Montreal Impact will play their first home game of the 2019 MLS season this weekend when they welcome Eastern Conference table toppers Columbus Crew to Stade Saputo on Saturday.
This is the first season since 2011 that the club will play all their home games at Stadium Saputo, having previously opted to play at least one fixture at the Olympic Stadium in March. Impact have been on a six game tour to begin the season and have logged some serious air miles on their travels in recent weeks. They’ve picked up eight points from a possible 18, and come into this fixture on the back of a goalless stalemate against DC United in midweek.
Impact were without injured midfielder Ignacio Piatti as well as suspended striker Maximiliano Urruti at the Audi Field. Coach Remi Garde opted to replace the Uruguayan with Anthony Jackson-Hamel, choosing to introduce both Orji Okwonkwo and Harry Novillo from the bench.
Piatti’s knee injury makes him a doubtful starter for Saturday’s home game as well.
Montreal Impact form this season
DC United 0-0 Montreal Impact
NYCFC 0-0 Montreal Impact
Sporting KC 7-1 Montreal Impact
Orlando City 1-3 Montreal Impact
Houston Dynamo 2-1 Montreal Impact
San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Montreal Impact
Impact were fantastic at home last season. They were 11-2-4 at home, a record that should’ve been enough to get them into the playoffs but for their poor performances on the road (3-2-12) that saw them just miss out.
Columbus Crew are the current conference leaders, but Impact have won five of their last six at home against them. If you fancy the Impact to begin their home season with a win, do check out this guide on how to bet on the MLS.
Montreal Impact v Columbus Crew recent H2H (Last six games with Impact as home team)
Montreal Impact 3-0 Columbus Crew (October 2018)
Montreal Impact 2-3 Columbus Crew (May 2017)
Montreal Impact 2-0 Columbus Crew (April 2016)
Montreal Impact 2-1 Columbus Crew (November 2015)
Montreal Impact 3-0 Columbus Crew (July 2015)
Montreal Impact 2-0 Columbus Crew (August 2014)
The Crew have won four of their opening six games, only dropping points at home against New York Red Bulls (1-1) and away at Philadelphia Union (3-0 loss). The 13 points they’ve picked up so far represents their best start to a season since 2010, and coach Caleb Porter will be hoping that his side can continue their excellent form over the weekend.
Their last game was a 1-0 win over New England Revolution. Josh Williams scored the only goal of the game three minutes before the interval, while the visitors had former Chelsea and Wolves defender Michael Mancienne see red midway through the second half.
The referee for this game is Armando Villarreal- the Crew have won all three of their previous clashes against Impact when he’s been in charge of this fixture.
Montreal Impact v Columbus Crew SC kicks off on Saturday 13 April, 2019 (1pm ET)