Montreal are still in the hunt to qualify for the Major League Soccer postseason but they are going to need plenty of luck to finish in the Eastern Conference qualifying spots.
The Impact are currently seventh in the standings but have four home games remaining. If everything goes to plan, those home games could prove decisive in the race to reach the playoffs.
Remi Garde’s side have a Canadian Championship double header with Toronto approaching in the coming weeks but the primary focus will on reaching the MLS postseason.
At the time of writing, Montreal are priced at 4/5 to claim three points this weekend. The Canadian side are much stronger at home than they are on the road and DC United may find themselves under the cosh early on.
The visitors will be without the suspended Wayne Rooney for this weekend’s clash. The former Manchester United striker was handed an additional one-game suspension and DC United will miss his presence.
With four defeats in their last five MLS games, DC United have started to slide out of playoff contention. They are still in control of their own destiny but you’d be hard pressed to find many punters backing the visitors.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash, DC United are rank outsiders at 7/2 with Betway to emerge victorious. The visitors will need everything to go to plan in order for Ben Olsen’s side to claim a shock victory.
Event Date: September 1, 2019
Home Advantage To Give Impact The Edge
With all four remaining league games scheduled to take place on home turf, Montreal are in control of their own fate. The Impact will be taking it one game at time but Canadian soccer fans will expect to climb the ladder in the coming weeks. The MLS Cup is a distant dream for now but Montreal fans will be quietly confident of featuring at the business end of the year.
The Impact represent excellent value to emerge victorious here, especially with Rooney’s absence. Montreal are by no means the finished article but the hosts have enough quality to compete with the best teams in the league in a one-off encounter. Treating this like a cup final may be the way to go in order to ensure a good performance.
Rooney-less DC United Are Struggling
Losing your best player to a suspension is hardly ideal, particularly at this stage of the year. DC United are still right in the mix to qualify for the playoffs but they are going to need a bit of help from other teams – especially if they lose here. Montreal are there for the taking if DC United can get into half-time with the scores level.
Montreal’s defence is shaky at the best of times and DC United will fancy their chances of scoring at least once. The EVS available for the visitors to avoid defeat this weekend is well worth considering, even taking Rooney’s absence into account. Watch this space, we could see a very topsy-turvy game north of the border.
On the whole, Montreal have more going for them than DC United and the Impact are the safest bet here. Had Rooney been available, DC United would’ve been a better pick but it would be foolish to back them without their best player in the squad.
The first goal in this game will be crucial and Montreal have a tendency to make an early breakthrough. If everything goes to plan for the Impact, they could take an early lead into half-time and that might turn out to be enough.
TIP: Montreal to win (4/5 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 3-1 DC United (9/1 with 888sport)