MLS Soccer Betting: New York City FC vs Montreal
Friday, July 31th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: New York City FC and Montreal wrap up their season series this weekend, and the expansion team from New York looks for the sweep after taking each of the first two outings thus far. The news around both clubs entering this weekend is the influx of European players to MLS, with Didier Drogba being the latest arrival to the league.
Drogba landed in Montrealthis Wednesday, and the fans showed up in droves at the Montreal airport to show their support for the veteran, chanting his name and begging for autographs as the star came through the tunnel with his Montreal Impact scarf waving proud.
His arrival comes just in time. The Impact finds themselves clinging to the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference as this weekend's round of MLS action begins. Tied with two teams with 24 points, they have played three less games than that of NYCFC and Orlando City, and this heads-up meeting could prove pivotal for both NYCFC and Montreal.
Drogba will not be playing this weekend, however, but the excitement around the team is worth noting. All reports out of Impact camp speak of his arrival hoping it will be the boost they need to finish out the regular season with a bang.
The Impact got by a depleted Seattle club last weekend with a 1 - 0 home win at Stade Saputo. To say the game was a sleeper is an understatement, as Seattle did not put a single shot on goal, and it took until the 88th minute for the Impact to secure the win.
Outside of Kenny Cooper and Cameron Porter, who we know will miss the rest of the season, Eric Alexander and Justin Mapp are likely out of the midfield this weekend. Defender Hassoun Camara is dealing with a knee injury and is questionable to return.
NYCFC welcomed the first appearance of Andrea Pirlo last weekend in their 5 - 3 win over Orlando City at Yankee Stadium. We are still awaiting the first sighting of Frank Lampard, who apparently cannot shake the calf injury, and is listed as questionable again this weekend. Mehdi Ballouchy picked up a yellow card against Orlando City, and that will cost him a suspension this weekend.
Also on the MLS injury report for NYCFC is Chris Wingert with a hamstring issue, andKhiry Shelton with a quad injury. Connor Brandt had successful hernia surgeryon Wednesday and the rookie has yet to have much of an impact on the season, with only one appearance on the year.
NYCFC's August schedule is daunting, as they will face the Red Bulls on the road next weekend, and come home for a meeting with first place DC United just four days later. They will wrap up the month with two meetings with Columbus, wrapped around their outing with the defending champion LA Galaxy. Each of those clubs are in the top four of the standings, and will all have a playoff atmosphere with only so many games remaining in the season.
Last 2 MLS Meetings:
NYCFC is 2 - 0 in the series with one win at home in June, and a win in Montreal on July 4.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYCFC -0.5 -105
Montreal +0.5 -115
Total O/U 3:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
What have we learned from matches played at Yankee Stadium? It helped us once again last weekend and, if you need a hint that would be goal scoring at the historic baseball venue.
We saw eight goals with NYCFC and Orlando City last weekend, and now the line setters are apparently on to it, moving the total to a straight 3, instead of the customary 2.5.
Who are we to argue with goals being scored at Yankee Stadium?
It is all that we can predict to expect three goals to come again, and if the line setters want to offer a +115 on the action, than we will only say thank you for the lovely offer.
The Over 3 goes in as our recommendation at +115 for the first game of the weekend, and we hope to carry over our 8 - 1 record from last weekend's predictions, right in to this round of matches.