MLS Soccer Betting: Columbus vs Montreal
Friday, June 5th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds:This is the first of two meetings the teams will have in the 2015 season. Montreal kicks-off a stretch of road games that has them away from home for four of their next five outings.Starting at MAPFRE Stadium this weekend, they will then head to Yankee Stadium to face NYCFC next weekend, and head home for a match with Orlando City. The Impact will then hit the road for a rival match with Toronto at BMO Field, and end the stretch at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Since resuming their MLS schedule after the break from other competitions, Montreal has already pulled themselves out of the Eastern Conference basement. If you recall, they had only played three games to everyone else's 6 or 7 at the time they resumed MLS action. As you can see in the table, they are the only team in single digits games played, still to this point, with nine.
The Impact has since reeled off three straight home wins, with one loss to Chicago on the road squeezed in their last four outings. The run has now given them a three-point cushion above NYCFC in the East.
The Impact is still dealing with a shopping list of an injury report, that has eight players listed as out, and two others listed as questionable. As a result, Frank Klopas has had to install many different lineups throughout the season, more so on the back line.
The front six of Jack McInerney, Ignacio Patti, Dilly Duka, Andres Romero, Eric Alexander and Marco Donadel, has basically been doing the damage through all the Impact campaigns they have played this year. Let's not forget that this Impact squad did play in the Champions League final, and is also competing in the Canadian Championship finals in August with Vancouver.
We must give credit to the Impact's coach Klopas for their accomplishments this season, having his team ready to fight on any given night and getting winning results, without having his full complement roster with him at any point of this year.
It is the road that has hurt the Impact thus far, with not only having zero wins, but being outscored 7 - 0, obviously without scoring a single goal in their four games played away from Stade Saputo.
Please don't think this is something new, because the Impact did not win a single road game in 2014, going 0 - 12 - 5 in 17 outings.
The Crew looks to add to the win side of the home ledger, having a 4 - 1 - 1 record at MAPFRE Stadium in 6 games played thus far.
Luckily they are home, because they are also one of the teams in the Eastern Conference who have yet to win a road game, while coming off a 3 - 0 beat down by the Union at PPL Park just a few days ago.
Kei Kamara came off the field just minutes after the Union took a 3 - 0 lead around the hour mark, being the first man to come off and giving way to Federico Higuain in the 65th minute. The Crew only managed a single shot on goal in the first half, and were only able to muster up a second attempt on net in the second half, putting up a lackluster performance if there ever was one.
Last 9 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 9 times in MLS history, and the Crew leads the series with 6 Wins, 2 Losses and a Draw.
The home teams are 7 - 1 - 1 in the MLS series as well, although Montreal did win a Pro Classic game here in Ohio in 2013.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Columbus -0.5 -140
Montreal +0.5 +120
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It is no mystery now that these two teams just do not travel well, to say the least.So essentially, that would obviously lean us towards a play on the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium. The problem is the price because, as you know from our previews here at Diamond, no play has ever been offered above -135, in all of our previews for MLS, and the European leagues in fact.
The Crew are a perfect 5 - 0 at home against Montreal, and that is noteworthy to an extent, but we see things a different way.The potential for a Draw comes to our mind, as the Impact can play with anyone, and should be able to manage some type of result here, in our opinion at least.
With the lovely price of +120, it is not wrong to have the expectation that Montreal will want to add to the 1 - 0 June start, while also acknowledging that they could pull within two points of the Crew with a big win. History is what it is, and we hope the Impact can help our history, by making a play on the +0.5 handicap line on Montreal at +120.