Montreal Impact v FC Cincinnati
The Impact got hammered 0-3 at home to DC United last time out and will be eager to rebound here. New manager Wilmer Cabrera has lost 2 out of 3 games since taking over at the helm. To some people it was a slight surprise that they decided to sack Frenchman Remi Garde because Montreal hadn’t exactly been in terrible form. A change of direction was what the club wanted though and at least under Cabrera the fans should be guaranteed excitement. He is an attack minded coach who likes to try and play nice football. Tactically, the Mexican boss is limited and often has no ‘Plan B’ if things start to go wrong. We are now getting to the stage of the season that if the Impact want to make the playoffs they are going to have to win some games again, starting here at home to Cincinnati. Le Stade Saputo is usually a stronghold for the Canadians but a 7-2-5 record here in 2019 is only average at best.
I won’t bang on about FC Cincinnati again as I do most weeks. But they got absolutely thumpred 1-5 at the weekend vs Toronto FC at home. The new MLS franchise have now lost 19 of their last 23 fixtures. They just look a complete mess at the moment and despite the Impact not being in the greatest of form, backing the hosts on a -1 Asian Handicap is surely a no brainer. Over 3 goals is also a natural sort of bet, as it is most weeks involving FCC. Montreal themselves have been heavily involved in a vast amount of high scoring matches this season too and it’s a surprise to see the goal line so low here. A lot of MLS matches are getting goal lines as a big as 3.5 and 3.25 regularly, with some even as high as 3.75. I am very happy to take up the generosity offered when you consider the porous nature of the Cincinnati defence. Maybe the visitors will score a goal but Montreal to win something like 3-1 or 4-1 is the sort of scoreline I’m expecting.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Montreal Impact -1.00 at 1.800
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 2.020
Portland Timbers v DC United
The Timbers played a huge number of away games in the first half of the season due to their own stadium getting renovated. The end result is that they now in the middle of a ridiculously long home run of fixtures. For the most part, Portland have been making hay in front of their own fans, winning 7 out of 12 games. A couple of recent defeats against Atlanta & Seattle put a slight damper on things. But consecutive victories facing RSL and SKC should have got them back on track. For the most part Portland are very hard to face in front of their own fans at Providence Park, where the atmosphere can be electric. With the likes of Diego Valeri and Brian Fernandez still in great form they will always carry a massive threat going forwards.
Travelling here this Sunday are a DC United side who have become very inconsistent recently. I was surprised to see them beat Montreal 3-0 away from home last week. United had been looking very ragged of late and it was worrying how porous their defence was starting to become. Perhaps the clean sheet will have given them some new found confidence but I suspect DCU will be tested severely by a very strong Portland attack in this game. Sometimes in away matches United tend to operate more negatively and try to soak up pressure. To some degree it has worked with DCU having the second best away record in the Eastern Conference. I tend to feel that they are quite a lucky team though and if other sides fully punished them, it could’ve been a different story.
These two teams only meet each other once a year and the last five H2Hs have resulted in home wins. I’m expecting the exact same again here and think Portland will be too strong. Backing them on a -1 Asian Handicap looks like the best bet to me, even if the Timbers have a habit of winning by exactly one goal recently. Should that scenario occur then it would result in a pushed refund which isn’t exactly the end of the earth anyway. If United revert back to their sloppy ways of August then this could end up in a very comfortable home win. Irrelevant of DCU, the Timbers can beat anyone at Providence Park so I back them with confidence.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Portland Timbers -1.00 at 1.970
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.
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