The Montreal Impact will get the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs started on Friday, Nov. 20 as betting underdogs when they take on the New England Revolution. The game will get started at 6:30 p.m. ET. Montreal enters as the No. 9 seed with the Revolution coming in at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference. This will be the first game of the playoffs in the MLS.
Eighteen teams advanced to the postseason in a strange MLS regular season that was impacted significantly by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Teams were only able to play a maximum of 23 games, which not every team was able to do thanks to cancellations.
Friday night will feature the two play-in games from the Eastern Conference with this game starting it off followed by the No. 7 seed Nashville SC against No. 10 Inter Miami FC afterward. The winner of Friday night’s games will advance to first round to play either the top-seeded Philadelphia Union or No. 2 seed Toronto FC. The lower seeded play-in game winner would play Philadelphia Union, while the higher seeded winner will take on Toronto FC. The first round matchups would take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The loser of Friday night’s matchup will be knocked out of the playoffs and get a head start on the next season.
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Montreal reached the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season when it reached the Eastern Conference finals in dramatic fashion. The Impact trailed twice in their 3-2 playoff-clinching victory over D.C. United on Decision day to close out the regular season on Nov. 8.
Impact vs. Revolution betting preview
Sportsbooks are offering plenty of betting options for gamblers to take advantage of as they enjoy the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Here’s a look at what the public has the ability to wager on.
All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Oddsmakers suggest there is a very small chance Montreal can leave this game with a victory. This will be the fifth time these teams have met this season. The Impact won the first game of the series between these two teams, but the Revolution came away with a victory in each of the final three. In their most recent matchup, New England came away with a 3-2 victory on Oct. 24.
- New England Revolution -250
- Tie +410
- Montreal Impact +575
Total goals (regular time)
If bettors want to root for or against goals being scored on Friday night, they have that option to bet the total goals. The sportsbook is expecting there to be about three goals scored in this match.
- Over 0.5 (-10000)
- Under 0.5 (+1600)
- Over 1.5 (-770)
- Under 1.5 (+450)
- Over 2.5 (-210)
- Under 2.5 (+155)
- Over 3.5 (+130)
- Under 3.5 (-177)
- Over 4.5 (+310)
- Under 4.5 (-480)
- Over 5.5 (+650)
- Under 5.5 (-1430)
- Over 6.5 (+1400)
- Under 6.5 (-10000)
Unfortunately for its fans, Montreal is favored in this category.
- Montreal Impact -124
- New England Revolution +245
- Tie +310
First goal scorer
Sports bettors may wager on which player scores the first goal in Friday night’s game. There is a large list of possible contenders, so let’s limit it to the top five players in the game according to the oddsmakers.
- Gustavo Bou +360
- Adam Buksa +410
- Cristian Penilla & Teal Bunbury +450
- Carles Gil +475
According to the futures odds in terms of who will win the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, Montreal finds itself in a tie for 15th best odds among the 18 playoff. The Impact’s odds are set at +4000 alongside Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC. New England has slightly better odds at +3000 in a tie for the 12th best odds to win it all.
If Montreal can pull off an upset on Friday night, it might have to play Philadelphia Union, which is the current betting favorite to win the title at +500 odds.
The 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs will conclude on Dec. 12.