Montreal Impact were just a few minutes away from securing a point in Chicago against Fire in mid-week. A draw in the Windy City would have brought their three match losing streak on the road to an end, but Kevin Ellis’ 89th minute goal for the hosts ensured Impact once again returned to Canada with nothing.
Impact have now been beaten in six of their seven away matches this season. Only a handful of clubs can point to worse records on the road, one of which are the visitors to the Stade Saputo this weekend, Philadelphia Union. Impact and Union sit side by side in the Eastern Conference in 8th and 9th respectively, with the gap between them standing at just one point.
Montreal haven’t lost to Union in any of their last six meetings with them, in fact, Philadelphia have come out on top in this fixture just three times in sixteen contests overall since 2010.
As miserable as Montreal’s form has been outside Canada, Manager Remi Garde can find some solace in his team’s results in Quebec. Impact have won two of their three games there so far in the 2018 MLS season and the six points taken from those victories accounts for two thirds of their total points haul so far.
Montreal have lost seven times already this term, racking up more defeats than any other MLS team across both Conferences. Impact also top the charts for goals conceded, shipping twenty four goals in their ten fixtures since the new campaign got under way. However, this weekend their reeling defenders have a slightly easier task, on paper at least.
Philadelphia Union are ranked as the worst performing team away from home so far this season. Union have lost four out of four on the road and they have yet to even register a single goal on their travels. That will be music to the ears of the Montreal defence who have been chasing shadows for two months.
Union have conceded ten goals less than Montreal, though they have played one game fewer than their hosts. Philadelphia’s goal concession average is just 1.5 per game, though they have scored just six times at the other end – the lowest total in the MLS.
Union’s away record last season was similarly appalling. They won just once on their travels last year. Philadelphia are serial underperformers away from home, so we can’t see anything other than a Montreal Impact win this week. Union’s goal averages are also consistently low, so we recommend taking the under 2.5 goal option as an alternative bet.
Our correct score prediction is forecasting a 2-0 win for the hosts and we’re tipping Ignacio Piatti to score at least one of those. The 33 year old Argentine midfielder has scored five times already this season. Four of those goals came in Montreal’s last two home matches.