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This weekend’s action continues with DC United travelling to the Stade Saputo in Quebec to face Montreal Impact – kickoff at 1930hrs (EST)
Montreal Impact head into their Eastern Conference clash with DC United on the back of two recent disappointing results following a 2-2 draw away at Portland Timbers and last weekend’s 2-1 loss at home to Conference leaders, Atlanta United.
However, Saturday evening’s hosts have a golden opportunity to set the record straight at the Stade Saputo ground when strugglers DC United come to town, and although Montreal lost last time out on home turf, they’ll still be confident they can record a bounce-back win here.
Montreal Impact currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference but they’ll be mindful that only one point separates them from 7th placed Philadelphia Union who have to travel to Portland Timbers this Saturday evening.
Rather than depend on Philadelphia slipping up at Portland though, Montreal will be keen to ensure they take matters into their own hands in this clash, and having won 7 of their 9 wins overall on home soil they’ll be in a positive frame of mind to grab the spoils in this encounter.
Incidentally, Montreal have scored in 7 of their last 8 MLS matches overall, with influential Argentinian midfielder, Ignacio Piatti (11 goals, 8 assists) orchestrating proceedings from the middle of the park.
Home Form & Team News
Prior to the defeat to Atlanta United, Montreal had certainly made an impact as they’d strung together an excellent five-match winning sequence which included wins against Houston Dynamo, Orlando City, Sporting Kansas, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes.
This impressive sequence saw The Impact rack up 10 goals whilst conceding just 1 in reply which will have certainly pleased manager, Remi Garde, a former defender himself most notably with Arsenal in his playing career.
Montreal seemingly only deal in either wins or defeats though on home soil as their record of 7-0-4 19/13 indicates, but the hosts have failed to score just twice at home all season and with the likes of Saphir Taider (5 goals) and Alejandro Silva (5 assists) providing valuable support to Piatti, the home side look in good shape here.
Injuries to Chris Duvall, Kyle Fisher, Zakaria Diallo, David Choiniere and Louis Beland-Goyette may well see Remi Garde sticking with the same side that narrowly lost to Atlanta United despite defeat last time out.
Montreal have had the upper hand in recent meetings with DC United at home too having won their last two encounters, 2-0 and 4-2 respectively, and they’ll welcome another three points here this evening.
DC United still remain bottom of the Eastern Conference despite last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Western Conference strugglers Colorado Rapids, but it’ll give them something to build from here as they make their way over to Canada for Saturday’s date with Montreal Impact.
The highlight of last week’s win was new signing, Wayne Rooney, getting off the mark for the visitors following his summer transfer from English Premier League club, Everton, but DC United have posted mixed results in recent weeks.
The last five matches overall have seen DC United post home wins over Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 and the aforementioned 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids, but these recent successes have been offset by defeats against Atlanta United (away) and a 1-0 home loss to New York Red Bulls.
Indeed, DC United’s limited successes in what has been a disappointing season so far have almost all been achieved at their Audi Field where they’ve won 3 of their 4 matches this term.
The bigger picture though has seen DC United concede at least once in each of their last 12 matches overall, and even with the exploits of Yamil Asad (8 goals), Stieber (4 goals, 6 assists) and Acosta (7 assists) going forward, they’re still leaking goals at the other end.
Away Form & Team News
DC United are bottom of the Eastern Conference for a reason, and this is because they possess a poor away record which stands at a disappointing 1-4-8 21/30 and includes a dismal run of six matches without a win prior to this visit to Quebec.
A 3-1 win at Western Conference ‘whipping boys’ San Jose Earthquakes has been DC United’s only success so far on their travels, and they have a pretty woeful record overall on the road in recent times in the MLS.
Just one win from their last 16 matches away from home has been a major catalyst as to why they’re currently bottom of the pile, but perhaps the most damning statistic of all is that they’ve failed to keep a single clean sheet during this miserable 16-match sequence.
Manager, Ben Olsen, will be without the services of midfielder Nick DeLeon who has been one of DC United’s most consistent performers in a disappointing campaign through injury as well as defender Taylor Kemp who is also sidelined.
Olsen favours a 4-5-1 formation and he’s likely to opt for the same again here as he looks to pack the midfield in an effort to stifle the exploits of the attacking trio of Taider, Silva and Piatti.
The visitors may set their stall out to grind out a point here which would certainly be considered a good result given DC United’s poor set of results on the road this term, but this looks like their best chance here.
Not only have Montreal won the last two encounters at home against DC United, but they’ve also gone unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Washington outfit and they could edge another victory here this evening too.