With both teams tied on 34 points ahead of this weekend’s clash, three points is essential as the battle to reach the postseason goes on.
Toronto are currently ninth in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, two places behind Montreal due to their form in head-to-head fixtures. However, that will all change with a victory this weekend.
Greg Vanney’s side have lost four of their 14 home league games this year and Toronto fans will be expecting big things at BMO Field in the coming weeks.
With three of their remaining MLS fixtures taking place on home turf, three points is an absolute must as Toronto look to enhance their playoff chances. Write Toronto off at your peril…
It hasn’t been plain sailing for Montreal in 2019. Their record is mixed to say the least: 10 wins, four draws and 13 defeats – inconsistency has been the name of the game at Stade Saputo.
The Impact are still quietly confident of sneaking into the playoffs but they are going to need plenty of luck; a result here could give Montreal a lift.
With four home games following this fixture, the Impact will fancy their chances of notching a decent points tally in the remainder of 2019.
Another clash with Toronto is scheduled for the final day of the season and we could see both teams going hell for leather to win that game. This weekend’s contest may be a little more reserved but there is still lots to play for.
Event Date: August 25, 2019
Toronto Looking To Build On Late Draw
It looked like Toronto were down and out in their previous MLS fixture but Jozy Altidore’s last gasp equaliser secured a much-needed point away at Columbus Crew.
Toronto went into half-time with a lead that day but some sloppy defending in the second half almost cost them before Altidore’s injury-time strike. Focus and concentration will be key to their hopes this weekend…
At 8/11 with Betway, Toronto are odds on favourites to claim three points here and victory will significantly enhance their chances of nicking a playoff berth.
With a couple of difficult road fixtures on the horizon, Toronto need to take full advantage of their matches at BMO Field and Vanney’s side will push for the win from start to finish.
Montreal Focused On Home Fixtures?
Three wins from their four remaining home matches may well turn out to be enough for Montreal to sneak into the playoffs but the Impact are playing a risky game if they choose to focus purely on those encounters.
Following their most recent home game, Montreal have won six of their 12 MLS matches on home turf this year and it would be foolish to place too much faith in the Impact given their record.
Montreal always seem to score at least once – attacking hasn’t been the issue this year. At the back, the Impact are leaky though and that could be their downfall again here. At the time of writing, 1/2 for both teams to score looks like an absolute shoo-in.
Both teams to score has landed in nine of Montreal’s previous 10 MLS games – that statistic is a tip in itself.
Toronto are far from assured at the back and the Impact can take advantage of some haphazard defending but the hosts should prove too strong at BMO Field.
With that in mind, opting for the 15/8 available with 888sport for Toronto to win with both teams scoring could be the way to go.
On paper, this looks like a thrilling clash and soccer fans across Canada will be eagerly anticipating kick-off this weekend.
TIP: Toronto to win and both teams to score (15/8 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 3-1 Montreal Impact (11/1 with William Hill)