MLS Soccer Betting: Montreal vs DC United
Friday, September 25th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United was in first place and cruising throughout the first half of the season, but they now find themselves down to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, although still in a position to clinch a post-season berth with a win at Stade Saputo. Winless in their last five league outings, DC United can still back their way into the playoffs with a draw, combined with poor results from Orlando City and NYCFC.
DC United has been outscored 11 - 3 over the five-game streak that has caused them to plummet to fourth place in the East, but the fact remains that they are still in a position to not only earn a playoff bid, but first place and a Supporters Shield is not out of their grasp just yet.
The capital club is a mere three points behind the first place Red Bulls, and have two matches ahead of them that they will be favored to win, as they will return home to face NYCFC and Chicago before finishing the season against Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium.
Kofi Opare is finally back from a lengthy absence, and his presence was felt this week in United's Champions League outing this week, as Montego Bay had a 3 - 0 lead erased, which resulted in a 3 - 3 draw. Opare scored the second goal, and Michael Farfan leveled the match at three with an extra time goal.
Montreal is playing their third straight home game at Stade Saputo, as they look to go 3 - 0 in front of their fans over the home stand.
The Impact are riding a five-game streak without a loss, and have a four-point lead on Orlando City for the sixth and final playoff spot available in the Eastern Conference.
Montreal will be kicking off a four-game tour away from home to start October, stopping at the Citrus Bowl to face Orlando City before heading to Yankee Stadium to face NYCFC. While playing three games in eight days, the trip continues with a game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park to face the Rapids, and concludes at Gillette Stadium to face New England.
The Impact will be without Laurent Ciman and Andres Romero who are suspended this weekend, while midfielders Justin Mapp and Patrice Bernier are questionable to dress with injuries.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met exactly 10 times in their MLS history that dates back to 2012, with DC United leading the series having 5 Wins, 2 Losses and 3 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Montreal -0.5 -125
DC +0.5 +105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We know Montreal is tough at home, but DC United has had the Impact's number the last two years, winning three and drawing twice in the last five meetings.
United has taken both contests this year between the two teams, with 1 - 0 victories at home, and here at Stade Saputo back onAugust 8.
With so much pressure on both sides to come away with points, this is likely to be a match with plenty of emotion, which leads to plenty of fouls and set pieces, but the line setters haven't left us much room for a play on this total, putting a -135 on the board towards the expectation of goals being scored.
With that said, the +0.5 handicap offer on United here seems like a better opportunity to find value, and these two could certainly play to a draw in the end, so at +105, the United +0.5 makes the board this weekend.