MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: San Jose vs Montreal
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: In an East meets West clash, the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the Montreal Impact with both teams doing all they can to secure positions in the post-season. Montreal has had the better of San Jose in three all-time meetings, having two wins a draw in the young series.
The Impact are coming off an impressive 0 - 0 draw against the high-powered Galaxy offense at StubHub Center last weekend, and have finally put together back-to-back outings without a loss for the first time since the first week of August. Montreal enters their mid-week match tied for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference with Orlando City, although officially they are holding down the sixth spot that would get them through if the season ended last weekend.
Not only that, but Montreal has three of four games in hand on the rest of the conference, and will be returning home for a three-game home stand upon leaving California. That home stand will not be that easy to navigate however, as the two teams tied for first place, the Red Bulls and DC United, are two of those three teams they will be facing on the road.
The schedule won't be as favorable in the final month of the regular season for the Impact, as they will be playing four of their final five games away from Stade Saputo.
San Jose also held the LA Galaxy scoreless just three outings ago, and are playing their fourth consecutive home game. After one stop at Yankee Stadium coming up this next weekend to face NYCFC, the Quakes will again return home for a three-game home stand against Real Salt Lake, Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City.
San Jose enters their mid-week outing two points behind both Portland and Sporting Kansas City, and only three points behind Seattle for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings.
San Jose missed out on a golden opportunity last weekend against Seattle to take a heads-up meeting that could have propelled them in to a three-way tie for the sixth spot, but had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw against the Sounders.
The Quakes scored in the 70th minute and seemingly had three points locked up, but Obafemi Martins stole two of those points in the 82nd minute for the Sounders, who themselves are getting in a groove now that they have a healthy squad available again.
San Jose is still dealing with the injury bug, as three players who are out for the year join four other players who are dealing with short-term injuries.
Innocent, Steven Lenhart and Jordan Stewart are all most likely done for the season, unless a deep playoff run could see the return of Lenhart, but that isn't likely.
Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Victor Bernardez, Paulo Renato, and Khari Stephenson all sat out last weekend's game against Seattle, and are questionable to return to the lineup in this mid-week affair.
Last 3 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have on 3 occasions in MLS action, with Montreal having 2 Wins and a Draw in the all-time series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
SJ -0.5 -115
Montreal +0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The line setters are predicting a home win here, listing the Quakes at -115 on the 3-Way line, which basically stems from the fact that the Impact have two wins away from Stade Saputo over the last two seasons.
We will not need Montreal to win this week, however, if we simply throw in the +0.5 handicap offer, as we did down the stretch of the 2014 season that saw us cash ticket after ticket in our previews last year.
Hoping to relive the success of taking the Montreal +0.5 as often as we did last season, we luckily don't need them to win to cash this ticket we are about to offer on the Impact.
The +0.5 handicap offer goes in as our suggestion, with the expectation of a low-scoring draw hopefully coming to fruition so we can cash the ticket, not to say we wouldn't mind if the Impact grab an early lead and find three points, but either result will work for us.