Toronto are now in pole position to finish in the seventh and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season. Greg Vanney’s men are one point clear of closest rivals Montreal Impact but Toronto have two games in hand on their compatriots.
With just one defeat in their last eight games in all competitions, Toronto are back on track as they attempt to cement their status as Canada’s best soccer team. With the Vancouver Whitecaps rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference, Toronto could be Canada’s only representatives in the MLS playoffs this year.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati are rock bottom of the East after picking up just 18 points all year. At the beginning of the campaign, most Major League Soccer fans expected Cincinnati to find it difficult but nobody expected them to be 13 points adrift at the bottom of the standings.
With 20 defeats in their 28 league games so far this season, Cincinnati’s fans have had to sit and watch some dismal performances. Could the hosts spring a shock here against playoff-chasing Toronto? Never say never. Toronto have been inconsistent themselves in 2019 and a shock result could be on the cards if the visitors are complacent.
Event Date: September 8, 2019
Any Positives For MLS Debutants Cincinnati?
There are a few positives for Cincinnati to build on ahead of the 2020 Major League Soccer campaign. This year was always going to be difficult but Ron Jans’ side haven’t disgraced themselves completely – after all, they have managed to secure five league victories.
With three of their five wins coming on home turf, Cincinnati have the platform to enjoy a respectable campaign next year. Nobody is expecting them to go on and lift the MLS Cup but a strong finish to 2019 will help set the tone for what could be a much improved 2020.
However, Cincinnati have failed to inspire confidence in front of their own fans in recent weeks. The hosts have lost their last five matches in a row, conceding two or more goals in all of those fixtures. An early goal for Toronto in this clash could see the floodgates open.
Toronto Cannot Take Foot Off The Gas
Avoid complacency and Toronto should win this – it is as simple as that. Much the stronger team on paper, Toronto look destined to qualify for the postseason after an impressive run of form. That 2-1 win over Montreal was massive for shifting momentum in their favour…
Toronto have struggled away from home this season but Cincinnati’s poor form at Nippert Stadium should give the visitors confidence. The 10/11 available with William Hill for the Canadian outfit to claim three points looks too good to be true – this is a winnable contest.
Cincinnati have conceded 67 goals in 28 league games this year, 11 more than any other team. Toronto should go for the jugular in the early exchanges in a bid to put the game to bed; a close encounter probably suits the hosts more than the visitors.
The 10/11 available with William Hill for a Toronto triumph should be snapped up. With the Canadian side putting a run of form together ahead of this clash, the writing could be on the wall for Cincinnati this weekend.
Toronto are by no means one of the strongest teams in Major League Soccer but the visitors should prove too good for Cincinnati here. The 14/1 for a convincing 3-1 road success could turn out to be a huge price come full-time.
TIP: Toronto to win (10/11 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: FC Cincinnati 1-3 Toronto FC (14/1 with Betway)