NYCFC vs Montreal preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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NYCFC look to get back to winning ways as they host CF Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

The Boys In Blue have dropped back-to-back matches, remaining in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings while Montreal have been surging lately, unbeaten in seven and winners of three in a row.

Team news

Heber remains out as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. The Boys In Blue will also be without Talles Magno, also nursing a knee issue and Sean Johnson and James Sands as both remain with the US Men's National Team for the Gold Cup.

Kamal Miller, Romell Quioto and Samuel Piette are all off with their respective countries at the Gold Cup. Montreal will again be forced to make due without first-choice goalkeeper Clement Diop, who is out with a leg injury. Ballou Tabla is also set to miss out with a groin issue.

Predicted lineups

NYCFC: Barraza; Callens, Tinnerholm, Chanot, Thorarinsson; Acevedo, Parks; Tajouri-Shradi, Moralez, Medina; Thiago

Montreal: Pantemis; Camacho, Waterman, Bassong; Lappalainen, Wanyama, Maciel, Mihailovic, Brault-Guillard; Toye, Johnsen

Ones to watch

With Miller and Quioto away on international duty, Mason Toye is Montreal's biggest attacking threat, having scored four goals in the last six games.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi has made his most recent goals count as he scored game-winners over LAFC and Atlanta United, two of NYCFC's last three victories.

Previous meeting

Just two weeks ago, Montreal rallied from a goal down to post a 2-1 victory at the Exploria Stadium.

Keaton Parks opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after receiving a cutback pass from Tajouri-Shradi and beating James Pantemis with a low shot at the far post.

After Sebastien Ibeagha took down Djordje Mihailovic inside the box, Toye leveled from the penalty spot. Quioto tapped in from close range after a through ball from Mihailovic to secure all three points.

How to watch

The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. The YES Network will have coverage in New York while TVA Sports will carry all of the action in Montreal. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Eastern time.