Preview: CF Montreal vs New York Red Bulls
Sports Mole provides an overview of Sunday’s Major League Soccer game between CF Montreal and the New York Red Bulls, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Two struggling teams in the Eastern Conference will look to end their long streaks without a win on Saturday when CF Montreal host the New York Red Bulls at Stade Saputo.
The Canadian team lost a 2-1 decision last Sunday to DC United, their fifth straight game without a win, while the Red Bulls lost the same to the Chicago Fire, extending their winless streak to six games.
After a moving 5-4 victory over FC Cincinnati on their return to Stade Saputo, the situation has only worsened for this promising Montreal team.
Coming out on top in a game as emotionally charged as this can often lead to disappointment, but for Wilfried Nancy and his team, this disappointment lasted four games.
A team that is generally so well structured at the back have forgotten about their defensive missions over the past two weeks, conceding several goals in their last four games and allowing eight shots on target last weekend against DC.
They’ve struggled all season to finish off their opponents as they advanced, wasting the lead in six different matches this season and failing to win in every one of those matches.
At the start of this campaign, it looked like this team could be one of the surprise stories of the year, going undefeated in their first three games, but lately they have only had themselves to blame for their woes. .
The season, however, is only half over, and Montreal is by no means off the playoff table. In fact, quite the contrary, since they are only one point behind the Columbus Crew for this last place, so they do not have to regain too much ground.
New York is currently just behind Montreal in the Eastern Conference standings, but they arguably struggled even worse than their opponents this weekend.
Tactically, Gerhard Struber seems to have a good understanding of how to play effectively against opposing teams, but more often than not, his team has not been able to execute their plan for 90 minutes.
Their high pressing system has created plenty of quality scoring opportunities, but players at the moment look gassed and fail to generate enough positive results to move up the rankings.
This young group had to pay for their early mistakes last weekend, falling 2-0 after just eight minutes of play and continuing the game from there, losing for the third time in their last four games. .
They might be a young team with a lot of speed and energy, but they don’t do well when they have to work their way through a game, losing the entire season by conceding the first goal.
Getting back to the basics of the game will be the short-term goal for this team, who seem to struggle to master the constant tactical adjustments Struber makes with every game.
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Sebastien breza, who is on loan from Serie A Bologna, is set to make his second MLS career debut in goals with the titular keeper Clement Diop still suffers from a problem with his right leg, while the backup James pantemis might miss this game after entering MLS COVID-19 protocol.
Ballou Tabla and Lassi Lappalainen came out with groin injuries, while Romell Quioto will be missing with a hamstring problem.
Defender Rudy camacho and midfielder Victor wanyama both missed their Sunday game with red card suspensions as Joel waterman and Emmanuel Maciel started in their place, and Zacharie Brault-Guillard scored his second goal of the season in a loss to Black & Red.
Red Bulls winger Daniel Royer hopes to return to the roster, having scored four goals against Montreal in his career, including one goal and two assists when they last met in 2020.
Royer is questionable with a thigh injury, while Aaron Long left for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Cameron Harper is treating a hip injury, while Youba Diarra and Andres Reyes are questionable with hamstring problems.
Dru Wood of the Year is eligible to recover from his yellow card suspension, while forward Tom barlow scored their first goal of the season late in injury time in their loss to Chicago.
Possible starting training from CF Montreal:
Bréza; Bassong, Miller, Bayiha, Brault-Guillard; Choinière, Mihailovic, Piette; Toye, Johnsen, Torres
Possible starting lineup for the New York Red Bulls:
Carlos; Tolkin, Nealis, Edwards, Duncan; Clark, Casseres, Davis, Amaya; Klimala, Fabio
We say: CF Montreal 2-0 New York Red Bulls
Montreal might not be in the best shape right now, but they’ve managed to keep their last five games tight, while being more clinical in front of goal, even though they haven’t won any of those games.
The Red Bulls look physically and mentally exhausted and haven’t found the back of the net for three road games this season.
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