For Columbus Crew, the 2019 Major League Soccer playoffs are a distant dream. The MLS minnows are languishing down in 11th spot in the Eastern Conference, four points adrift of their nearest rivals and eight points behind the top six. Columbus will already have one eye on preparations ahead of the 2020 campaign but there are still eight league games to play.
The Crew have been one of Major League Soccer’s most inconsistent teams in recent years and this has been another miserable campaign. Barring a minor miracle, Columbus look set to finish in the bottom two once again and it would take a brave man to back the Crew for a remarkable recovery ahead of the 2019 postseason.
Meanwhile, Toronto are currently ninth in the table but a game in hand gives the Canadian side a fighting chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Greg Vanney’s side will need to take full advantage of their remaining fixtures at BMO Field but Toronto will see this as a winnable fixture and 2/1 with Coral could turn out to be a massive price.
Building momentum has been tough for Toronto in recent campaigns and the visitors have struggled again in 2019. At the time of writing, Toronto have recently qualified for the 2019 Canadian Championship final and Vanney’s men will be hoping to use that success as the catalyst for an exciting and successful end to the regular season.
Event Date: August 18, 2019
Where Do Columbus Go From Here?
Looking ahead, the signs are ominous for Columbus Crew. With the playoffs now out of the question for 2019, the big question surrounding the franchise is – just where do the Crew go from here? It is hard to predict a change in fortune considering their Major League Soccer struggles over the years and Columbus need a big swing to become relevant.
Most soccer fans will be expecting the Crew to finish in the bottom two this year – and with good reason. Columbus are in real need of a morale boost but confidence has plummeted and you won’t find too many punters expecting a home win. The odds are in their favour but form suggests that steering clear is the sensible option.
Toronto Fans Desperate For 2019 Success
Less than three years ago, Toronto were competing for the MLS Cup. Now, they’re down in ninth spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. Although not entirely down to the manager, Vanney needs to admit his share of blame for Toronto’s struggles – they’ve not acted quickly enough or effectively enough on more than one occasion.
However, they have shown signs of promise in 2019 and a good performance this weekend should be enough to claim three points. If this match was taking place on home soil, Toronto would be clear favourites and there is value in backing the Canadian side at 2/1. Watch this space, Toronto could produce one of their best performances of the season…
Everything points to a Toronto success. With that recent Canadian Championship win under their belts, Toronto are trying to put a run of form together and another victory here could be the catalyst for a big push for MLS Cup glory. Writing Vanney’s men off is not an option given the quality in that squad – they just need to get the best out of their players.
2/1 for an away win this weekend is well worth backing. Columbus have struggled all year and you won’t find too many bettors backing a shock home win.
TIP: Toronto to win (2/1 with Coral)
CORRECT SCORE: Columbus Crew 0-2 Toronto FC (9/1 with William Hill)