Columbus Crew v Toronto FC: Reds Still Looking to Kick on in the East

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Greg Vanney

After an impressive 2016, Toronto FC are still looking to make an impact in the current season and although they are undefeated, a record of four ties from their opening five matches leaves Greg Vanney’s men firmly in the bottom half of the table.

On Saturday night, they must improve and their unbeaten run is on the line when they tackle Conference leaders Columbus Crew.

Match Odds

Crew have three wins from their opening six games and that run has given them a one point lead over Orlando in the East. That record makes them favourites here and you can currently back the home side at 6/5 with Bet365 and Stan James.

Your other options for Saturday are the tie at 23/10 with Bet365 and SportingBet while a victory for Toronto is priced at that same 23/10 with Bet365 once again. Based on form alone you might well look for Columbus to win this and, of course, they have home advantage but Gregg Berhalter’s men lost last time out and while Toronto are drawing too many right now, they are clearly tough to beat.

Overall, the draw looks a strong option at the Mapfre Stadium this Saturday.

Individual Goal Scorers

If Toronto are going to get anything from this, who are the men that will swing this tie in their favour? First goal scorer betting is mixed between the two sides but the obvious man to look for in a red shirt is Sebastian Giovinco who is on offer at best odds of 5/1 with Bet365 to find the net first.

The Italian international is off the mark this season with one goal in four while the favourite here is Crew’s Ola Kamara at a top price of 9/2 with Bet365. Kamara is a Norwegian international with a great record of 19 goals in 31 league games while in Ohio and the 27 year old already has three in six this season.

We have to say that we like the look of Kamara in this game but may look for the safer option of a goal in 90 minutes which comes in at 13/10 with Bet365.

If you’re looking at the anytime market you may also want to consider Jozy Altidore at 9/5 with either 32Red or 888Sport. Altidore is also off the mark this season and is second only to Giovinco in terms of a goal threat.

Other Side Bets

We’re looking to base our bets around a low scoring tie in Ohio this Saturday so first stop is the overs and unders market where you can bet under the 2.5 goal line at Even Money with Bet365 and Winner Sports. The over price here is 6/7 with 888Sport but, while neither team has suffered much in terms of defeats, they haven’t always been that hot in front of goal.

Under the 2.5 goal line is strong but for our final tip, we’ll take a chance in the correct score market. As we know, it can be very tough to land a winner here but the rewards are good when you nail them and the 6/1 offered by Winner Sports on a 1-1 draw is good for a small wager.

Here are three options for your parlay this week in a game where the bookies are finding it hard to pick a winner. Columbus Crew head the Conference and while Toronto are somewhere near the bottom, it could be claimed that this is a false position as Vanney’s men have yet to lose so far this season.

Overall, we think that these factors will cancel each other out and the tie looks your best option this weekend.

Best Bets:

  • The tie at 23/10 with Bet365
  • Ola Kamara to score anytime in 90 minutes at 13/10 with Bet365
  • Correct Score of Columbus Crew 1 Toronto FC 1 at 6/1 with Winner Sports