Montreal need a miracle to qualify for the 2019 Major League Soccer playoffs. With two games to go, the Impact are ninth in the Eastern Conference standings. There is a five-point gap to seventh and Montreal will need plenty of luck in their bid to climb above their rivals.
Atlanta United will play a key role in the postseason battle in the coming weeks, with games against Montreal and the New England Revolution taking place before the end of the regular campaign. A win for Montreal this weekend could spur the Impact on to go for it on the final weekend but that contest may be a damp squib if the Canadian side fall short here.
The visitors are 11/10 with 888sport ahead of this weekend’s clash and plenty of punters will be backing Atlanta to emerge victorious. Securing the best possible finishing position ahead of the playoffs is very important and Atlanta could climb up to second in the Eastern Conference if results go their way.
Currently the joint-third highest scoring team in the East, Atlanta will be quietly confident of putting Montreal to the sword. With so much at stake for both teams, this game could go either way – it might be cagey or it might be open and expansive. Neutrals will be hoping for lots of goals and entertainment at both ends of the pitch.
Event Date: September 29, 2019
Montreal Miracle – Could It Happen?
Stranger things have happened but the Impact won’t be expecting any favours from Atlanta in the next couple of games. The hosts will be looking to use their Canadian Championship success as the catalyst for one final effort in the 2019 Major League Soccer campaign but even that might not be enough to secure a postseason berth.
Montreal’s fate is in their own hands to an extent but they are still relying on other results to secure their playoff status. Maximiliano Urruti will probably be tasked with leading the line this weekend and the Impact striker could be one to look out for in the anytime goal scorer betting markets.
Atlanta Will Challenge For MLS Cup Again
Winning back-to-back MLS Cups will not be easy but Atlanta are as capable as anyone when it comes to challenging in the playoffs. Losing Miguel Almiron was not ideal but Atlanta are well equipped to cope in his absence and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see the visitors in the mix for MLS glory again in the coming weeks.
Josef Martinez is one of the best strikers in the league and his goal scoring rate is second only to Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Venezuela forward has notched 26 goals in 28 matches this season and punters will be expecting Atlanta’s main man to get his name on the scoresheet again this weekend. Watch this space, he will be tough to stop.
The heart says Montreal but the head says Atlanta – it is as simple as that. Canadian fans across the country will be willing the Impact on in their bid to qualify for the MLS playoffs but they may fall short in their bid to reach the postseason.
Atlanta are on another level and Montreal may find this tough, especially if they fall behind to an early goal. Expect the visitors to push early on in an attempt to open the floodgates; it could get ugly for the Impact if Atlanta dominate from the start. An intriguing affair but the omens are not good from a Montreal perspective.
TIP: Atlanta United to win (11/10 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 1-2 Atlanta United (8/1 with Betway)