Montreal have lost two Major League Soccer games in a row for the first time in months but there is still reason to be optimistic ahead of their clash with FC Dallas this weekend.
The Impact are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings but Montreal fans will be quietly confident of reaching the playoffs if everything goes to plan.
Remi Garde’s side booked their place in the Canadian Championship final earlier this week, securing a 3-1 aggregate victory over Cavalry.
Montreal can use that success as the catalyst to build momentum ahead of the business end of the 2019 Major League Soccer season – the Impact are currently 40/1 for a shock MLS Cup victory.
FC Dallas finished fourth in the Western Conference last season but failed to inspire any sort of confidence in the playoffs.
This year, simply qualifying for the postseason would go down as a real achievement – Dallas are currently eighth in the division and they are going to need plenty of luck to stand any chance of competing in the playoffs this year.
With just one win in their last four MLS fixtures, Dallas are going through a tough spell at the worst time of the campaign. However, they have the talent to emerge stronger…
They were outplayed by LA Galaxy in their last MLS clash and it would take a brave man to back Luchi Gonzalez’s men in this encounter. Betfred are going 5/2 for Dallas to come up trumps with a big away success.
Event Date: August 18, 2019
Montreal Must Put Run Of Form Together
Time is running out for Montreal to assert their dominance this year – though they do have a favourable run of fixtures approaching. With six of their last eight matches taking place on home turf, Impact supporters will be quietly confident of success in the coming weeks and the Canadian side could climb the Eastern Conference standings sooner rather than later.
Home advantage doesn’t guarantee success but Montreal’s form at Saputo Stadium is much better than it is on the road. The Impact are a decent price at 21/20 with William Hill for the win this weekend; soccer bettors will be tempted by those odds. Victory here could see the Canadian outfit climb as high as sixth in the Eastern table.
Dallas Destined For Late Surge Up Table
Their position ahead of this weekend’s clash is precarious but Dallas fans will expect to put a run of form together in the coming games. On paper, Dallas have the quality to embark on a surge up the Western Conference ladder but it is going to be difficult – those four remaining home games will be vital as they look to challenge for MLS Cup glory.
Dallas have failed to score in four of their last six league games and that must change if the visitors are to qualify for the playoffs. 7/4 with 888Sport for over 1.5 away goals is worth a small wager if you fancy Dallas to exploit this hit-and-miss Montreal defence. With a bit of luck, it could be a high-scoring game north of the border this weekend.
Despite Dallas’ struggles in front of goal, both teams to score is well priced at 4/6 ahead of this weekend’s game. Ladbrokes punters can back the selection and plenty of soccer fans across North America will be expecting this to land. In terms of an outright winner, it could go either way so both teams to score is the safer bet.
TIP: Both teams to score (4/6 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 2-2 FC Dallas (12/1 with 888Sport)