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Aug 9, 2021 at 1am UK at RFK Stadium
DC United
2 - 1
Montreal
Najar (40'), Kamara (54')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Brault-Guillard (16')
Waterman (3'), Miller (57')

Preview: DC United vs. CF Montreal - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Major League Soccer clash between DC United and CF Montreal, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Separated by just one point on the log, playoff hopefuls DC United and CF Montreal prepare for their clash at the Audi Field on Monday.

The home side are on a four-game unbeaten streak ahead of the clash in Washington, while the visitors have failed to win any of their last four.


Match preview

DC United head coach Hernan Losada smiles as he walks off the field after the against FC Cincinnati in the first half at TQL Stadium on July 31, 2021© Reuters

Following consecutive draws on the road, DC United claimed an impressive win away from home on Thursday when they beat Columbus Crew 4-2.

Ola Kamara's brace either side of a Yordy Reyna strike put Hernan Losada's men three up at half time, before the latter scored the clincher in the 74th minute after Kevin Molino and Lucas Zelarayan had dragged the defending champions back into the contest.

The Black-and-Red have recorded eight points from the last possible 12 and climbed to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Monday's hosts have won each of their last three games in front of their fans, but are yet to get the better of their next opponents in any of the last four meetings.

With the best defensive home record in the entire division, DC United will rely on their frugality at the back as they go in search of a first win in this fixture since 2019.

CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy reacts from the sideline on May 22, 2021© Reuters

CF Montreal ended a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Atlanta United at the Saputo Stadium on Thursday.

In a fiery clash which was marred by red cards, Wilfried Nancy's men raced to a two-goal lead early in the second half through goals from Mason Toye and Rudy Camacho 10 minutes apart, but strikes from Josef Martinez and Marcelino Moreno evened the contest.

For all their recent struggles, the Canada-based outfit are just outside the playoff places by a single point heading into Monday's game.

Only eight of their 23 points so far have come on the road, which is an area that needs significant improvement going forward.

DC United Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W

DC United form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W

CF Montreal Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D



Team News

Montreal Impact celebrate the team's winning goal against the D.C. United in the second half at Audi Field in November 2020© Reuters

Clement Diop is ruled out for the away side due to a thigh injury, while Ballou Tabla continues to battle with a groin problem.

Victor Wanyama and Rudy Camacho were given their marching orders last time out and will serve the first of a three-game suspension in this one.

Romell Quioto has not featured for Montreal since he picked up a muscle injury on duty with the Honduras national team back in July.

DC United's Joseph Mora is now eligible to participate after fully serving his one-game ban, but Moses Nyeman is still suspended.

DC United possible starting lineup:
Hamid; Alfaro, Brilliant, Najar; Mora, Moreno, Martins, Gressel; Asad, Kamara, Robertha

CF Montreal possible starting lineup:
Pantemis; Bassong, Camacho, Waterman; Lappalainen, Maciel, Wanyama, Choiniere; Mihailovic, Torres, Toye


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We say: DC United 2-1 CF Montreal

DC United are the more in-form team heading into the contest and will fancy themselves to claim all three points. We are backing them to use their current momentum to get over the line in this one, albeit by just a narrow margin.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York City FCNY City1382325101526
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia146711910925
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls146532415923
4CF MontrealMontreal147252826223
5Orlando City146351720-321
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati146172125-419
7Inter MiamiInter Miami145361522-718
8Columbus Crew134451716116
9Atlanta UnitedAtlanta134452020016
10New England RevolutionNew England134452223-116
11Charlotte FCCharlotte FC135171216-416
12Toronto144372127-615
13DC United134271723-614
14Chicago Fire142571320-711

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York City FCNY City1382325101526
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia146711910925
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls146532415923
4CF MontrealMontreal147252826223
5Orlando City146351720-321
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati146172125-419
7Inter MiamiInter Miami145361522-718
8Columbus Crew134451716116
9Atlanta UnitedAtlanta134452020016
10New England RevolutionNew England134452223-116
11Charlotte FCCharlotte FC135171216-416
12Toronto144372127-615
13DC United134271723-614
14Chicago Fire142571320-711

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