The New England Revolution will be hoping to keep up their impressive form when they travel north of the border to face the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.
The Revs will be looking to take advantage of Montreal’s poor form when the two Eastern Conference sides meet for the first time this season. New England will expend their unbeaten run to eight matches if they can avoid losing to the Impact.
The Revs are five points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference table, and have won five consecutive matches, their most recent being a 2-1 victory against D.C. United last week.
A 77th minute goal from midfielder Diego Fagundez was enough to seal a victory for the Revs over the visiting Black-and-Reds last week at Gillette Stadium after Fabian Espindola cancelled out Patrick Mullins’ goal midway through the second half. With that win, New England became the second team with five consecutive wins matches, which is the longest winning streak in MLS this season.
Montreal, however, are on a run of three games without a win, and have claimed just one victory over their past 11 league matches.
The Impact were beaten 4-1 by Colorado last week in league action. Montreal, however, held the Toronto FC on a 1-1 draw in a midweek contest in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps has no new injury concerns from last weekend’s victory over D.C. United, and could very well name the same XI with captain Jose Goncalves anchoring the defense. Mullins, who scored a goal in the past four matches, looks to keep his starting spot up top.
The Impact, who joined the MLS in 2012, leads the all-time series against the Revs, 3-2-0. Last year, the two sides split the regular season series 1-1-0 with each club claiming a road victory.
It must be noted that the Revs have claimed 1-0 wins in their last two visits to Montreal: Oct. 27, 2012 and Oct. 12, 2013. No doubt, New England will be attempting to replicate those performances on Saturday.