Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/28/2020
Game: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC
Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Location: Saputo Stadium in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Montreal (+260) Toronto (+100)
Maximiliano Urruti and Toronto FC (4-3-0, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) head to Saputo Stadium on Friday where they'll take on the Montreal Impact (3-1-2, 5th in the Eastern Conference). The starting goalkeepers will be Clement Diop for the Montreal Impact and Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC. The Impact are priced at +260 while TFC is at +100. The over/under opens at 2.75.
Montreal has been able to control possession for 51% of contests while dribbling successfully 68.9% of the time (4th in Major League Soccer). They have launched 55 shots with 18 being on target, which calculates to a 32.7% shots on target percentage. The Impact as a team have 10 goals this year, which is 8th in MLS. Their players have received 2,570 passes on 2,828 tries this season, making their receiving percentage 90.9%.
Maximiliano Urruti is a guy who should be able to impact this game for the Impact. Urruti has had a starting assignment in 150 games in his career and tallies 0.34 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who is from Argentina has totaled 51 goals (38th among active players) in 13,427 mins. He has accounted for 24 assists while tallying 19 yellow card warnings during his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Anthony Jackson-Hamel, the forward who hails from Canada. Jackson-Hamel has played 4,377 minutes in 44 starting assignments and has been given a total of 4 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 5 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 26 goals. He currently averages 0.53 goals per 90 minutes so far in his MLS career (14th among active players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Montreal is Clement Diop. Diop (29-17-26 record in his MLS career) has 19 shutouts, which gives him a 26.0% shutout percentage. The goalie from Senegal has seen 330 shots attempted against him in 73 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.38 (101 total goals surrendered) and his save % is .694. Diop has seen the pitch for 6,570 mins and has 229 stops during his pro soccer career.
Toronto has tallied 3,978 targets on the year (1st in MLS) to go along with 3,628 completed passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 91.2% while they maintain possession of the ball 56.3% of the time. TFC have been able to dribble successfully 61% of the time on the campaign while collecting 13 goals. The have hit on 43.8% of their shots on target on 105 total shots.
Jozy Altidore should be able to be counted on for Toronto. The forward who is from the United States has accumulated 20,028 mins while he has scored 113 goals (5th among active players). He has 46 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 29 times. He is averaging 0.51 goals per 90 minutes and has started 34 matches so far in his MLS career. You should also keep an eye on Alejandro Pozuelo, the midfielder who is from Spain. He has collected 37 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 47 different times. Pozuelo has been given a total of 28 yellow card cautions in 16,423 professional minutes played (179 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.20 (127th among active MLS players).
Quentin Westberg is expected to look after the goal for TFC. Westberg has tallied 24 clean sheets while he has seen 260 shots against him in 7,047 mins throughout his career. He holds a save % of .677 and his shutout rate sits at 30.8%. He has conceded 1.29 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 29-25-25. Thus far in his career, Westberg has given up 101 goals while he has 176 stops in 78 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Montreal (+260)
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