Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Columbus Crew created a major upset on the opening day of the MLS 2018 campaign, as the team beat Toronto 2-0 at the BMO Field. Federico Higuain and new signing Gyasi Zardes scored either side of the break to silence the home crowd. Jozy Altidore failed to score in a one-on-one situation late in the game, while Sebastian Giovinco hit the woodwork from a curling effort. Montreal Impact’s poor pre-season form extended with a 2-1 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps. The hosts were dominant for much of the game, but two quick second-half goals from Kei Kamara and Alphonso Davies put them in a strong position. Even though Matteo Mancosu pulled one back with nine minutes left, Remi Garde started his reign with a defeat.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Columbus Crew are aiming for a third consecutive win over Montreal Impact. Gregg Berhalter’s team are in a good frame of mind coming into this game, as the Crew produced an impressive win over Toronto in the opening day. Meanwhile, Montreal could be set for more away blues. Columbus Crew are a good pick to win at both halves in this game. Federico Higuain has a strong record against Montreal Impact after managing to score six goals and create four assists in 12 games against this club. He scored twice in the meeting at the MAPFRE stadium last season. I would back Higuain to score anytime in this match.

Columbus Crew win at half-time and full-time – 13/10

Federico Higuain to score anytime – 11/8

Columbus Crew saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Columbus Crew saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Montreal Impact saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Columbus Crew

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Columbus Crew Form Guide

Columbus Crew Team Logo

Columbus Crew

Won

4

Draw

1

Lost

5
D H

09-06-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

14-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

24-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Los Angeles FC

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

01-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

08-07-2018

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy Team Logo LA Galaxy

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

New York City FC Team Logo New York City FC

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Orlando City Team Logo Orlando City

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

29-07-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 3)

W H

12-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Houston Dynamo Team Logo Houston Dynamo

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

19-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Montreal Impact Form Guide

Montreal Impact Team Logo

Montreal Impact

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

01-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Sporting Kansas City Team Logo Sporting Kansas City

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

08-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids Team Logo Colorado Rapids

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-07-2018

Major League Soccer

New York City FC Team Logo New York City FC

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes Team Logo San Jose Earthquakes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-07-2018

Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps Team Logo Vancouver Whitecaps

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

29-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

05-08-2018

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

12-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Columbus Crew Preview

Columbus Crew were able to score at the right times in the game against Toronto and cause a major upset in the first match of the new campaign. There are plenty of positives for Columbus Crew to take into the next few matches. There is a significant possibility of the team building on this first win, as three out of the next four games are at home. Last season, the Crew only picked up four wins in their entire away campaign. Gregg Berhalter will be delighted to see his team hit 25% of this figure after the opening game. Gyasi Zardes scoring on his debut is a positive for the club, while last season’s top scorer – Federico Higuain – also found himself on the scoresheet.

Columbus Crew Team News

Mike Grella (knee) is the only player on the sidelines for Columbus Crew.

Montreal Impact Preview

Despite a late push, Montreal Impact’s opening day performance against Vancouver Whitecaps did not suggest a team capable of making an impact in the MLS 2018 table; Montreal only had one shot on target in the 90 minutes. After having finished only a couple of places above the bottom of the Eastern Conference, there is a lot of pressure on Remi Garde in order to get a fairly successful campaign. However, the manager starting out with a defeat in his first match is not the ideal solution. Last season, Ignacio Piatti was a major source of goals for Montreal and the midfielder had a decent showing against Vancouver.

Montreal Impact Team News

Kyle Fischer (shin), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (hamstring), and Zakaria Diallo (Achilles tendon) are now available for manager Remi Garde.

Columbus Crew Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Montreal Impact Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Columbus Crew vs Montreal Impact Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
23 GK Zack Steffen 190 -
25 LB Harrison Afful 168 64
4 CD Jonathan Mensah 188 75
17 CD Lalas Abubakar - -
19 RB Milton Valenzuela 168 64
9 CM Pedro Santos 173 76
10 CM Federico Higuain 172 68
7 CDM Artur - -
6 CDM Wil Trapp - -
18 CM Christian Martinez 170 79
11 CF Gyasi Zardes 188 79
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Evan Bush 188 -
3 RB Daniel Lovitz 178 -
22 CD Jukka Raitala 180 77
2 CD Victor Cabrera 183 -
24 LB Michael Petrasso 168 75
6 CDM Samuel Piette 175 69
16 LM Jeisson Vargas 170 68
13 CM Ken Krolicki 178 70
8 CM Saphir Taider 180 73
10 RM Ignacio Piatti 181 79
21 CF Matteo Mancosu 182 75