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(March 5, 2016 - Source: Alex Menendez/Getty Images North America)

Orlando City v Montreal Impact

Orlando City hosts the Montreal Impact, seeking their first win after two draws.

Orlando City

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 Impact

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)

The Odds

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Orlando City to win @ 2.20 (6/5) with Betfair.
Montreal Impact to win @ 3.25 (9/4) with Unibet.
Draw @ 3.80 (14/5) with Red Zone.

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.

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