Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Red Bull Arena when New York Red Bulls take on Montreal Impact on Monday morning. The Metros quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati, with the team rolling over Inter Miami 4-1 on the road. New York Red Bulls regained a much-needed confidence, and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Montreal Impact. The Canadian outfit, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing each of their last three league fixtures.
Montreal Impact do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to New York, and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer Montreal Impact defeated New York Red Bulls 3-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Nigerian attacker Orji Okwonkwo is likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jukka Raitala):
Columbus Crew full back Jukka Raitala was born in Kerava, Finland on September 15, 1988. Raitala started his senior career at Klubi-04 and after making 22 league appearances for the club, he moved to HJK in 2007. After ending his spell with Helsinki, the Finland international signed a loan deal with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
During his spell with die Kraichgauer he appeared for the reserve team as well and in 2011 he was loaned again, this time out to Osasuna. On August 28, 2011 he made his Primera Division debut with los Rojillos playing as a left back against Atletico Madrid. Raitala played for the likes of Heerenveen, FC Vestsjaelland, Aalborg and Sogndal in the past as well he signed for Columbus Crew for the 2017 season.
The Columbus defender made his Finland debut on February 4, 2009 in a friendly against Japan. It has to be noted that he represented Finland at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2009.
Highlighted Team (Montreal Impact):
Montreal Impact is a Canadian soccer team, but they compete in Major League Soccer. The Impact are a member of the Eastern Conference and they have been participating in the major league since 2012. Montreal welcome their opponents at Saputo Stadium and the capacity of the club’s home ground is 20.801.
The construction of the stadium cost CA$17 million and the venue was opened on May 18, 2008. The Saputo family invested $7.5 million in the construction of the stadium and, as a result, the venue was named Saputo Stadium. Montreal Impact did remarkably well to make it to the CONCACAF Champions League final in the 2014/2015 season, but Mexican team America proved to be a big catch for the Canadian outfit in the title game.
Speaking of the Canadian championship, the Impact won their third domestic trophy in 2014, with the team beating Toronto FC in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.