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Preview: Impact hosts New England Saturday at Stade Saputo

MONTREAL – As it continues to push for a playoff spot, the Montreal Impact embarks on a series of three straight home games in just eight days, starting this Saturday against the New England Revolution, at 8pm (TVA Sports, 98.5fm, TSN Radio 690).

Saturday’s game will be a third consecutive sellout, with 20,801 spectators in attendance. Excellent tickets are still available for the next two home games via on Wednesday, September 23 at 8pm against Chicago, which was originally scheduled for April 18, and versus D.C. United on Saturday, September 26 at 5pm.

“We are starting a series of three games at home, and despite the good performances we’ve put in on the road, but it will be very important to get as many points as possible at home,” said defender Wandrille Lefèvre. “New England is coming off of a win against New York and they are in good form.”

The Impact brass decided to rest some players for its midweek clash at San Jose, so the likes of Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti, Evan Bush, Marco Donadel and returning from suspension Laurent Ciman, will be available for this important week of matches at home.

With a revamped lineup at Avaya Stadium, IMFC earned a hard fought 1-1 draw at San Jose when Kyle Bekker tied things up with his first ever MLS goal, after having gone down a goal and then a man following Ambroise Oyongo’s ejection. Last Saturday, the team had started its trip on the west coast with a well-deserved 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy.

“Coming back from a long road trip out west with some good results, we now have to justify those results by putting in a good performance at home,” said Impact head coach Mauro Biello. “It’ll be a difficult challenge against the team that is first in our Conference, but we’ll be ready.”

The Revs currently top the Eastern Conference with 46 points from a record of 13-9-7, coming off of its midweek 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls. The Boston-area team is unbeaten in its last eight games and is riding a “red-hot” six game winning streak, while outscoring its opponents 15-3 during that time. Forward Charlie Davis leads New England with nine goals, while Lee Nguyen tops his team with 10 assists.