9/16 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact Pre Match Scouting Report

San Jose Notes and Injuries

Form — W-W-W-L-D  (39 points, 7th place in Western Conference)

  • Last Week — The Quakes stayed unbeaten against Seattle this season with a 1-1 draw at Avaya Stadium. Fatai Alashe produced the goal while deputizing at center back, although Obafemi Martins scored a late equalizer to earn a point for the Sounders. Full highlights here.

  • Victor Bernardez continues to battle a hamstring strain that forced him to miss the match against Seattle, and is listed as out for Wednesday’s match.
  • Clarence Goodson will miss the Quakes trip to play NYCFC if he picks up a caution against Montreal.

Montreal Impact Notes and Injuries

Form — L-L-L-W-D (32 points, 6th place in Eastern Conference)

  • Last Week — The Impact earned a valuable point on the road at the StubHub Center with a scoreless draw against the LA Galaxy.

  • Montreal are dealing with a number of minor injuries to key players and several have already been ruled out of Wednesday’s match, most notably Didier Drogba. The Impact will also be without Ignacio Piatti, Marco Donadel, Justin Mapp, and Evan Bush, who have all returned to Montreal for recovery.

  • Laurent Ciman is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
  • Dominic Oduro will be suspended for the next match if he receives a yellow card on Wednesday.

Predicted Starting Lineup

With games coming thick and fast, it may be necessary for Manager Dominic Kinnear to rotate the squad to keep players fresh. Conversely, with Montreal set to fielded a weakened team, he may want to ensure the Quakes take all three points at home before traveling this weekend. Fatai Alashe’s play against the Sounders should have earned him another start at center back in place of Bernardez, while the rest of the back line remains intact. Cordell Cato (Sanna Nyassi) and Marc Pelosi (Matías Pérez García) would seem to be the prime candidates for rotation, should we see any.

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Matchup

Odds — Montreal +230, San Jose +105, Draw +259

  • The Quakes stayed at 11th in the ESPN power rankings after the disappointing loss to the Union and the draw against the Sounders.
  • The Impact are one spot below in the power rankings at 12th, having moved up one spot following the Galaxy match.
  • Montreal has taken just 26 percent of the points in their last five, having managed just five goals in that time — four of which came in Drogba’s first MLS start, with the Ivorian legend scoring a hat trick. However, the Impact have only allowed six goals in their last five.
  • The Quakes have earned 66 percent of the points in their last five matches, producing 2.0 goals per game while allowing only 0.6 goals per game in that stretch.

 

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