Orlando City hosts the Montreal Impact, seeking their first win after two draws.
No wins, though no losses either for Orlando City. A winning start by their standards. Not bad considering they’re a team in rebuild coming off a horrendous last place showing last season. They could have been sitting prettier if it wasn’t for a stoppage time equalizer at the hand of C.J Sapong of the Chicago Fire last weekend. Doubly disappointing considering they were playing with an extra man. The tie snapped a 14-game road losing streak. That after coming back from a two-goal deficit against NYCFC in the season opener at home.
Dom Dwyer put Orlando on the scoreboard in the 47th minute off a Nani assist, the 200th goal in the young club’s history. Through two games, the three-centerback formation has been working. Shane O’Neill, rookie Kamal Miller, and De John have shown to be building nice chemistry between them, helping to solidify the back line. Along with a good attacking front and with the experience and calming presence of Nani, Orlando looks poised to settle into good football as the season progresses.
Orlando City Injury News
- OUT: Tesho Akindele (hamstring)
- DAY-TO-DAY: Defender Lamine Sane (Calf)
Orlando City Home MLS League Form
|02.03.2019||DRAW||Orlando City v New York City FC||2 – 2 (HT 0 – 2)|
|21.10.2018||WIN||Orlando City v Columbus Crew||2 – 1 (HT 1 – 0)|
|18.10.2018||LOSS||Orlando City v Seattle Sounders||1 – 2 (HT 0 – 2)|
|23.09.2018||DRAW||Orlando City v Houston Dynamo||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|02.09.2018||DRAW||Orlando City v Philadelphia Union||2 – 2 (HT 1 – 1)|
Montreal was headed for a draw against the Houston Dynamo after a season opening win coming back from a goal down in San Jose. However, like Orlando they were also done in by a late goal by Mauro Manotas, taking the loss in Houston. They got the start they wanted on the road with a Saphir Taïder goal in the 34th minute. Only to be evened a few minutes later. For Taïder, it was the second straight game with a score. Montreal lacked the drive they needed to push through after giving up the equalizer, failing to register another shot on goal for the rest of the match.
While scoring Montreal’s first goal of the season, Ignacio Piatti was kept at bay in Houston. As Piatti goes, the Impact go, and there’s something about Orlando that makes him go hard. 12.5% of Piatti’s 64 MLS goals were scored against the Lions.
Montreal Impact Injury News
- OUT: Midfielder Ken Krolicki (dislocated right elbow, out 6-weeks)
- OUT: Goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu (left knee cyst, out 3-6 months)
- OUT: Midfielder Harry Novillo (hamstring)
- OUT: Midfielder Clement Bayiha (hamstring)
Montreal Impact Away MLS Form
|09.03.2019||LOSS||Houston Dynamo v Montreal Impact||2 – 1 (HT 1 – 1)|
|03.03.2019||WIN||SJ Earthquakes v Montreal Impact||1 – 2 (HT 1 – 2)|
|28.10.2018||LOSS||New England Revolution v Montreal Impact||1 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|30.09.2018||LOSS||DC United v Montreal Impact||5 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)|
|16.09.2018||WIN||Philadelphia Union v Montreal Impact||1 – 4 (HT 1 – 2)|
Head to Head Statistics
|24.06.2018||MLS League||Orlando City v Montreal Impact||0 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)|
|14.06.2018||MLS League||Montreal Impact v Orlando City||3 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)|
|06.08.2017||MLS League||Montreal Impact v Orlando City||2 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)|
|18.06.2017||MLS League||Orlando City v Montreal Impact||3 – 3 (HT 2 – 1)|
|02.10.2016||MLS League||Orlando City v Montreal Impact||0 – 1 (HT 0 – 0)|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 08:00 GMT 16/03/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Orlando has been playing better than even they would admit. A home match against a Montreal team trying to find themselves brings hope for their first win of the season. However, Montreal is unbeaten in their last five against Orlando and seem to have their number.