MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs Montreal
Friday, June 26th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Philadelphia Union will host the Montreal Impact at PPL Park in Chester, PA for the lone time this season, while the two will meet again onAugust 22at Stade Saputo to finish the two-game series. In eight all-time MLS meetings, the road team has yet to take three points in the series. The two played to a 1 - 1 - 1 record in their three meetings in 2014, with each team winning at home and the draw coming at Stade Saputo in the first encounter last year.
Montreal has been among the worst road teams in all of MLS n past two seasons, not winning a single game last season and only one win to show from their seven games played away from home this year. They have been outscored 14 - 4 in those seven games, but will luckily play three of their four games on the July schedule at home.
The Impact is coming off a disheartening 3 - 1 loss to rival Torontoon Wednesday, and will be playing their third game in eight days when they line up at PPL Park this weekend.
In the loss to Toronto, the trio of Bradley, Giovinco and Altidore all contributed goals for the Reds, although Montreal did make it 1 - 0 in their favor early in the game. DefenderAmbroise Oyongo tallied in the 19th minute for the Impact, with their only official shot on goal in the first half of play.
The Union still leads all of MLS with 30 goals allowed, with their closest competitor being the Revolution with 24 goals surrendered in 2015.
Philadelphia is the only team in MLS with 10 losses in the Eastern Conference standings, although they are only two points behind the Red Bulls for the sixth and final playoff spot entering the round.
The Union are in the midst of a five-game home stand that includes a U.S Open Cup encounter with DC United onJune 30. They started the home stand with a 1 - 0 win over the depleted Seattle Sounders, who we have discussed are currently without Dempsey and Martins. The Sounders were unable to overcome Dempsey's second absence of his three-game suspension, and Martins injury that will see him out for some time.
The Union held Seattle without a shot on goal in the first half, and ultimately missed an early opportunity to take a 1 - 0 lead, after the missed penalty kick from the Union's Maurice Edu just after the half-hour mark.
C.J Sapong secured the win with a goal in the 69th minute after a perfect pass fromSheanon Williams that found Sapong at the top of the six-yard box, finishing with a header off the deflected save attempt from Sounder GK Stefan Frei. With a clean sheet from Brian Sylvestre, the Union got back to their winning ways, after two straight setbacks had put them close to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Last 8 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 8 times in MLS action, with Montreal leading the series with 4 Wins, 2 Losses and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philadelphia -0.5 -105
Montreal +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Montreal is still one of the hardest teams to back when they leave Stade Saputo, and as much as we do not see Philadelphia as a strong opponent, making a play on the side here is a tough task.
Montreal has only scored four goals in their travels this season, and we know that could be eased by the fact that the Union have had issues stopping any quality offense, as the Impact have for the most part.
With 51 combined goals allowed between these two this year, we will once again turn the total in this one, as we have done more often than not in MLS action over the last two seasons here at BetDSI.
If the line setters want us to decide where to spend the $10 of juice on this total, both being offered at -110, than the Over 2.5 is certainly going to be where we go here.
We should see the three goals we will need to cash our tickets, despite Montreal struggling finding the net away from Stade Saputo as they are, and have been for two seasons, as we mentioned.
This could likely be a 2 - 2 draw, and we do see the both teams to score prop listed at -140 towards the 'yes' side of the action. We anticipate them both scoring obviously, and all we essentially need is at least one of them to do it twice, to see our Over 2.5 tickets earning us the funds.