Stadium: TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)
02.04.2022 23:00 MSK
One of the matches in the fifth round of the MLS regular season will be between Cincinnati and Montreal. The teams from the Eastern Conference will meet. Both teams have had a poor start to the season, as reflected in the standings, and the bookmakers are on the side of the home side.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Unlike most MLS teams, Cincinnati has now played five games this season and the home team has never drawn a game in this period. In the first two rounds, Cincinnati lost 0:5 to Austin and 0:1 to DC United. The future hosts beat Orlando City 2:1 and Inter Miami 3:1, before Cincinnati lost 0:2 away to Charlotte. Before Sunday's games, the home team is in ninth place, with six points behind DC United, the team from the play-off spot, on goal difference. The team's home statistics are only 9th in the conference, +1=0-1, 3-2 goal difference.
Montreal played on two fronts at the start of the season, playing in the CONCACAF Champions League play-offs besides the MLS games, and crashed out of that tournament at the quarter-final stage, losing to Cruz Azul of Mexico in a twelve-game losing streak. Directly in MLS, Montreal played four matches, losing three of them, with one draw against Atlanta (3:3). In the MLS Eastern Conference, Montreal is in 13th place, only Inter Miami is lower. The Canadiens have one point.
Expert Betting Tips
On the one hand, Cincinnati looks more interesting than their opponent. The future home team already has two wins in the regular season, while Montreal barely made it to a draw. However, the Canadians played on two fronts, which constrained the guests and created difficulties for this team. Before the international break, Montreal struggled to pick up points in Atlanta, but something tells us that the Canadians will pick up points regularly after their Champions League exit, and they will do so with the match against Cincinnati.
The Canadiens won the right to represent MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League last season, and it makes sense that the Canadiens are aiming high this season as well, but things aren't looking good so far, considering the Canadiens are only 13th in the Eastern Conference standings. In order to climb into the top-7 spot, it's not enough for Montreal to draw in Cincinnati, even a win in the upcoming game, to get into the playoffs zone. There's no need to talk about the visitors' high motivation, so we'll bet on a win for the Canadian team.
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