Opportunity knocks as Impact hosts slumping Fire

The Montreal Impact are anticipating a slumping Chicago Fire team to be more dangerous and unpredictable than the last time these teams met.

The Impact host Chicago at Saputo Stadium in Major League Soccer action on Saturday (7 p.m., TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) less than three weeks after they beat the Fire soundly 3-0 in Montreal. A draw or victory would put the seventh-place Impact back in playoff contention. Montreal is tied on points with sixth-place Atlanta United, who do not play this weekend.

“Any time you play a team two times pretty close together, especially when we beat them, they’re going to come out in a different way, in a more strong way,” defender Daniel Lovitz said at practice on Friday. “We have to anticipate that and match that.”