This is a huge game for the Montreal Impact. At the time of writing, the Canadian side are just two points behind the seventh and final playoff spot but the sands of time are starting to run out for Montreal. Three points here will do their chances of reaching the postseason no harm whatsoever.
Montreal cannot let the upcoming Canadian Championship final with Toronto distract them from focusing on the playoff push. Reaching the MLS showpiece series would mean so much to supporters and simply being in the hunt to lift the MLS Cup would be enough to rank as a positive campaign for the Impact.
In theory, FC Cincinnati shouldn’t give Montreal too many problems this weekend. Officially the worst team in Major League Soccer, Cincinnati were always going to struggle this year – it is never easy for a new organisation. With the majority of their points coming at home, we could see another dismal performance on the road.
With just two victories away from home, Cincinnati’s road form leaves a lot to be desired. If everything goes to plan, the visitors could spring a shock this weekend but Montreal should prove too strong. Still, the 33/20 with 888sport for Cincinnati to win or draw is well worth considering given the value available.
You won’t find too many punters backing a Cincinnati triumph here and most neutrals will be hoping for a Montreal success. A win for the Impact will keep the Eastern Conference playoff battle interesting as we enter the final three games of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. Will Montreal get the job done? Only time will tell.
Event Date: September 15, 2019
Montreal Cannot Ponder On Previous Loss
That 3-0 defeat to D.C. United could turn out to be very damaging indeed. The Impact were second best in all departments as they slumped to an embarrassing home defeat and Remi Garde will be demanding an improved performance here. With SportingBet offering 8/15 for the Impact to prevail, punters can back the hosts at a reasonable price.
Montreal are usually rock solid on home turf, with the Impact losing just three of their last 20 games at Stade Saputo. Avoiding complacency could be the difference between success and failure this weekend – Montreal are the better team but you cannot take anybody for granted in Major League Soccer.
Where Do Cincinnati Go From Here?
Building momentum and confidence ahead of the 2020 campaign will be key for Cincinnati and a few wins to end this season will do that. With no real standout talent on the roster, it is hard to pinpoint a player who can make the difference but the lack of pressure now on the entire organisation could play into their hands.
Punters should consider taking the 4/6 for both teams to score this weekend – Cincinnati have enough quality going forward to cause problems for Montreal. It may not be the best game of the weekend but goals do look likely, especially given what is at stake for the hosts.
Montreal are well placed to claim three points in this encounter and the Impact will take some stopping if they are at their brilliant best. With the playoff places still well and truly up for grabs, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the hosts make a fast start.
Keeping Cincinnati at arm’s length will be key to the outcome of this clash and the visitors will be quietly confident of springing a shock. Watch this space, this one could go right down to the wire if the Impact fail to put the game to bed.
TIP: Montreal to win (8/15 with SportingBet)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 2-1 FC Cincinnati (15/2 with Betway)