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Apr 30, 2022 at 9pm UK at Saputo Stadium
Montreal
2 - 1
Atlanta
Miller (4'), Torres (81')
Camacho (10'), Wanyama (31'), Kone (58')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Moreno (51')
Moreno (51'), Franco (54'), Ibarra (76')

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

:Headline: Preview: CF Montreal vs. Atlanta United - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between CF Montreal and Atlanta United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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CF Montreal can match their longest unbeaten run from a year ago when their Major League Soccer campaign resumes on Saturday versus Atlanta United at Saputo Stadium.

Montreal have earned points in five consecutive league contests, beginning with a 3-3 draw versus the Five Stripes, who have only captured one domestic encounter since that result, dropping a 2-1 decision to Inter Miami last weekend.


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With the pressure and demand of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) no longer on their shoulders, Wilfried Nancy has seen his side begin to play up to their potential at long last.

Their hard-fought draw versus Philadelphia a week ago moved them into a playoff position for the first time this year, tying a franchise record set in 2016 and 2017 for the longest unbeaten run on the road (four).

In recent weeks they have done a great job at responding to early adversity, conceding the opening goal in five of their previous six matches in all competitions, yet still managing a win or a draw in each of those encounters.

While resilience is one thing which Nancy has praised from his squad, he has asked the group to show more determination and intensity from the opening whistle.

Following their match with the Union, the Montreal boss said that his players put themselves into several unnecessary situations in an encounter which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Defensively they seem to be getting things together, looking a lot more compact on the back end, conceding just a single goal in three consecutive fixtures after allowing multiple strikes in their first four games of this MLS campaign.

Montreal's attacking movement and creativity generally filter through their star midfielder, a clever number eight, who they acquired in 2021 from the Chicago Fire in exchange for General Allocation Money.

Atlanta spent a lot of money over the off-season in an attempt to catapult into a contending team, as they aim for their second career MLS title.

Lately, those investments have not paid off, with the Five Stripes going winless in their previous three league fixtures.

Gonzalo Pineda saw his side come out aggressively to begin their match last Sunday at Inter Miami, but they failed to maintain that early intensity and began to fade in the second half.

That performance summed up how their season has gone recently, as they had the majority of the possession (64%) and shots on target (7-2) but could not create enough clear-cut opportunities to trouble Miami keeper Nick Marsman.

We have seen a mixed bag of good and poor displays from this squad full of high-priced individuals, and perhaps the best news at the moment is that they sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, despite going through a bit of a dry spell.

According to many pundits their performances of late have been underwhelming, although it could be a lot worse if not for some late heroics.

The Five Stripes have scored four goals in league play this year beyond the 85th minute, earning seven points as a result, including a single point in their previous meeting with Montreal when Atlanta erased a 3-1 deficit late in the second half.

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

CF Montreal form (all competitions):
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

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

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

Team News

Djordje Mihailovic is being talked about as a potential league MVP in the early stages of the year, with the Montreal midfielder leading the team in goals with four to go along with two assists as he has been invaluable to them since his move from the Windy City.

Alistair Johnston is starting to get a feel for his new club as he leads them in assists with three, while Romell Quioto has been involved in a scoring play for Montreal in each of their last three games, assisting on the equalising goal from Kei Kamara in their draw versus Philly.

Mason Toye and Bjorn Johnsen remain sidelined with an adductor and foot injury, respectively, but there was some good news in their previous match, as Samuel Piette saw his first action of this MLS campaign, replacing Ismael Kone in the second half.

On Saturday, Rudy Camacho played in his 100th match for Montreal across all competitions, while Sebastian Breza, Johnston, Kamal Miller and Victor Wanyama are the only players on the squad who have started all eight games for them so far this season.

Ronaldo Cisneros, who is currently on loan to Atlanta from Guadalajara in Mexico, fired home his first of the season in their defeat to Inter Miami.

Josef Martinez remains out after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee, and Matheus Rossetto has a pulled hamstring and is listed as doubtful this weekend.

Osvaldo Alonso is nursing a torn ACL, Brad Guzan will be out long term after suffering a ruptured Achilles, Dylan Castanheira continues to recover from an Achilles problem himself and Machop Chol is still out with a leg injury.

Bobby Shuttleworth had a tough debut as the Five Stripes backup keeper conceded on the only two shots fired his way versus the Herons, while the club will be counting on more production from Thiago Almada and Brooks Lennon, who each tallied once in their dramatic comeback draw against the Montrealers back in March.

CF Montreal possible starting lineup:
Breza; Miller, Camacho, Waterman; Lappalainen, Piette, Kone, Johnston; Mihailovic, Torres; Quioto

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Shuttleworth; Gutman, M. Robinson, Campbell, DeJohn; Sosa, Ibarra; Lennon, Moreno, Almada; Cisneros


We say: CF Montreal 2-0 Atlanta United

Historically, Atlanta have never gone goalless in any MLS encounter against their Saturday adversaries, but without Martinez, they are not the same team, and we do not expect them to create a ton of opportunities against a side who have played a much stingier defensive game in recent weeks.

It seems as though being eliminated from the CCL was a blessing in disguise for Montreal, who have settled into quite a groove, limiting the number of opportunities of their opponents while their best players have shown up when needed.


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Eastern Conference

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2New York City FCNY City23126543241942
3CF MontrealMontreal2412484039140
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2410773830837
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14DC United2364132847-1922

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia24129341182345
2New York City FCNY City23126543241942
3CF MontrealMontreal2412484039140
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2410773830837
5Columbus Crew238963126533
6FC CincinnatiCincinnati248884043-332
7New England RevolutionNew England237973534130
8Chicago Fire2486102730-330
9Orlando City2486102736-930
10Inter MiamiInter Miami2486102939-1030
11Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2492133034-429
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta237793134-328
13Toronto2475123442-826
14DC United2364132847-1922
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