Montreal Impact vs DC United is a meeting between two Eastern Conference sides and two sides who have been seriously out of form lately. Montreal did pick up a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps during the week, however before that, they had lost seven of their last nine games. DC United have picked up one win in their last seven games and they are currently on a run of three consecutive defeats as they get ready for a trip across the border to Canada.
Montreal’s midweek win over fellow Canadian side Vancouver was much needed. They did go behind initially as Yordy Reyna gave the Whitecaps the lead, but then an own goal from Doneil Henry and a goal from Maxi Urruti turned things around for the Impact. DC United were beaten 3-1 by Philadelphia Union last week, their second defeat at the hands of Philadelphia this month. The Union built a 3-0 lead before Luciano Acosta scored a consolation goal for DC.
Montreal and DC last met in April in a match which ended up finishing goalless. I will be gobsmacked if the same thing occurs this time around because of both sides’ defensive frailties and they have been leaking goals of late.
There are four players ruled out for Montreal through injury and they are Daniel Kinumbe, Victor Cabrera, Anthony Jackson-Hamel and talisman Ignacio Piatti who is a big miss.
DC United will be without Oniel Fisher as he recovers from knee surgery. Other absentees through injury are Russell Canouse, Chris Durking and Chris Odoi-Atsem. DC will also be without Wayne Rooney as the Englishman serves the second match of his suspension after picking up a red card recently.
Over 2.5 goals is the first bet I have picked out for this match and I would have expected this bet to come shorter than it does at 1.72. There have been three or more goals scored in 14 of Montreal Impact’s last 15 games and it has occurred in their last seven games in a row. There has also been plenty of goals scored at their home of the Saputo Stadium as eight of the last nine games there has seen over 2.5 goals. As well as that, DC United have seen three or more goals in four of their last five outings, and there were four goals scored in their last away trip.
Montreal look like great value to beat DC @ 1.75 and here’s why: DC United seem to be going through unrest and their season has began to unravel. They had previously been one of the strongest sides in the league with Wayne Rooney and Lucho Acosta being one of the most lethal duos around. However, since the whole moving to Derby announcement regarding Rooney, DC’s form has taken a serious hit. They have lost their last three games in succession, five of their last seven, and they have won just once in their last ten matches on the road. And that win was against FC Cincinnati so it isn’t really anything to shout about.