Last weekend’s bottom of the table clash between Philadelphia and Montreal produced an entertaining 3-3 tie and it was a notable result for Impact who had to come back from a 3-0 deficit.
Ultimately, however, a share of the points was of little help to either side in the Eastern Conference and Mauro Biello’s men will be desperate for the win when they host Vancouver in this all-Canadian match up.
The Whitecaps are third from bottom in the West with very mixed form coming into this fixture and it’s Montreal who lead the way as far as the bookies are concerned.
With 48 hours to go before kick off, Montreal can be widely backed at 17/20 with a number of companies including Bet365 and Winner Sports. Vancouver are currently coming in at 16/5 with Winner Sports and Betway while the tie completes this market at 13/5 with Winner Sports once again.
Montreal are very much the ‘tie specialists’ with four drawn matches in their last six which sit alongside one win and one defeat. For the Whitecaps, Carl Robinson’s men have lost four and won two over the same period. Form is therefore mixed in both camps but Montreal have the stronger squad, plus home advantage and we feel they should get some confidence and momentum from that impressive comeback against Philly last time out.
Individual Goal Scorers
Anthony Jackson-Hamel was the hero for Montreal last week scoring twice as the Impact clawed back that three goal deficit. The 23 year old has not been a prolific scorer for his current club but that brace may signal a return to form and he starts here at a best of 11/2 with Bet365 to open the scoring.
Impact’s Matteo Mancosu is the favourite in this particular market at best odds of 9/2 with Bet365 while Ignacio Piatti, who also scored against Philly last week after we’d identified him as a threat, is quoted at 5/1 with Bet365 once again.
The first name for Vancouver Whitecaps fans to consider is that of Fredy Montero, the on loan Colombian striker who has made an impressive start to life in Canada. Montero has three goals in six matches for the Whitecaps and is their best option to open the scoring at a top price of 6/1 with William Hill.
Normally we would look at the anytime option for our games where Mancosu is the favourite again at 7/5 with 32Red but after last weekend’s performance, we think that Jackson-Hamel will carry his scoring form into Saturday’s game where he is nicely priced at that 11/2 figure to open the scoring.
Other Side Bets
Impact’s ability to tie games makes the draw a tempting option in the result betting but we feel there will be a winner in this match. It may be tight however, so the winning margin market has some definite potential.
Here, Impact to win it by one comes in at 11/4 with Bet365 and while we are looking at the home side to win it, our final tip of the day plays slightly safer with either side to win by one goal on offer at best odds of 6/4 with Betway.
Neither team has been at all convincing in the early stages of the 2017 MLS campaign and while Montreal failed to win it last weekend, their comeback from 3-0 down should give Biello’s men the impetus to go on and take three points here.
There are options to hedge this slightly in our tips because neither Impact nor the Whitecaps suggest we can back any of their games with any real confidence at this early point in the campaign.
- Montreal Impact to win at 17/20 with Winner Sports
- Anthony Jackson Hamel to score first at 11/2 with Bet365
- Either side to win by one goal at 6/4 with Betway