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- Eight of CF Montreal’s 11 MLS matches this season have featured fewer than three goals.
- CF Montreal have not won any of their last nine v NYCFC or any of their last five at home against them.
- Four of NYCFC’s last eight games have featured fewer than three goals in total.
Montreal’s stingy defence can block the Bronx Blues
CF Montreal are one place off the playoffs going into this crucial midseason encounter with New York City FC at their temporary home in Florida.
It would be a remarkable achievement if first-year head coach Wilfried Nancy could get the team that finished a distant ninth in the east last year into the postseason, but the scale of their improvement is impressive.
Club de Foot conceded 43 goals in 23 regular season games under Thierry Henry last term, but have shipped only ten in eleven this year to maintain a positive goal difference.
That stingy defence was in full effect when down to ten men against DC United recently as they held off for a 0-0 draw for the entire second half.
Montreal, who are unbeaten in their last four, can leapfrog NYCFC and move up to fourth with a win this week but it won’t be easy.
The Pigeons are one of the better away sides in the east and have taken maximum points from two of their four road games so far this season – against third-placed Philadelphia Union and in a gruelling west coast trip to Los Angeles.
However, they couldn’t beat Orlando on their last visit to Exploria Stadium and we are backing a similar 1-1 outcome to unfold on Thursday morning.
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- 30 Jul