Columbus is struggling so far to begin the season and will head to Montreal this week to play the Impact and hopefully get their first win. The club is trending in the right direction coming off of two draws after opening 2016 with two straight losses. The opposite is true for Montreal, who have been shutout in two straight games, losing both.
Montreal remains tied for second in the standings after four matches, while Columbus remains at the bottom, which they’ve nested in since opening week. Last year’s prolific offense is off to a rocky start this season with the club tied for last in the league in goals scored.
The Impact will once again be without Didier Drogba due to the turf field. Luckily for the club, this should be his last match missed for quite some time. Marco Donadel picked up a leg injury last week, however is status for Saturday is unknown.
The last meeting was a thrilling 3-1 victory for Columbus in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. After losing 2-1 in Montreal, Columbus came back to win in extra-time courtesy of two Kei Kamara goals. Columbus of course went on to beat the Red Bulls in the conference finals before falling to Portland in the MLS Cup Finals.
Neither team is in form, however, Columbus has only allowed one goal in there previous two matches and if not for a 77th minute equalizer last week, they would’ve had there first victory against a tough FC Dallas side. I think they have to score two goals to win this one, but I’m going out on a limb here and will say they do it. 2-1 Columbus.