We are about to enter the business end of the 2018 Major League Soccer season. With just 10 regular season fixtures remaining, every match is vital in the race to secure a postseason berth. The MLS Cup is the ultimate objective for those teams still in the mix to feature in the playoffs this year and both of these clubs will know that this is a must-win game.
Toronto, one of Major League Soccer’s strongest teams in recent times, are in a precarious position ahead of this weekend’s clash with Montreal Impact. The hosts, managed by Greg Vanney, are languishing down in eighth position and it will take some effort for Toronto to snatch a postseason berth. Their fans remain optimistic but the omens are against them…
Meanwhile, Montreal are in a much stronger position ahead of the playoff battle. At the time of writing, the Impact are sixth in MLS’ Eastern Conference and it would take a brave man to back against them on current form. It could be a very interesting end to the regular campaign for Montreal supporters if everything goes to plan.
It will come as no surprise to most to see Toronto as clear favourites ahead of this fixture – despite their difficult league position. Vanney’s side are 3/5 to prevail against Montreal this weekend and plenty of punters will be backing the hosts to emerge victorious. Realistically, anything less than a win here and Toronto can forget about qualifying for the postseason. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Vanney’s men pull a result out of the hat; they need one now more than ever.
The draw is available at a very appealing 3/1 with William Hill. Both teams will be going hell for leather to secure three points and that could make for a very entertaining contest. With so much talent on both sides of the pitch, these two teams could end up cancelling each other out in the latter stages though and a draw could be the best way to go.
Fancy Montreal to prevail? 888sport are going 9/2 for an away triumph and some Impact fans will fancy the upset. BMO Field is a difficult place to go and Montreal’s away form is not exactly great. The Impact have won just two of their previous 16 road league games and it is difficult to put too much faith in the visitors here.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
This has all the makings of an exciting affair and the 8/15 available with Betway for over 2.5 goals should be snapped up. Toronto rarely fail to score on home soil and Montreal will be quietly confident of exploiting the home defence at least once – that price could turn out to be an absolute steal come half-time.
With that in mind, the 5/4 available for over 1.5 first half goals is also worth considering. We should see an open encounter in the early exchanges – Toronto will be looking to make a fast start. Getting to half-time level will be Montreal’s main priority but the Impact will be very dangerous on the break.
A difficult contest to call but the draw carries most appeal. Both sides will head into this one knowing that it is a “must win” and that should make for excellent viewing. Toronto have the stronger squad on paper but Montreal are more stable and consistent – this really could go either way.
TIP: Match to end as a draw (Priced at 3/1 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 2-2 Montreal Impact (Priced at 11/1 with Betway)