Montreal Impact at Real Salt Lake
|Date & Time||Saturday August 11, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: RSL -160 / Draw +335 / Montreal +380 -- Over/Under: 3.5
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We have some MLS action from Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday as Real Salt Lake plays host to the Montreal Impact.
Real Salt Lake comes into this match looking to extend their current three game unbeaten run after a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire in their last outing. Damir Kreilach gave RSL the lead just before half time, and Salt Lake held that lead for all of three minutes after the break before Bastian Schweinsteiger tied the game in the 48th minute. Kreilach completed the brace and equalized for Salt Lake in the 75th minute, giving the home side all three points. Real Salt Lake owned two-thirds possession in the match, outshooting Chicago 15-11 and 10-4 in terms of shots on target. Kreilach is tied with Joao Plata for the team lead in scoring with 6 goals while Plata is one of three RSL players tied for the team lead in assists with 4 assists this season.
The Montreal Impact will be out to snap a three game winless drought of their own, following a 1-1 draw with DC United in their last outing. Matteo Mancosu gave the Impact the lead just 5 minutes in and carried that lead up until the 70 minute when DC equalized, leading to both teams sharing the points at the full time whistle. Montreal were narrowly out possessed 51%-49%, and outshot 19-17 and 5-3 in terms of shots on target. Ignacio Patti leads Montreal with 11 goals and 8 assists this season.
In six all-time head-to-head meetings between these two sides, the home side has never lost, winning five meetings and tying once. It’s also worth noting that the last five meetings have seen both teams get on the score sheet.
The head-to-head trends are quite impressive, and it’s a decent enough sample size that it’s a viable trend. It also doesn’t hurt that RSL are the best home side in the West. All in all, while the draw is tempting considering the form of both teams, I think that the home win is the way to go so I’ll back Real Salt Lake to take all three points here.