With the New England Revolution out of the race for the MLS Eastern Conference top spot, the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC have become the teams to beat. CF Montreal, which has gone four straight games without losing, is about to join the list. Defeating visiting Inter Miami on Saturday could boost them up to second place.
On the other hand, the Herons are sitting in eighth place. They could snatch fifth place from Orlando City with a victory, but they could also end up being 11th. In other words, it’s a crucial game for both and the perfect scenario for any soccer betting enthusiast.
CF Montreal: On a Roll
On Wednesday Night, CF Montreal visited the Columbus Crew and snatched the three points in a six-minute span. The home side scored the opener in the first half while the Impact scored the equalizer, courtesy of Kei Kamara, in the 88th minute. Six minutes later, Joel Waterman scored the winning goal.
“It was a fantastic night. We could not get it done against NYCFC and we felt robbed after such a good game. It was a very special moment for me and the Club, but now we have to get ready for Miami on Saturday,” said Waterman after the thrilling victory.
That allowed them to keep the streak alive. Recently, they also defeated Toronto FC and D.C. United. They also drew 0-0 against the reigning champs NYCFC. In fact, Montreal only lost one of its last eight games.
That’s not luck, we’re talking about a well-balanced team with talent to spare. Romell Quioto, the team’s top scorer with nine goals, didn’t start against Columbus. Kamal Miller and Matko Miljevic didn’t play at all. The Impact have won 19 points at home and 20 on the road. Again, balance.
As expected, Montreal dominates the Las Vegas odds thanks to a -145 price. Considering they’re on a roll, and they’ve scored in nine of their 11 home games, investing $145 to win $100 doesn’t sound bad.
Inter Miami: Higuain Still has It
Inter Miami also won on Wednesday night, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 thanks to Jean Mota, who scored only 12 minutes into the game. The Herons endured the siege of the home side, who won possession with 62 percent and took 22 shots in total.
“It was a good three points. We spoke the last two days about taking the next step again for the team, and that’s winning on the road. Now, we’ve got another big game Saturday against Montreal,” said head coach Phil Neville after the team’s first clean sheet in the last 10 games.
Prior to that, Gonzalo Higuain led them to a draw (4-4) against FC Cincinnati. El Pipa scored a hat trick. He became the team’s second top scorer with seven goals after finding the back of the net in three of their last five MLS games. Leonardo Campana is atop the scoring chart with eight goals. The efficiency of the attacking duo is the main reason for you to consider including Miami in your soccer picks.
The Herons’ record on the road is awful (2-2-7), but defeating San Jose allowed them to regain some confidence. Plus, they’ve no major injuries to report. Last but not least, they’re offering a +390 price. That means you could win $390 per every $100 bet on them.
Montreal vs Inter Miami Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 4
- CF Montreal Victories: 3 (6 goals)
- Inter Miami Victories: 1 (3 goals)
- Draws: 0
Last season, these two met three times. CF Montreal won the first two by a 3-0 aggregate. Bjorn Johnsen scored twice in the first victory while Mathieu Choiniere scored the lone goal in the second. Miami finally took revenge with a 2-1 victory in Florida. They came from behind thanks to Higuain, who scored both goals.
Montreal vs Inter Miami Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 6
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Stade Saputo, Montreal
- CF Montreal vs Inter Miami Live Stream: fubo.tv
Montreal vs Inter Miami Betting Lines
|CF Montreal||-½ -145||-145||3+110o||1½-150o |
|Inter Miami||+½ +115||+390||3-140u||½-210o |
Montreal vs Inter Miami Prediction
After playing David Beckham’s son, and his own son, in a friendly match against FC Barcelona, which they lost 6-0, Inter Miami’s Phil Neville has been taking things more seriously. The Herons have shown some improvement over the last couple of weeks, but it won’t be enough to pull off the betting online upset here. They’ll put up a good fight, though, enough for the game to turn into a goal-fest. However, CF Montreal is highly motivated and won’t waste the opportunity to put more pressure on Philly and NYFC.
Score Prediction: CF Montreal 3, Inter Miami 2