A thrilling Round of 16 tie between Montreal Impact and Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa saw the MLS side squeeze through by the away goal rule. A 2-2 draw in the first leg was followed by a nervous stalemate at the Saputo Stadium which allowed Thierry Henry’s team to progress by the narrowest of margins.
L’Impact obtient un tout premier point à Dallas, avec deux buts de Maxi Urruti 🏹 >>> https://t.co/OsVnMb2stj
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) March 7, 2020
The reward for that win is a quarter-final clash against C.D. Olimpia of Honduras who saw off Seattle Sounders in the previous round. In this preview, we will look at the two-legged tie in closer detail while assessing Montreal’s CONCACAF Champions League chances as a whole.
The first leg of this quarter-final will take place in Montreal on Tuesday, March 10 and the return will follow in Tegucigalpa seven days later. The sportsbooks who have declared so far are coming down heavily in favour of the Canadian team and Sports Interaction has odds of 1.65 on Henry’s team to win in 90 minutes.
Victory for C.D. Olimpia is out at 5.00 with Bet365 while the draw is the final, available option at 3.75 with Spin Sports. Those are the odds for the win on the night and there are no markets for the second leg as yet, but we can consider some props for this initial game.
We’ll keep them brief and we would start in the popular Both Teams to Score market. Here, you can take the ‘yes’ option at 1.69 with 10Bet but we’re going to back ‘no’ at a better price of 2.08 with Sports Interaction.
There’s a lot to cram in here and as a final suggestion, we’ll take a look at the total goals betting. Montreal’s only issue may lie in the fact that they are playing the first leg at home and while the MLS outfit will need to claim an advantage, they will also need to keep it tight at the back.
That’s why we’re looking for Under 2.5 goals to drop in by the end of 90 minutes and this looks a good value pick at 2.10 with Bet365. Expect Impact’s defence to be resolute and travel to Honduras on the back of a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
The excitement of that Round of 16 ties and the resilience shown by Impact in the second leg against Saprissa has left fans wondering whether they can go on and win the Champions League.
That’s a tall order but when the outright markets come back after the next round of games, Montreal should be among the favourites. As we’ll see, the semi-final opponents could be tough but progression to the final is a genuine aim.
In terms of the quarter-final against C.D. Olimpia, we expect Montreal Impact to progress with some ease. If you can trace a To Qualify market in the lead up to the first whistle, you should be able to take that with confidence although the price will be very short.
As for winning the competition, Montreal would then face either New York City FC or Mexico’s Tigres UANL. Their MLS rivals NYC will obviously be a known quantity but the same can’t be said about the Mexicans. It’s too early to judge so we’ll leave you with three picks for the quarter-finals plus a speculative longer-term punt if you want it.
- Montreal Impact to beat C.D. Olimpia in the first leg at 1.65 with Sports Interaction
- Both Teams to Score: Back ‘No’ at 2.08 with Sports Interaction
- Under 2.5 Goals at 2.1 with Bet365
- Montreal Impact to reach the final of the CONCACAF Champions League (when available)