Play the Draw in MLS Action as Montreal Impact Faces a Confident Orlando City

Steven Suarez

Thursday, June 18, 2015 7:50 PM GMT

Orlando City hasn't tasted defeat in over a month now, but the newly-minted MLS outfit will face a tough challenge this weekend in Montreal. Who are the soccer odds favoring heading into Saturday?

Odds Overview
Though the Impact are at home, they're not overwhelmingly favored on the soccer odds board. They're trading in the +135 to +150 range on their home turf.

If you're thinking Orlando City is going to keep momentum high with another positive result, you can find them at an appealing price which is at just over +200 at the top sportsbooks. A draw is quoted at roughly +240, so it's clear that we're going to be in for a hard-fought contest, likely decided by just one goal or ending in a deadlock.

 

Montreal Impact
The Impact have been in better form of late, having won three of their last five matches, yet they still find themselves languishing near the bottom of the standings. Out of 10 teams in the conference, Montreal is currently in eighth place, though it should be noted that they've got a number of matches to make up. 

It will have been a full week off since the Impact's last match. They lost 3-1 away to the New York Red Bulls, with Wandrille Lefevre scoring the lone goal for Montreal. It was a forgettable showing from the team's defense, and they had a lot of trouble coming to terms with David Villa, who scored once and had an assist to boot.

Overall, the Impact are having quite a bit of trouble finding the back of the net on a consistent basis, as they've scored just 14 goals in 11 matches. Ignacio Piatti, Andres Romero and Jack McInerney have each scored three goals apiece, with no other member of the club scoring multiple goals. Who's going to step up on Sunday?

 

Orlando City
What a debut season it's been for the Lions thus far. They're currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, having picked up five wins, five draws and five losses in their first 15 league matches, while posting a goal differential of +1. 

Most of those good performances have come over the last month or so, as Orlando City has gone unbeaten over a six-match stretch which has seen them top the LA Galaxy, Chicago, DC United and Charleston Battery; the latest win came in the MLS Cup away from home and was one of the most exciting battles of the competition so far. Despite three goals (all penalties) from Carlos Rivas, the Lions still needed penalties to grab the win.

Star player Kaka wasn't risked in the domestic competition, but he figures to return to the starting XI here in league play against the Impact. The Brazilian has looked like a man amongst boys out there on the pitch, scoring a team-best seven goals to go with two assists in 15 appearances. We can't wait to see what tricks he has up his sleeve in Canada this weekend.

 

MLS Pick
The Impact may be the hosts in this one, but they've been going through mixed form, and we're not sure we can feel fully confident in them getting a victory this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Lions have been performing at a very high level, and it's clear they intend to make a statement in their debut MLS season. They've been competitive essentially each and every time they've taken the pitch, and we're expecting that to be the case again on Saturday.

So, even though Montreal has won three straight at home, we believe they'll have to deal with a motivated and confident Orlando City, one that should do enough to earn at least a draw. With our soccer picks for the weekend, we are siding with the Lions to get a point and extend their unbeaten run as a result.

Pick: Montreal Impact 1 Orlando City 1

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