Toronto-Montreal Impact Betting Preview: Goals expected when Canadians clash

These two sides find themselves at opposite ends of Major League Soccer's eastern conference but Willie Duncan expects goals when they go head-to-head at BMO Field
Toronto and Montreal Impact may be experiencing contrasting fortunes in Major League Soccer’s eastern conference but there is sure to be plenty of passion on display when the Canadian rivals go head-to-head in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Ryan Nelsen’s side have endured a torrid campaign thus far, winning just two of their 16 league matches and the home side are chalked up as a 17/10 (2.70) chance with Bet365 to secure a vital victory at BMO Field on Thursday.

By contrast, Montreal lead the Eastern Conference by a solitary point from New York Red Bulls, although it is worth noting that Marco Schallibaum’s side have no fewer than three games in-hand over their closest rivals.

Impact will fancy their chances of extending their lead at the top and can be backed at a chunky 13/8 (2.63) with Bet365 to claim all three points here while the same firm offer 11/5 (3.20) that the two sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

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Despite their lofty league position, Montreal do not boast an impressive defensive record. Indeed, Marco Schallibum’s men have conceded the same number of goals as struggling Toronto despite having played one fewer fixture.

However, the difference between the sides is highlighted by the “goals for” column, with the league leaders having scored 27 compared with just 14 goals netted by Ryan Nelsen’s men.

With both sides suffering from defensive deficiencies, Bet365 offer just 8/11 (1.73) that both sides are on the scoresheet but the 21/20 (2.05) quote from the same firm that three or more goals are scored here appears to offer greater value.

It is worth noting that Impact’s fixtures have averaged 3.2 goals thus far this term – the highest for the eastern conference - and, with that in mind, backing goals appears to be a sensible ploy for punters once again.

Marco Schallibaum’s side are hugely tempting at 13/8 (2.63) in Bet365’s win-draw-win market but, given Impact’s patchy away form, the value lies in the goals market and the chunky 21/20 (2.05) quote from Bet365 for more than two goals to be scored is the recommended play here.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter