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Guess the Starting XI - Match #5 - Montreal Impact

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Another week and another team. Will the result be the same or different? Time to make your prediction.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Montreal Impact Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

As is routine for every match, we have our regular Guess the Starting XI and Final Score contest. Let’s see how good you are at getting into the manager’s head and predicting how the game will turn out. In addition, we will have monthly, fun, bonus prediction categories, such as yellow cards, substitutions, goal scorers, etc.

How Scoring is Determined

  • Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE half-an-hour prior to the lineup being officially announced, which means 1.5 hours before kickoff.
  • You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. Receive 1 bonus point for correctly predicting 10 starters. Receive 3 bonus points for correctly predicting 11 starters.
  • You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw.
  • You receive 1 point for correctly guessing each team’s final score. Receive 1 bonus point for correctly guessing both teams final score (for a total of 3).
  • That means, if you correctly predict the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner, you can earn 22 points!
  • After each match, I will tally the scores and update the standings, which will be posted with the following match’s prediction article. I will typically post three sets of standings. First, the results from the previous match. Second, the monthly standings. Third, the first/second half standings (with your worst two match predictions removed).

Match #4 - Toronto FC Results

Rank User Total Lineup Bonus Winner Score First Goal
Rank User Total Lineup Bonus Winner Score First Goal
1 edmondk 17 8 0 5 1 3
1 GreyHouseEffect 17 9 0 5 0 3
3 tecate 16 10 1 5 0 0
4 Isabelt 14 9 0 5 0 0
5 AshMan77 13 8 0 5 0 0
5 Mykvechkin 13 8 0 5 0 0
5 Westsider13 13 8 0 5 0 0
8 AmandaC 12 7 0 5 0 0
9 rtomsheck 11 10 1 0 0 0
10 Atlantis B 9 9 0 0 0 0
11 CDPrior 8 8 0 0 0 0
11 elcapitano2 8 8 0 0 0 0
11 Sixyarder 8 8 0 0 0 0

Overall Standings

Ranking User Total Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4
Ranking User Total Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4
1 Westsider13 58 19 11 15 13
2 AmandaC 52 14 12 14 12
2 Isabelt 52 14 10 14 14
2 Mykvechkin 52 14 10 15 13
5 GreyHouseEffect 51 14 9 14 14
6 edmondk 50 14 8 14 14
7 Atlantis B 48 14 10 15 9
8 rtomsheck 46 14 14 7 11
9 tecate 41 14 11 0 16
10 chuckbiscuits 39 14 9 16 0
10 IslandLife 39 14 14 11 0
12 Fudmur 31 22 9 0 0
13 Jitsuo 28 14 14 0 0
13 TillmanD 28 14 14 0 0
13 Victor Abbott 28 20 8 0 0
16 J Stebeck 24 14 10 0 0
16 The Squirrel 24 14 10 0 0
16 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 24 14 10 0 0
19 freewheeling 23 14 9 0 0
19 Jph003 23 14 9 0 0
19 Mriswith 23 15 8 0 0
19 OniNoTim 23 14 9 0 0
19 Stick of Butter 23 14 9 0 0
24 Airos 22 11 11 0 0
24 WhitcapsfanfromOntario 22 14 8 0 0
26 Norwegian Would 14 14 0 0 0
26 TR M 14 14 0 0 0

Match Review (Toronto FC) and Preview (Montreal Impact)

It may have been a new night, but the result was the same - Vancouver Whitecaps looking limp and unable to do anything useful. Despite what we have come to know as the current Whitecaps, some optimism still abound in our predictions. Maybe it is what AmandaC said “I feel like watching the Caps is like being in a bad relationship. You hang in there hoping that things will change back to being like the good old days.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

We had a tie at the top of the match results between edmondk and GreyHouseEffect. Both ended the match with 17 points, thanks to correctly predicting no goal. GreyHouseEffect did the classic “I predict Caps score for my ‘final score’ prediction, but predict no goal for my ‘first goal’ prediction.” Smart! At the end of the day though, tecate might have the last laugh as they finished 3rd with 16 points, with all 16 counting towards their year-end total (bonus points only count to monthly totals).

Speaking of the Overall Standings, Westsider13 holds a four-point lead over the trio of AmandaC, Isabelt, and Mykvechkin. Of course, with only four matches played you can’t really read much into this. Also worth noting that these standings include the total scores for each match. I will begin calculating the overall scores with the lowest two predictions removed in the coming weeks. I am waiting until we have a few more matches.

One last note, after this match I will include a ‘Canadian Championship’ standings for the matches between TFC, Montreal, and Vancouver. With only two matches so far I felt it was a bit premature to be posting that one. BTW, that one will include the bonus points.

I contemplated changing the bonus category for this one, but I figured we should wait until Vancouver returns home. So, for the two Montreal matches we will keep with the interval of the first goal. Caps have yet to score since the return. Will they break that streak against Montreal? Worth noting that outside of a ten-minute stretch against Chicago Fire, the Caps have not scored in five matches, losing 3-0 to Seattle, 0-0 with Sporting KC, and 3-0 and 1-0 to Toronto FC. Yikes! Hard to predict wins with those types of numbers. Of course, that just means they are going to blow Montreal out right....Sorry, I predicted that for the last match. I am not being caught again!

Time to get your lineup and score predictions in, along with the bonus first Caps goal scoring interval: 0-<15, 15-<30, 30-45+, 45-<60, 60-<75, 75-90+

Good luck!