At the time of writing, Los Angeles FC are red hot favourites to win the MLS Cup this year.
If everything goes to plan, the Western Conference leaders will be celebrating a first MLS Cup success. Watch this space, LAFC are primed to thrive at the highest level.
The hosts have picked up 35 points from 14 home league games in 2019 and that might be enough to tempt punters to side with LAFC this weekend.
Defeat to Minnesota United a few weeks ago scuppered their chances of an unbeaten home campaign but Los Angeles will be looking to get back to winning ways here.
Meanwhile, Toronto have a five-point advantage over the chasing pack in the race to qualify for the Major League Soccer playoffs.
Greg Vanney could leave the club at the end of the season but the Toronto boss will want to go out on a high if possible.
This game should give the Canadian side a good indication as to whether they can go toe-to-toe with the best in the business.
Toronto are best priced at 7/4 with Betway to avoid defeat in Los Angeles this weekend and away fans will be quietly confident of a positive result.
Event Date: September 22, 2019
LAFC On Verge Of First MLS Crown?
Neutrals will expect LAFC to emerge victorious in this fixture – particularly as Toronto have failed to inspire confidence away from home.
Los Angeles have bigger fish to fry in the next few months though and defeat here wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Carlos Vela has been in supreme goal scoring form this season, notching 28 goals in 27 MLS appearances.
The Mexican is valued at 9/4 to open the scoring this weekend and LAFC fans will be hoping for another big performance from their leading striker.
For those expecting a dominant effort from Los Angeles, the 10/11 available with 888Sport for over 2.5 home goals is worth considering.
Given their stronghold on home turf, we could see plenty of chances fall their way in this fixture.
Toronto Looking Ahead To Playoffs?
Taking their current playoff status for granted would be foolish – Toronto still have work to do to confirm their MLS playoff spot.
Vanney will be urging his side on to try and come away from this clash with at least a draw, though that won’t be easy.
With just one defeat in their last 10 games in all competitions, Toronto are hitting form at the right time.
Building momentum for the MLS Cup postseason is essential; you rarely see a team end the regular season poorly and then enjoy success in the playoffs.
William Hill are going 4/11 for Toronto to score in Los Angeles this weekend.
That isn’t the biggest price in the world but it is worth sticking in an accumulator with other MLS bets ahead of what should be a thrilling weekend of soccer in North America.
The heart may say Toronto but the head certainly says Los Angeles here. 1/2 for the hosts to win is a decent price with Betfair and punters will be expecting the Western Conference favourites to get back to winning ways this weekend.
The 9/4 for Vela to grab the first goal of the game is also tempting. As LAFC’s focal point of the attack, Vela is likely to see plenty of chances fall his way and he could put Toronto to the sword. Watch this space, an exciting contest awaits at Banc of California Stadium.
TIP: Carlos Vela to score first (9/4 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: LAFC 3-1 Toronto FC (10/1 with SportingBet)