Tied at 43 points each, the New York Red Bulls and CF Montreal are both just one point out of the Eastern Conference Playoff picture.
A win for either side could potentially be all the difference in reaching postseason play. With just three matches to play in the MLS regular season, every point is crucial in this tight playoff race, particularly with both teams on the outside looking in.
Here’s what you need to know about the weekend’s matchup with playoff implications…
What TV channel is New York Red Bulls vs CF Montreal on?
When is kick off? Saturday, October 30th, 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Where is the match being played? Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
What TV channel is it on? MSG Networks
What streaming services is it on? MLS Live on ESPN+
New York Red Bulls team news
The Red Bulls suffered their first defeat since September 14th on Wednesday, losing 1-0 to rival DC United at Audi Field. The win for DC United puts them in the playoff picture and one point ahead of the New York Red Bulls with 44. The team is looking to move past the disappointing result.
“Everybody is desperate for points right now and every game is so important. We have to turn around and put ourselves in the best way for Montreal. We have to turn the page and move on quickly,” captain Sean Davis said.
After missing the DC United match, midfielder Omir Fernandez is expected to return for the match with CF Montreal on Saturday.
CF Montreal team news
CF Montreal have only won one of their six previous MLS matches, although the previous three have been draws. The team tied Canadian rivals Toronto FC 1-1 last Saturday. Offense has been an issue for Montreal, who have not scored more than two goals in a league match since September 15th.
Injured forward Romell Quioto is listed as questionable for the match. A potential Quioto return could provide a major boost to a Montreal attack in desperate need.
NY Red Bulls: Coronel; Edwards, Reyes, Nealis, Gutman, Davis, Yearwood, Duncan; Fabio, Casseres, Klimala
Montreal: Pantemis; Camacho, Miller, Waterman, Choiniere, Maciel, Piette, Brault-Guillard; Mihailovic, Torres, Miljevic
New York Red Bulls vs CF Montreal head to head record
Since Montreal joined MLS in 2012, the Red Bulls have held a slight advantage in the all-time series, leading 13-12-2 in the 27 previous matches. At Red Bull Arena, New York have been a dominant side against Montreal with an 11-3 record. In their one matchup this season, CF Montreal defeated RBNY 2-1 on August 14th at Stade Saputo in Montreal.
New York Red Bulls vs CF Montreal score prediction
Despite losing on Wednesday, New York Red Bulls have been strong throughout the fall stretch of the MLS campaign. The team is 6-1-2 since September 17th, and with the season beginning to wind down, getting back to their winning ways is more important than ever.
RBNY have only had one match in which they have scored more than one goal since September 22nd, but the team has continued to stay out of the loss column. The Red Bulls have only ever lost three times at home to CF Montreal, it will be difficult for them to secure a fourth.
Prediction: New York Red Bulls 1-0 CF Montreal