Montreal Impact, currently rock bottom of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, are starting to show potential after a slow start to the campaign. The New York Red Bulls have failed to inspire confidence on a regular basis, losing six of their 14 league games so far this season and the Canadian outfit could flourish on home soil.
On their day, the Impact are capable of going up against the best teams in the business and it would take a brave man to back against them, especially after their 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers last time out.
Despite their lowly standing, Montreal are favourites for the win here. As of June 2nd, the Canadian side are 11/8 with Betway to emerge victorious this weekend and a second win in as many home games could be on the cards.
However, a draw also looks plausible. The Red Bulls would probably take a point from their trip north of the border and Montreal might also be content with a share of the spoils. At 5/2 with 10Bet, the draw is well priced and punters should certainly consider this.
The visitors have struggled on the road so far this campaign and their dismal form leaves a lot to be desired. New York fans can get 9/5 with Bet365 for the Red Bulls to earn a shock away win and they certainly have the talent to cause problems for Montreal.
Individual Goal Scorers
Ignacio Piatti, a midfielder by trade, has stepped up to the plate for Montreal this season, bagging six league goals in nine appearances. Those looking for an ‘Anytime Goalscorer’ at Saputo Stadium may consider backing the Argentine here, he is currently available at 6/4 with a range of bookmakers.
Meanwhile, Anthony Jackson-Hamel is another leading contender to add to his tally against the Red Bulls. The Canadian star has notched four goals in seven outings this campaign and it may prove prudent to side with the striker here. At 13/2 to open the scoring with 10Bet, he is well worth a punt considering his prowess in front of goal.
Anyone backing the Red Bulls to score a hatful of goals right now may want to reconsider but Bradley Wright-Phillips remains a potent threat upfront. He hasn’t hit top form yet this year but he will at some point and punters can back him to score during 90 minutes at 6/5 with Winner Sports.
Other Side Bets
Goals have been few and far between for both sides this campaign and backing the ‘under’ market could be a good shout. New York have scored just 15 so far this season but Montreal haven’t fared much better with 18; and bettors can get 6/5 on under 2.5 goals with Winner Sports – this could turn out to be THE bet of the night.
Meanwhile, those expecting a one-sided affair may be tempted by the ‘No’ selection in the ‘Both Teams to Score’ market. An industry best 17/10 with Bet365 is available for this particular bet and plenty of punters will be backing a pretty tepid contest this weekend. It could be settled by the odd goal; it doesn’t exactly have the makings of a modern classic.
And that is why the 1-0 to Montreal looks like a decent option for those looking to select a ‘Correct Score’ ahead of this weekend’s clash. While it may seem a little naïve to predict an Impact clean sheet, New York’s struggles in front of goal could continue and Montreal may just about edge it. The 10/1 available with Bet365 certainly represents decent value.