Kick-off: 1930 EDT, 28/07/2022
Stadium: Tim Hortons Field
Hamilton made a poor start to the campaign but have shown clear signs of improvement over the last two weeks and can prevail at home to Montreal.
Admittedly, the Alouettes are also coming off a couple of encouraging efforts, but the Tiger Cats did beat them here in the play-offs last term.
We’re going with the hosts to oblige by 1-6 points at 4.1 for our first Hamilton Tiger Cats vs Montreal Alouettes prediction.
Hamilton Tiger Cats Odds
Having reached the past two Grey Cup finals, only going down in overtime to Winnipeg last year, Hamilton were expected to challenge for top honours again this term.
However, starting out with four straight defeats put the pressure on third-season head coach Orlondo Steinauer and his players.
The Tiger Cats responded gamely, though, returning from a bye week to shade Ottawa 25-23 at this venue.
Hamilton had the chance to build on that by winning at BC Lions in a defensive battle but came up just short.
Turnovers continued to haunt Steinauer’s side and a missed field goal from 41 yards when 10-6 down contributed towards a 17-12 defeat.
The feeling is that the Tiger Cats deserved more from their 414 yards of offence and they still did us a favour in helping to land a 6.96 parlay on handicap picks in our CFL predictions.
A place in the play-offs remains up for grabs and a solid defence can certainly help, so Hamilton Tiger Cats vs Montreal Alouettes odds.
That bet would have paid off in all three meetings in 2021 and a pre-season clash this year.
Montreal Alouettes Odds
Montreal justified support in our match preview when winning 40-33 at Ottawa to improve to 2-4 for the season.
New head coach Danny Maciocia will have enjoyed that first victory since succeeding Khari Jones, having previously lost in agonising fashion against Edmonton.
On that occasion, the Alouettes led 31-12 midway through the third quarter but then gave up 20 unanswered points to lose by one, with penalties, interceptions and a fumble recovery featured in that collapse.
Against the Redblacks, Montreal scored 15 points in the fourth period and held firm on defence in the final minute to triumph.
Trevor Harris completed 25 of 31 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns, while Dominique Davis ran in three more scores.
“It’s just good for us to finish off a win,” quarterback Harris told TSN. “We needed to make sure we finished that because last week we didn’t.
“You don’t get an opportunity to right your wrong quite a bit in pro football, so just glad we were able to be able to do that.”
Montreal have been involved in a number of tight tussles this term, so it is easy to see why they are 1.91 with three points start on the spread.
We just believe Hamilton’s defence will be fired up in front of their own fans and can put enough pressure on Harris to get the win.
In what should be a tight tussle with some late nerves, 2.6 for the second quarter to produce the most points is added to our Hamilton Tiger Cats vs Montreal Alouettes betting tips.
BC Lions 17-12 HAMILTON
Ottawa 33-40 MONTREAL
Head-to-head: Hamilton 23-12 Montreal, Hamilton 20-23 Montreal, Montreal 10-27 Hamilton
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