It has been a year to forget for the Colorado Rapids. 2019 was supposed to be a season full of promise for the franchise but Conor Casey’s side are rooted to the foot of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference ladder. With just five wins in 22 league games, Colorado are in desperate need of a confidence-boosting victory this weekend.
The Rapids have gone four MLS games without a win and you won’t find too many punters backing the hosts to buck that trend here. Montreal are far from consistent, but the Impact certainly possess a stronger squad than Colorado. At the time of writing, Betway are going 11/8 for the Rapids to claim three points on Saturday night.
As mentioned above, consistency has hindered Montreal’s chances of competing at the top this season. Capable of beating the best in the business one week and then falling short next time out, the Impact are one of the league’s most frustrating teams and Canadian soccer fans will be reluctant to make too many concrete predictions ahead of this clash.
Montreal put four goals past the high-flying Philadelphia Union in their last MLS fixture and confidence will be boosted after that success. With Philly sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference ladder, that triumph could act as the catalyst for the Impact to push on and enjoy a successful end to the 2019 regular season.
Date: August 4, 2019
Rapids Struggling To Build Momentum
Colorado have failed to inspire confidence defensively this season and that has been a key reason for their struggles over the past few months. The Rapids have the second-worst defensive record in Major League Soccer, with only FC Cincinnati (53) conceding more goals through 22 matches. Something HAS to change ahead of the 2020 campaign.
For the Rapids, 2019 is over. The playoffs are now a distant dream and it would make sense for Colorado to begin preparations for next season. However, playing with no pressure can actually benefit a team in some ways and punters may be tempted by the 16/25 available with William Hill for the hosts to win OR draw this weekend.
‘Up And Down’ Montreal Need Some Luck
There was nothing fortuitous about Montreal’s 4-0 victory over Philadelphia but the Impact have been unlucky at times this year. Now in a genuine position to challenge for a playoff berth, the Canadian outfit will be hoping that things go their way in the coming months. A win here could see Montreal climb up to fourth in the table if results go to plan.
Backing the Impact to blow Colorado out of the water would be foolish given their highs and lows already this year. 888Sport are going 6/4 for Montreal to score two or more goals and that could turn out to be the best Major League Soccer bet this weekend. Watch this space, Montreal are more than capable of scoring two goals – even if their defence fails to hold up.
A tricky one to predict but Montreal are the sensible option. The Impact are sixth in the East ahead of this weekend’s fixture but they remain just three points behind second place – a win here is essential as they look to build momentum ahead of the postseason.
That 6/4 for over 1.5 away goals is well worth considering. In terms of a correct score pick, it is a tough one but Montreal may just about edge it. 2-1 offers reasonable value at 8/1 with Betfred.
TIP: Over 1.5 Montreal goals (6/4 with 888Sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Montreal Impact (8/1 with Betfred)