold the front page: Montreal are 5/2 to win this one. That is sensational value for a home team in Major League Soccer and punters should contemplate siding with the Canadian outfit in this clash. Yes, the Red Bulls are the league’s form side but Montreal will be fired up and determined to secure their own playoff spot. Watch this space, the Impact will be tough to beat on home soil and this is not going to be easy for the visitors by any means.
There is a clear lack of goals in this Montreal side though and their best chance of securing a positive result may lie in restricting the Red Bulls. That brings the draw into play; especially if the hosts decide to adopt a defensive approach from the outset. The 12/5 with Betway for a share of the spoils should be considered – the Canadian outfit have enough quality to snatch a point if New York are below their brilliant best.
It will come as no surprise to see the Red Bulls as red-hot favourites to prevail and the 6/5 on offer with William Hill for an away triumph represents excellent value. There is a gulf in class on paper and New York will be quietly confident of victory. Chris Armas’ side are on the verge of something special and it will take a monumental effort from Montreal to stop the Red Bulls in their tracks.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Canadian fans may be tempted by the 8/11 available for Montreal to win OR draw. That sort of value for a home team is rare in Major League Soccer and punters will be sorely tempted at that price. The Impact will need everything to go their way in order to keep the Red Bulls at bay though…
Meanwhile, backing New York to win with both teams scoring is another option. Montreal’s lack of offensive prowess may be enough to convince punters to look elsewhere but the Red Bulls are prone to conceding goals – they are not invincible. The selection has landed seven times this campaign and 5/2 is a solid enough price.
Look no further than the New York Red Bulls here. Montreal could spring an upset but that looks unlikely – the visitors are too strong. The Canadian outfit will look to start quickly but that should play into New York’s hands. This has the potential to get ugly for the Impact…
TIP: Red Bulls to win and both teams to score (Priced at 5/2 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 1-3 New York Red Bulls (Priced at 14/1 with 10Bet)