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May 15, 2022 at 12am UK at Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte FC
0 - 2
Montreal

Lindsey (53'), Alcivar (86'), Jozwiak (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Mihailovic (45'), Johnston (67')
Torres (45+6'), Mihailovic (56')

Preview: Charlotte FC vs. CF Montreal - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Charlotte FC and CF Montreal, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Having enjoyed a particularly strong start to the Major League Soccer campaign, CF Montreal will look to strengthen their position at the top end of the Eastern Conference on Saturday, when they travel to take on Charlotte FC.

With 17 points from their opening 10 games, the visitors sit third in the group, while their hosts find themselves just outside of the playoff places at this early stage of the season.


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CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy during the second half against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on April 2, 2022© Reuters

After a poor start to the season, in which they lost their first three MLS matches, Charlotte FC managed to put three wins on the board in the next four games to move into a competitive position.

The form of Miguel Angel Ramirez's side then took another dip, as they suffered 2-1 defeats to New England Revolution and Orlando City either side of a draw with Colorado Rapids before going into a meeting with Inter Miami at the weekend.

The North Carolina outfit were able to make an important return to winning ways in that game, as Andre Shinyashiki hit the only goal to ensure they took all three points.

That result means that Charlotte sit just one point outside of the playoff places in the Eastern Conference, and, on the back of a dominant 5-1 win over Richmond Kickers in the US Open Cup on Wednesday, they will go in search of a third straight victory with the aim of climbing into the top seven.

Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Ramirez during the first half against the FC Cincinnati at Bank of America Stadium on March 27, 2022© Reuters

However, their visitors arrive looking to build on a formidable start to the season, having quickly established themselves at the top end of their Conference.

Wilfried Nancy's side actually stumbled out of the blocks at the beginning of the campaign, losing their first three games and drawing the fourth.

They quickly kicked into gear though, firstly ending that winless run with three straight victories before taking a commendable point from a 1-1 draw away at Conference leaders Philadelphia Union.

They now head into the weekend having added another two notches to their wins column since that draw, most recently thrashing Orlando City 4-1 thanks to goals from Joel Waterman, Dorde Mihailovic, Joaquin Torres and Zachary Brault-Guillard.

With that result putting them in a strong position in third place in the Eastern Conference, just two points off top spot, Nancy's side will look to further cement their status as one of the leading sides with another win on Saturday.

Charlotte FC Major League Soccer form:
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  • D
  • L
  • W

Charlotte FC form (all competitions):
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  • L
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CF Montreal Major League Soccer form:
  • W
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  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W


Team News

CF Montreal midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (8) reacts with midfielder Joaquin Torres (10) after scoring a goal against Atlanta United during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on March 19, 2022© Reuters

Charlotte FC still have a couple of selection concerns to deal with, as the likes of Adam Armour and Vinicius Mello are set to continue spells on the sidelines.

They did recently welcome winger Yordy Reyna back to action, though, and he has laid his claim for a starting place on Saturday with a goal in the thrashing of Richmond Kickers.

Currently the only player in the squad with more than one MLS goal to his name this season, Karol Swiderski will continue to lead the line, having found the net four times in 10 games thus far.

CF Montreal may look to deploy an unchanged side after last week's dominant win, with Ismael Kone and Mason Toye unlikely to return to full fitness in time to contend.

Having both got on the scoresheet last time out, Joaquin Torres and Dorde Mihailovic should again flank a lone striker, while Zachary Brault-Guillard will hope his goal off the bench will be enough to earn him a starting berth.

Charlotte FC possible starting lineup:
Kahlina; Lindsey, Corujo, Fuchs, Mora; Bronico; Gaines, Ruiz, Bender, Jozwiak; Swiderski

CF Montreal possible starting lineup:
Breza; Waterman, Camacho, Miller; Brault-Guillard, Choiniere, Piette, Lappalainen; Torres, Mihailovic; Quioto


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We say: Charlotte FC 1-2 CF Montreal

While Charlotte will be pleased with their return to winning ways last time out, CF Montreal have enjoyed the far stronger start, and we see their momentum carrying them to another win with top spot in their sights.


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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia13661189924
2New York City FCNY City1272324101423
3Orlando City136341617-121
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls135532014620
5CF MontrealMontreal136252423120
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati136161821-319
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta124441918116
8Charlotte FCCharlotte FC135171216-416
9New England RevolutionNew England124352122-115
10Inter MiamiInter Miami134361321-815
11DC United124261619-314
12Columbus Crew123451515013
13Toronto133371825-712
14Chicago Fire132561117-611

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia13661189924
2New York City FCNY City1272324101423
3Orlando City136341617-121
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls135532014620
5CF MontrealMontreal136252423120
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati136161821-319
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta124441918116
8Charlotte FCCharlotte FC135171216-416
9New England RevolutionNew England124352122-115
10Inter MiamiInter Miami134361321-815
11DC United124261619-314
12Columbus Crew123451515013
13Toronto133371825-712
14Chicago Fire132561117-611

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