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Jun 20, 2024 at 12.30am UK
Stade Saputo

2 - 2
NY Red Bulls

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Preview: CF Montreal vs. New York Red Bulls - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Major League Soccer clash between CF Montreal and New York Red Bulls, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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CF Montreal can stretch their MLS unbeaten run to five matches when they host the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday at Saputo Stadium.

Last Saturday, the Canadians played to a 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake, with New York claiming that same result at home versus Nashville SC.

Match preview

Midway through the 2024 domestic campaign, Montreal still find themselves on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture but have slowly chipped away at that deficit.

Coming into this midweek affair, Laurent Courtois's men are two points below that playoff line, with a game in hand on the two teams directly above them in the table, the Chicago Fire and DC United.

Since suffering a 3-1 home defeat versus the Columbus Crew last month, Le CFM have points in three successive domestic fixtures at Saputo Stadium.

On two of those occasions, they managed to keep their opponents off the scoresheet throughout the 90 minutes, a significant improvement after giving up three goals in each of their first two league contests played in Montreal in May.

If they manage to claim a win or draw on Wednesday, they will surpass their longest unbeaten run from the previous domestic campaign (four matches).

Montreal have won seven of their last eight home meetings against the Red Bulls in the regular season or playoffs, keeping a clean sheet in six of those instances.

Despite having the bulk of the chances and registering seven shots on target, the Red Bulls finishing once again let them down this past weekend.

It was the second successive time in MLS that this team had failed to find the back of the net in this competition, though they still managed to avoid successive league defeats for the first time all season.

Sandro Schwarz has them up to third in the Eastern Conference standings with 30 points, accumulating eight victories already this season, just three fewer than their 2023 regular-season total.

However, the Red Bulls have lost their previous two away matches in this competition, and all four of their domestic defeats over this campaign occurred outside Red Bull Arena.

During the 2024 campaign, they have only lost one domestic encounter when scoring first (6-2 versus Inter Miami), while coming back to win two away matches when conceding the opener.

While they have only won two away matches versus Montreal in this competition, New York have defeated Le CFM in two of their previous three regular-season meetings.

CF Montreal Major League Soccer form:

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

New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer form:

Team News

Raheem Edwards missed the previous Montreal encounter with a knock, Jules-Anthony Vilsaint did not feature due to a hamstring strain, Ousman Jabang is still dealing with an adductor issue and Josef Martinez was unavailable because of a knee injury.

Matias Coccaro returned to the field for the first time since sustaining a serious leg injury, while Kwadwo Opoku was back on the field after previously suffering a long-term issue himself.

Mathieu Choiniere, Joel Waterman and Samuel Piette will be with the Canadian national team for the Copa America which begins this week, while Ariel Lassiter has joined the Costa Rican squad for that tournament.

New York were without Ronald Donkor over the weekend because of a back issue, Roald Mitchell and Serge Ngoma are still dealing with knee problems, while Peter Stroud continues to recover from ankle surgery.

Carlos Coronel will not be available after being called up to the Paraguay squad for the Copa America, while leading goalscorer Lewis Morgan is with the Scottish national team at the Euro in Germany and Emil Forsberg did not return on time from his call-up to the Swedish national team this past weekend.

Red Bulls reserve keeper Ryan Meara did not have to make a single stop against Nashville to collect his first clean sheet of the 2024 MLS campaign.

CF Montreal possible starting lineup:
Sirois; Campbell, Corbo, Alvarez; Ruan, Saliba, Wanyama, Lappalainen; Duke, Yankov; Coccaro

New York Red Bulls possible starting lineup:
Meara; D. Nealis, S. Nealis, Eile, Tolkin; Harper, Amaya, Edelman, Forsberg; Vanzeir, Manoel

We say: CF Montreal 0-1 New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls have been able to move on quickly after a disappointing result, and we believe they will be able to transition effectively against a Montreal side missing some key defensive midfielders.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Premier League Table

Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami24155454381650
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati24153643301348
3Columbus Crew22127346202643
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2491143930938
5New York City FCNY City2411493529637
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2410682825336
7Orlando City249693837133
8CF MontrealMontreal246993448-1427
10Nashville SCNashville2468102636-1026
11DC United2568113550-1526
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2467113335-225
13Chicago Fire2467112940-1125
14Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2459104242024
15New England RevolutionNew England2271142246-2422

Western Conference

1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy25137547341346
2Real Salt LakeSalt Lake24128449311844
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles23135545301544
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2311574031938
5Colorado RapidsColorado2511594741638
6Seattle SoundersSeattle2410773426837
7Portland TimbersPortland2410684839936
8Houston DynamoHouston239773127434
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2486103841-330
10Austin FCAustin2486102635-930
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2565144051-1123
13St Louis City24410103145-1422
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2442183159-2814
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