Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Toronto aiming to compensate for their previous result
- Manager Thierry Henry left with much-needed changes on hand for Montreal
- Key figures expected to maintain good run of form for Toronto
|What||Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida)|
|When||Thursday, July 16th at 8:00 PM EST|
|How to watch||FS1 and TUDN|
Get ready for the Canadian Classique. Featuring two of MLS’ three Canadian franchises, the rivalry between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC is one that has rarely failed to entertain since the first official match between the two clubs in 2008.
On Thursday, both will battle for not only bragging rights, but also three valuable points in the MLS Is Back competition.
As the finalists of last year’s MLS Cup final, it’s fair to say that Toronto will be one of the teams to keep an eye on in the current tournament. Their roster, which is filled with some of the best players in the league, will be expected to make a deep run over the next few weeks. That said, their bitter rivals could complicate things.
The Impact has been known to frustrate their more successful adversaries. In their last nine meetings, Montreal has claimed four victories over Toronto.
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Toronto have the upperhand here. After dropping two points in Sunday’s disappointing 2-2 draw with DC United, most fans and experts anticipate that they will bounce back and clinch three points against the Impact this Thursday.
Toronto Have Something To Prove After Recent Draw
Toronto should have easily coasted to a win in their MLS Is Back debut on Sunday. Heading into halftime, the Canadian squad found themselves with a 2-0 lead and a one-man advantage over a DC United side that had earned an early red.
And then came the questionable substitutions.
Perhaps feeling too confident, Toronto manager Greg Vanney shot himself in the foot by making a number of defensive changes in the 2nd half. DC United took advantage of their small window of an opportunity late into the game and scored twice in the final 10 minutes, eventually making it 2-2.
As one of the favorites in the tournament, it would be a surprise to see Toronto and Vanney to make similar mistakes in their upcoming game. They have something to prove and it could come at a cost for the Impact.
Can Thierry Henry Make The Right Adjustments For Montreal?
A narrow 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution implies that Montreal was in a tightly-contested battle, right?
The Impact was listless in their MLS Is Back debut. Manager Thierry Henry’s men failed to create an adequate amount of scoring opportunities and were also poor with their decision-making. Following the loss, the manager publicly chastised the attitude and approach of his unenergetic roster.
Henry must make changes. Whether it be an issue of morale or a reassessment of their inefficient chance creation, the French manager must iron out his deficiencies before going up against a Toronto squad that is more than capable of finding at least a couple of goals on Thursday.
Toronto’s Attacking Firepower Could Be On Display
If there are any silver-linings from Toronto’s recent draw, it’s the fact that key players look to be in top shape for the tournament.
Central midfielder Michael Bradley appeared more proactive than normal, Alejandro Pozuelo was incredible with his key passes, and striker Ayo Akinola was ruthless in front of the net. Toronto dominated possession before the substitutions were made and had 10 shots alone in just the first 45 minutes.
Let’s not forget Jozy Altidore either. If the star forward is fit, Montreal will have to hold back another prodigious source of goals.
Toronto is dangerous, and despite the latest draw, a number of players have already started an early good run of form.
All signs point to Toronto gaining the win here. They’ll be hungry for three points after their recent draw, and following Montreal’s latest questionable performance, a victory now appears imminent. Stick with Toronto for this one.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.