Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire: Canadian Side To Prosper In Close Contest

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In all fairness, there isn’t much between the Montreal Impact and the Chicago Fire on paper – and that is testament to how competitive Major League Soccer is this season. There is just five points separating the two sides at the time of writing but Montreal will be confident of closing that gap this weekend.

On home soil, the Impact have been relatively solid for the most part of the campaign and they will be confident of defeating a Chicago unit that have lost their last four MLS fixtures away from home.

Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago Fire

Match Odds

At the time of writing, punters can back Montreal at 21/20 with Betway – and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Impact pick up all three points. Football isn’t won on paper but all signs point towards a positive result for the Canadian outfit.

However, the draw also looks reasonably well priced at 13/5 with 888Sport. Chicago have lost five of their last six Major League Soccer games and the visitors will be desperate to avoid defeat here. Winning would be nice but ending their current run is more important at the present moment.

If you fancy a shock Fire victory, 10Bet are going 11/5 and plenty of punters will be backing an away triumph. Looking at the individual talent, you could argue that Chicago are blessed with more skilful stars and that quality could give the visitors an edge in what may be a hotly contested affair at Saputo Stadium.

Individual Goal Scorers

Look no further than Ignacio Piatti. Earlier this season, we were tipping him at over 3/1 to get his name on the scoresheet but since then, he has matured into an elite attacking threat in Major League Soccer. As it stands, he is valued at 6/4 to add another goal to his growing tally this weekend and plenty of Bet365 punters will be keen to back the Argentine at what remains an appealing price given his talent.

For the visitors, it is still all about Nemanja Nikolic. The Chicago man is battling it out with the likes of David Villa at the top of Major League Soccer’s scoring charts and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Hungary international bag another effort here. At 17/10 to score during 90 minutes with Betway, he represents solid value for money and it would take a brave man to back against the striker on Canadian soil.

Other Side Bets

Looking for the best bet in this contest has been tricky but one that has most appeal is for Montreal to win by one goal. At 14/5 with Winner Sports, this may be the pick of the bunch and plenty of punters will fancy the Canadian side to edge a pretty tame affair. Most are expecting a stop-start kind of contest with limited attacking opportunities and the hosts have enough quality to keep the visitors at bay from start to finish.

Another interesting option to consider is for the half-time score to be goalless. Montreal and Chicago have a plethora of attacking stars in their ranks but this one may be about ‘not losing’ rather than going all out for the win and a relatively low key first 45 minutes could be on the cards. At an industry best 11/4, this is another bet that is well worth considering – it probably won’t be the pick of the Major League Soccer fixtures this weekend.

BEST BETS

  • Montreal Impact to win @ 21/20 with Betway
  • Ignacio Piatti to score @ 6/4 with Bet365
  • Montreal Impact to win by one goal @ 14/5 with Winner Sports