Montreal v DC United
It is the penultimate round of matches in the MLS regular season this weekend and one of the bigger ones is the one at Saputo Stadium where CF Montreal host fellow Eastern Conference side DC United.
Although it seems unlikely, CF Montreal are still in the race for the Supporters’ Shield this season and if they win their last two matches and Philadelphia Union and Los Angeles FC fail to win their last two then the Canadian side will cap a wonderful campaign with silverware.
With their rivals both away from home this weekend, Montreal could easily still be in the race on Decision Day next week, but they will have to beat DC United in order for that to be the case.
You would think that DC are perfect opponents for Montreal in this match as they aren’t playing for anything and if we are being totally honest about the situation, they haven’t really improved under Wayne Rooney like they would have been expected to.
Montreal will be without their star man Djordje Mihailovic for this match as he has accumulated too many yellow cards but there still looks to be more than enough in the Canadian attack to get the job done here with Romell Quioto, Kei Kamara and Mason Toye all good attacking options not to mention Joaquin Torres.
In a match Montreal need to win to keep their Supporters’ Shield hopes alive I expect them to get the job done against a DC outfit who have won just one of their last nine on the road.
Vancouver Whitecaps v Austin FC
The race for the play-off places in the Western Conference will be in the spotlight in the early hours of Sunday morning when another Canadian side, Vancouver Whitecaps, play host to Austin FC in what is a big game for the home side.
The Whitecaps know their only route into the play-offs is to win out and while this will be a successful campaign for them anyway after winning the Canadian Championship, ultimately, they will be judged on their outings in the MLS.
Needing to win to stay alive is nothing new for the Whitecaps. They have won their last two matches to keep themselves in play-off contention and know only a third and fourth will do and even then, they will need results to go their way.
It does mean that they are going to have to be prepared to take some risks as they go after the goals they need to pick up a win and that should be music to the ears of an Austin side, who weren’t in the greatest nick heading into the international break, but who certainly don’t lack for class and should be nicely refreshed after a fortnight without a game and not too many players away on international duty.
While Austin are safe in the play-offs, they do still need a point to secure second spot so they should be going out to win this game and take momentum into the postseason with them and that looks like a recipe for goals. Add into the mix that Sebastian Driussi is seeking the Golden Boot and needs goals for that quest then with the desire for both to get goals to win the match this looks an obvious over 2.5 goals candidate.
Nashville SC v Houston Dynamo
The final match of the weekend comes from GEODIS Park where Nashville SC look to continue their good recent form when they host a Houston Dynamo side who have been playing out the campaign for far too long already.
Nashville have four wins and two draws in their last six matches and will be feeling as though they are hitting form at just the right time. They also have the current leading scorer in the league and potential MVP candidate Hany Mukhtar in fine form with the two likely going together.
He is looking to hold off Sebastian Driussi in the race for the Golden Boot, so he’ll be eager to find the net but perhaps just as importantly his team still need three points to confirm a play-off spot.
At present, Nashville sit fourth in the table and if they can maintain that position over the next two weeks or better it, they will host a postseason game which makes their path through a lot easier.
Houston are playing out time and it is showing. They have just two wins in their last 11 and just one win in 11 on their travels. In fact, in those 11 outings they have picked up just four points which is really the route of their problems.
Dynamo are currently averaging more than two goals against away from home so they look like cherries waiting to be picked by this Nashville side who were always good enough this term but have really caught fire in recent weeks.
I expect the home side to win this and win it well. They have 12 goals in their last four home matches and with Mukhtar eager for more I expect Nashville to notch at least twice here.
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