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Round two of the Canadian Classique will be one of the storylines that will follow on Friday, when CF Montreal host Toronto at the Saputo Stadium in La Belle Province.
Montreal is unbeaten in their last three games and drew the Philadelphia Union 1-1 last weekend, while TFC lost their third straight game 3-1 on Saturday against Inter Miami.
Prediction for this match
After 21 games, Montreal has definitely improved on a season ago a season ago and is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference as they await their highest regular season result since their fifth place in the East in their 2015 season.
Wilfried Nancy gave this team a real belief that they can beat any side out there, even though they still lack the killer instinct to take down a team that is down.
They missed that instinct again last week when they equalized against Philly in the 87th minute, the second time this month Montreal had allowed a late goal and turned three into one.
That seems like the big thing that separates them from a team struggling to stay in a playoff position to a team that could be in the top flight of the Eastern Conference.
Since returning to the Saputo Stadium in mid-July, this team has been feeding on their home crowd, unbeaten in three consecutive games, scoring nine goals in that time.
Montreal have been able to navigate this season effectively by showing a lot of patience to keep their games tight early on while avoiding long defeats, which was an area they struggled with last year Thierry Henry, lose consecutive games on four different occasions.
The Reds are trying to find a way out of yet another troubled period that is currently without a win in their last six MLS games and without a point in their previous three.
Toronto were weak from the opening whistle against the Herons last Saturday, fell 3-0 down in the opening phase of the second half and only came on the board because of an own goal Kieran Gibbs shortly after the hour mark.
Since the interim tag has been removed, the manager has Javier Perez has yet to earn a point as his team continues to have costly defensive failures preventing them from moving up the table.
Right now the Reds are way too cute, playing too many passes instead of clearing them out on one occasion, which has been a problem all season for a team that conceded the most goals in MLS this year (44).
It’s extremely difficult to keep your composure and play your game when you’ve conceded as many early goals as TFC has had a match recently.
Toronto just got a tough three-game run in a week last Saturday, and the schedule will be just as demanding for the rest of the summer, with just a six-day break between losing to Miami and playing against Montreal.
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Montreal will not have its leading scorer Mason Toye available for this weekend due to a shoulder injury, Romell Quioto has a problem with the thigh muscles, Ahmed Hamdi suffers from a quadriceps problem while Ballou tabla and Lassi Lappalainen both suffer from groin injuries.
Central defender Robert Thorkelsson successfully operated on Tuesday for a sports hernia in his left adductor, but will be absent for the next eight to twelve weeks Jonathan Sirois is back from his loan with Valor FC in the Canadian Premier League.
goalkeeper Sebastian Breza made his fourth goal start in a row for Montreal last weekend while Rudy Camacho missed this game due to a red card suspension and the club signed the 20-year-old Matko Miljevic Argentinos Juniors signed a three-and-a-half year contract last Friday with an option to remain in 2025.
Quentin Westberg started in goal in the last two games for Toronto instead of Alex Bono, conceded three of the six shots he faced against Miami.
Jozy Altidore miss at least six weeks after a foot operation, Ralph Priso is gone for the rest of the year with an ankle injury, Ayo Akinola has a cracked ACL while Tsubasa Endoh and Dom Dwyer dropped out with lower body injuries.
Perez made a lot of changes to the starting XI last weekend that started when they lost to Atlanta United Kemar Lawrence, Luke Singh and Richie Laryea it all started back while Marco Delgado replaced Michael Bradley in midfield, with Yeferson Soteldo, Alejandro Pozuelo and Ifunanyachi Achara play in more offensive roles.
CF Montreal possible starting line-up:
Breza; Miller, Waterman, Brault-Guillard; Maciel, Choiniere, Piette, Mihailovic; Torres, Johnsen, Ibrahim
Toronto possible starting line-up:
Bono; Lawrence, Zavaleta, Gonzalez, Morrow; Bradley, Delgado; DeLeon, Pozuelo, Osorio; Mullins
Probability: CF Montreal 2-1 Toronto
Montreal have done enough to make ends meet this season and they should have no problem maintaining high intensity for 90 minutes against their biggest rivals who are struggling to score.
Toronto is digging a deeper hole week after week and it seems like this group of veterans are running out of solutions to turn their season around.
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