Atlanta United at Montreal Impact
|Date & Time||Saturday July 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal +205 / Draw +265 / Atlanta +110 -- Over/Under: 3.5
TVAS, ESPN+, FOX Sports South
We have some MLS action from the Saputo Stadium on Saturday evening as the Montreal Impact host Atlanta United.
Montreal comes into this match looking to build on back-to-back positive results, including a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers in their last outing away from home. Saphir Taider gave Montreal the lead in the 23rd minute followed by a Timbers equalizer in the 39th minute. The game stayed tied for just 2 minutes after that before Matteo Mancosu reclaimed the lead for the Impact but Montreal couldn’t hold on as Portland equalized again in the 65th minute resulting in the score draw. Montreal were out possessed 56%-44%, and outshot 18-11 and 8-2 in terms of shots on target. Ignacio Piatti leads Montreal with 10 goals and 8 assists this season.
Atlanta United comes into this match looking to maintain their own three game unbeaten run after a 3-1 victory over DC United last time out. Atlanta fell behind just 8 minutes into the match, before Josef Martinez struck at the half hour mark to tie the game. Martinez would strike twice more to complete the hat trick with goals in the 54th and 73rd minutes to seal all three points for the home side. Atlanta owned 56% possession to DC’s 44%, and outshot DC 17-5 and 9-2 in terms of shots on target. Martinez’s hat trick propels his MLS leading goal tally to 22 this season, while Miguel Almiron leads Atlanta with 9 assists.
Head-to-head, the home side has won all three meetings between these two teams and two of the three meetings have seen at least three goals scored.
Sizeable plus money at home with Montreal is tempting considering that the home side has had all of the success in the small history between these two sides. However, Atlanta is the best away team in the league, securing 20 of a possible 30 points away from home this season, and with Martinez leading the offensive attack, Atlanta looks like a serious contender to hoist the MLS Cup this season. As far as this match goes, Montreal is in the battle for a playoff spot, so I expect them to come out firing, but in the end I see Atlanta being too much and picking up the win here.