Montreal Impact are still in contention for a playoff berth this campaign and Canadian fans will be cheering the hosts on ahead of what looks like a tricky fixture on paper. Having lost just two of their previous nine games, Montreal head into this fixture in excellent form and neutrals will be hoping for an open and expansive affair at Stade Saputo this weekend.
The strongest team in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference so far this season, Atlanta United are on the verge of something special. The visitors have lost just one of their last nine away fixtures in all competitions and it would take a brave man to back against Gerardo Martino’s men in this encounter.
Atlanta put four goals past Montreal in the corresponding fixture earlier this campaign; the Canadian outfit will attempt to make amends for that defeat here. The league leaders are well fancied to claim a first MLS Cup success in 2018 though and the Impact may find this one a stretch too far as they look to close the gap to the top four.
9/4 for a Montreal victory on home soil is well worth considering. The Impact are capable of beating anybody on their day and the Canadian fans will be fully behind their side against the Eastern Conference leaders. Expecting a Montreal win would be foolish given Atlanta’s dominant standing at the top of the table but stranger things have happened in soccer…
Would both teams settle for a point? Probably. A draw would go down as a good enough result for the visitors – it would help maintain their excellent run of form. For Montreal, it would show that the Impact can slog it out with the best in the business. At the time of writing, the draw is on offer at 3/1 with Betway and punters should snap that price up.
Most fans will be backing Atlanta to prevail though and William Hill customers can back the visitors at 5/4 ahead of this clash. Martino’s men are rarely valued above EVS and that is testament to Montreal’s quality – this will not be an easy fixture for Atlanta. Having said that, they are Major League Soccer’s class outfit and this is a winnable road contest.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Both teams to score is available at an eye-catching 1/2 with 888sport. Major League Soccer fixtures tend to produce goals and that is a price worth sticking in an accumulator. Atlanta have scored at least once in their previous 12 MLS fixtures whilst Montreal have bagged in six of their last seven encounters. Goals at both ends looks like a very safe bet here.
In addition, Josef Martinez has been a breath of fresh air since moving to Atlanta less than two years ago. The United striker, priced at 5/6 to score in 90 minutes with Betway, has notched 14 goals in his last 10 MLS matches – failing to score in just one of those fixtures. With that in mind, Martinez represents excellent value to get his name on the scoreboard.
Take your pick here. Montreal have the quality to cause problems in the final third but Atlanta’s class should prevail. Opting for an away victory with both teams to score could be the way to go in this encounter; a 3-1 win for the visitors is currently available at a very appealing 14/1 with 888sport. Watch this space, Montreal could spring a surprise but the more likely outcome is another Atlanta triumph.
TIP: Josef Martinez to score in 90 minutes (Priced at 5/6 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 1-3 Atlanta United (Priced at 14/1 with 888sport)