Real Salt Lake vs Montreal Impact: Match Preview And Betting Odds

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If you look up the phrase ‘mid-table obscurity’ in the dictionary, the definition will say Real Salt Lake. Currently sixth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, Real Salt Lake have been a pillar of inconsistency in 2018 – winning 10 games whilst losing nine. Predicting the outcome of their league games has been very difficult indeed and this is another tough one to call.

Montreal Impact have lost more matches than they have won yet the Canadian side are up to fifth in the Eastern Conference – go figure. On paper, the Impact have enough quality to emerge victorious in this contest but inconsistencies on the road may hinder their chances of three points. It would be foolish to write Montreal off based on that and that alone but this certainly won’t be straightforward.

Real Salt Lake have struggled against Montreal in recent times, winning just one of their last five MLS games against the Canadian outfit. The Impact last tasted defeat in this fixture back in 2014 and plenty of punters will be siding with Montreal this weekend. A lot has changed since then but history points towards a successful road journey for the visitors…

Match Odds

Most bookmakers are running scared of Real Salt Lake’s imposing home record ahead of this weekend’s clash. Since losing to Los Angeles FC in their first home game of the season, Real Salt Lake have lost just once in 13 Major League Soccer games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Betway are going 7/10 for a Real Salt Lake win and there will be lots of punters siding with the hosts in this clash.

10Bet are pricing the draw at 3/1 and that is a very appealing price ahead of this one. Both sides have their respective problems and this could turn out to be a close contest – it would be foolish to rule it out. Montreal will be quietly confident of leaving with a positive result whilst the home fans will be demanding an attacking performance from Real Salt Lake. This has potential to explode into an entertaining battle.

Fancy Montreal to prevail? 888sport are going 10/3 for an away triumph and there will be some Impact fans backing the upset. Home advantage is crucial in Major League Soccer and Real Salt Lake are reliable at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Impact have won just two of their last 15 road league games – that statistic in itself is damning for their chances here.

Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets

These two sides have shipped goals this season and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see both teams hit the back of the net here. 1/2 with William Hill isn’t fantastic in terms of value but you are almost guaranteed to see clear-cut chances at both ends of the pitch and that could be the way to go.

As previously mentioned, this matchup has real potential but the first 45 minutes may be quite tough to watch. The draw at half-time is available at 6/4 with 10Bet and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a tight clash in the opening stages. Montreal will be looking to keep Real Salt Lake quiet and getting to half-time level will be part of the plan.

Score Prediction

One of the most difficult MLS fixtures to call this weekend, the draw carries plenty of appeal at 3/1. Montreal will be quietly confident of snatching a positive result but Real Salt Lake are no slouches – especially on home soil. Expect the hosts to come out firing on all cylinders and the Canadian side may be up against it but the Impact have enough to snatch a point.

TIP: Match to end as a draw (Priced at 3/1 with 10Bet)

CORRECT SCORE: Real Salt Lake 1-1 Montreal Impact (Priced at 7/1 with Betway)