Montreal enters tonight's tilt on what has been a harsh three-game skid, while Columbus gets back to action after resting for a week off the heels of beating Salt Lake last weekendThough Montreal is only four points behind the Crew, Columbus still has four games in hand. The Impact have performed brutally of late to say the least, as they conceded nine goals in their last three games while driving that streak to five matches with two or more buried in their net.
The recent signing of Italian legend Alessandro Nesta will eventually help bring the league’s worst defence (35 goals allowed in toal) into check, but unfortunately for Jesse Marsch’s side he won’t be in the lineup for Sunday’s encounter.
To break their dismal streak, the Impact are paying surprisingly paying 2.20, despite having lost their last pair of home matches to Toronto and Kansas City by a combined 6-1 score.
The draw result is being offered at 3.20.
The Crew, who are in the thick of the playoff hunt with 22 points after 15 matches, will be looking to continue the momentum they generated when they defeated the RSL 2-0 at home. Their away record is an average 2-3-3, and the Ohioans will need to improve their lacklustre offence - the third worst goal production in MLS with 16.
Columbus is paying 3.00 to win the match.
The best thing about Columbus this season has been its defence which had allowed the least amount of goals in all of MLS with 15, but with this game being against the defensively sour Impact, the Over 2.5 seems of decent value at 2.00.
The Asian Handicap bet also sees Columbus at +0.0/+0.5 with a payout of 1.88 while Montreal are offered at 1.96 with the + turned into the -.
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