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Massive Predictions: Crew vs Montreal Impact

They got a draw. Can the Black & Gold get a win on Saturday?

Columbus Crew SC v Montreal Impact Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Columbus Crew SC got a win on Wednesday... well a win for the Black & Gold who hadn’t recorded a point in a month a half. Columbus managed a 2-2 draw on the road against the Chicago Fire in a game that felt as good as any in recent memory.

Now the Crew welcome the Montreal Impact to MAPFRE Stadium for the second meeting between the two teams of the year. The first matchup was essentially the start of the downward spiral for the Black & Gold, with Columbus falling 1-0 in Montreal.

Can the Crew start to build some momentum and earn the team’s first win since May 8? Let’s see what our staff thinks.

Patrick Murphy

I felt good about the trip to Chicago (although I’ve felt good about previous Crew games) and the Black & Gold managed to get a result, showing fight that’s been missing in coming from behind twice. Now it will be about building on that game and getting a much-needed win.

Montreal has struggled of late as injuries impact (pun intended) their season. Meanwhile, the Crew is getting healthier and the reinforcements added this summer are starting to pay dividends. I think this is the turn of good fortunes for Columbus.
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Jay Homan

Montreal, the club where all the troubles began. It would be poetic if the Crew could get their first win in two months on Saturday, and began a miraculous push for the seventh playoff spot. But both are unlikely. The Black & Gold looked better on Wednesday night. The addition of Luis Diaz and Romario Williams late in the game clearly created a spark. The possible returns of Josh Williams and Jonathan Mensah could create a similar spark on Saturday. But the Impact will be aggressively trying to secure points after suffering three straight losses in league play. Expect the same competitive play we have seen the last several matches, but with a bit more comfort as the Crew continue to reattain depth. If Columbus can have five shots on goal like they did on Wednesday (the most since April 24), they may be able sneak away with a win.
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Tyler Fisher

Columbus ends its three-games-in-eight-day stretch at home against the Montreal Impact who did not have a midweek game. The Impact will be fresh and have the upper hand on the Crew, who come into this match after playing against Orlando City last week and the Chicago Fire this past Wednesday. While Columbus has to regroup and get back on track, they still are dealing with injuries to Gaston Sauro and Josh Williams, as well as David Guzman. The Black & Gold are long overdue for a win, so if the momentum from the 2-2 draw is any indication that they will have a positive performance against Montreal, Columbus could easily win the game.
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Jimmy Lentz

Following a dramatic 2-2 tie in Chicago on Wednesday, Columbus Crew SC (18 points) returns to MAPFRE Stadium to host the Montreal Impact (30 points) this Saturday night. The Impact, currently fifth place in the Eastern Conference, is a league anomaly because it’s the only team above the playoff line (in either of the conferences) with a negative goal differential (-10). And while significant tactical and organizational problems remain for the Crew in the long-term, the Black & Gold will look to take advantage of Montreal’s three-game MLS losing streak and struggling defense in the short term in order to earn a desperately-needed result in front of home fans this weekend.
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Elmer Plasencia

We have already seen Columbus take on Montreal this season and that ended in an all too familiar result: a one-goal loss for the Crew. This time around, both teams are fighting to get out of a bad run of form. It is likely that two of the Impact’s key pieces will be out on Saturday and that certainly helps Columbus who should see a number of new acquisitions and potentially Jonathan Mensah on the pitch. Wednesday’s tie against the Fire wasn’t a perfect game but the team did show fight to get a point. This Montreal game could be the one to finally snap out of this winless streak as Caleb Porter starts getting more of “his” players on the pitch.
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Mike Crosky

Going into the Fire match, I had a hunch that the Crew would collect four out of six points in this two-game stretch. The Black & Giold followed through with a tightly contested draw in Chicago. To finish off the point collection, Columbus will need to earn a home victory against Montreal. Given the successful debuts of Luis Diaz and Romario Williams, it is very possible that momentum is building with this club. Hopefully Eloy Room will make a debut on Saturday. I just have this funny feeling the winless streak will end against Montreal. Call it optimism, call it a hunch, call it momentum, but I think we see a Crew victory.
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Collin Johnson

The Crew sit 11 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 matches remaining. Sadly, that doesn’t take into account the four games in hand that seventh place New York City FC has on Columbus. Montreal, sitting in fifth place, is 12 points ahead of the Black & Gold. It’s not impossible for the Crew to make the playoffs but it is incredibly difficult. They’ll have to get points from almost every match remaining while hoping others fall behind. Luckily, the reinforcements are finally here. A lackluster first half in Chicago was wiped away by an exciting game-tying goal by Romario Williams on his debut, assisted by Luis Diaz also on his debut. With Jordan Hamilton and Eloy Room hopefully joining the team this week and time left in the transfer window, this team could look much different two weeks from now.

If Columbus wants to give those new signings a chance to compete in the playoffs, they’ll have to grab points at home against Montreal on Saturday. The Impact have lost three straight and look to be a team in the middle of a struggle. Of course, the Black & Gold have struggled for months, but maybe the end is near. If Diaz is able to build on his exciting performance on Wednesday, maybe the Crew are on their way to a fun end of the season.
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Abigail Hintz

For the first time in a very long time, the Crew has seen points more recently than an opponent. The last time Montreal got a win was early June, and they are going to look to turn that around away from home tomorrow. Despite the slumpm the Impact finds themselves in, they currently rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, while Columbus finds themselves in 11th.

The push to the playoffs begins now, and the Black & Gold need to keep the momentum they felt Wednesday going in front of their home crowd to get their first win in 10 MLS matches. I believe the return of key players combined with the addition of new faces could mean this is the breakthrough the team has been looking for. Though I’m not sure they can pull out the full three points against this Impact side.
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Nick Hudak

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that the Crew has the opportunity to extend an unbeaten streak. The most amount of optimism that Columbus fans can hang their head on is how they scored the late equalizer against Chicago. Scored and assisted by newcomers in Luis Diaz and Romario Williams. They’ll both be names to keep an eye on moving forward.

Still, Caleb Porter is going to want wins instead of ties down the stretch. In comes a tough Montreal Impact, who bested the Crew on the road earlier in the season. I still want to see more out of Columbus before I can restore a larger amount of faith in them, but I have a good feeling about nabbing a point at home.
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