Toronto FC produced their best performance of the season last weekend, running out 3-0 winners against a spirited Chicago Fire outfit. The result moved Greg Vanney’s side to within a point of eighth spot and Toronto fans will be dreaming of a late charge to the playoffs. The Canadian outfit have lost just one of their previous six games in all competitions and there is a noticeable change in mood at BMO Field.
However, Atlanta United have been one of the strongest teams in Major League Soccer this season and it would take a brave man to back against the Eastern Conference leaders. Four points clear of closest challengers New York City FC, Atlanta look destined for greatness and plenty of punters will be eyeing up a bet on Gerardo Martino’s men to win the MLS Cup at the end of the postseason.
We are 21 matches into the 2018 Major League Soccer campaign and this signals the first meeting of the year between these two sides. Last season, Toronto FC and Atlanta United played out two 2-2 draws and another high scoring encounter could be on the cards. This has all the makings of a modern classic and it is fitting of a Saturday night fixture.
It will come as no surprise to regular MLS viewers that Atlanta are red hot favourites for victory in this clash. The Eastern Conference leaders are 9/13 to prevail and lots of punters will be siding with the hosts after their incredible efforts this season. Atlanta have lost just two home games all year and United fans will be confident of another positive result this weekend.
The draw is currently available at 3/1 with Betway – a decent price when you consider how this fixture may go. Both teams could cancel each other out, especially if Toronto manage to weather the early Atlanta storm. Atlanta have shared the spoils in two of their previous four home fixtures and that may tempt a few punters to consider the draw.
Fancy a surprise Toronto victory? Well, 888sport are offering 7/2 for the Canadian side to emerge victorious. It would be a huge shock given Atlanta’s dominance so far this season but anything can happen in soccer. Writing Vanney’s men off completely would be foolish, especially after their resurgence in recent weeks.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Sebastian Giovinco has notched three goals in his last five Major League Soccer matches and the former Italy international could be the one to watch here. Toronto will create chances against this aggressive Atlanta side and Giovinco could profit. He scored in both matches against Atlanta last season and plenty of punters will be keeping an eye on his odds ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
Once again, the over line and both teams to score carries plenty of appeal. 1/2 for Toronto and Atlanta to score is not much of a price though; the 6/5 available with 10Bet for over 3.5 goals is a much better option. Expect an entertaining fixture between two of Major League Soccer’s most exciting teams…
A third 2-2 draw in a row beckons if both sides bring their A-game. Capable of scoring a hatful of goals in front of their own fans, Atlanta could run away with this one if Toronto fail to defend astutely. However, with Sebastian Giovinco finding his best form in recent times, this one could go down as one of the games of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.
TIP: Over 3.5 goals (Priced at 6/5 with 10Bet)
CORRECT SCORE: Atlanta United 2-2 Toronto FC (Priced at 12/1 with 888sport)