Montreal Impact v Chicago Fire - Sunday 00:30, Sky Sports 3
Montreal Impact have a chance to put last week’s frustrations against the Red Bulls to bed with a game that appears eminently winnable. Chicago Fire are bottom of the Eastern Conference table and winless in their last five matches. In addition, they have only won once in their last eight games against Montreal Impact, losing the last three. Armenian striker David Arshakyan is likely to make his debut against Montreal and the 6’4” target man will have to have a big impact if Chicago are to end this sequence of results.
Veljko Paunovic sent his team out against Orlando with a back three, and should the experiment be repeated this could spell trouble for his team. Montreal Impact played with two up front against the Red Bulls but coach Mauro Biello will almost certainly revert to his usual formation with Drogba leading the line on his own here. This could see Chicago’s extra centre-half made redundant with no-one to mark and Montreal can be confident of having the extra player in midfield where the tie should be won. Ignacio Piatti may also be able to drift out to the left behind the wing-back, and will relish the chance to isolate the right-sided centre-back in one-on-one situations. The skipper’s netted 13 times in 21 appearances already this season, including when these sides last met in Apriland we’re backing him to get on the scoresheet again here.
Impact are themselves experiencing some inconsistent form having won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches, but are unlikely to have a better opportunity to reduce the gap at the top of the Eastern Conference table where they hold two games in hand over leaders New York City, especially as Chicago Fire have only won three of their last 18 matches. They can be backed for the win/win in the half-time/full-time market at 2.55.