And then there were four. We are now entering the business end of the 2019 Major League Soccer season and Toronto FC are still in the hunt for glory. Greg Vanney’s side are just 90 minutes away from competing in the MLS Cup and plenty of punters will fancy the Canadian side for the upset on Wednesday night.
At the time of writing, SportingBet are pricing Toronto up at 16/5 to win inside the scheduled 90 minutes. Winning on the road against Atlanta will not be straightforward by any means and the 2018 MLS Cup winners are looking to retain their title. However, Toronto supporters will be quietly confident of a famous victory.
Atlanta are no slouches and the hosts will fancy their chances ahead of Wednesday’s clash. On paper, the defending champions should take some stopping and we could see Atlanta in the MLS Cup showpiece for the second year in a row if everything goes to plan. Watch this space, Frank de Boer’s side mean business and home advantage could give them the edge.
Betway are going 3/8 for Atlanta to advance to the MLS Cup and most soccer fans will be expecting this one to go with the form book. The hosts ran out 2-0 winners over Toronto in their most recent clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and another comfortable success could be on the cards if Atlanta are anywhere near their brilliant best.
Event Date: October 30, 2019
Atlanta Cannot Take Toronto For Granted
On the face of it, Atlanta should prove too strong for Toronto on Wednesday night but the hosts cannot take Vanney’s side for granted. Toronto relished being underdogs in that win over NYCFC in the previous round and the Canadian side could spring another shock here.
Atlanta were eight points clear of Toronto in the regular season and there is no doubting that the hosts are the more consistent team. However, Toronto always seem to raise their game in the playoffs and Atlanta won’t have it all their own way. 888Sport are offering 41/20 for Atlanta to win and both teams to score and that could be the way to go.
Can Toronto Defy The Odds?
Write Toronto off at your peril. The Canadian side have already exceeded expectations but fans will be nervous ahead of this contest. The visitors are now just 90 minutes away from the MLS Cup and the pressure is on both teams ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
Toronto are sweating on Jozy Altidore’s fitness and Vanney remains optimistic that the United States striker will be good to go. Even if he isn’t fully fit just yet, Altidore should be available to play a role from the substitute’s bench and he could be central to their hopes.
At the time of writing, Ladbrokes are offering 2/1 on Altidore to score and Toronto fans will be expecting their main man to make an impact late on. If the game is close, Atlanta may start to hit the panic button and Altidore could be the main beneficiary.
The heart says Toronto but the head almost certainly says Atlanta. Vanney’s side travelled to New York City and got the job last done week but this is a much tougher test and winning two playoff road games in a row is no easy feat.
Expect a heated affair at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday night. Atlanta will be fired up and ready to go but Toronto will try to make themselves difficult to beat – this one could go right down to the wire if the visitors are on top form.
TIP: Atlanta to win and both teams to score (41/20 with 888Sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Atlanta United 3-1 Toronto FC (7/1 with Betfred)