Toronto, currently leading the way at the top of the Eastern Conference, have won six on the spin and the Canadian outfit will be quietly confident of extending their streak to seven when they travel to the Big Apple this weekend. New York Red Bulls have lost three Major League Soccer games in a row and they may struggle against Greg Vanney’s side.
Incredibly, Toronto will head into this one as underdogs. The visitors are weak in the markets and punters can back Vanney’s men at 27/10 with Winner Sports – plenty of MLS fans will fancy the visitors here. They haven’t been as solid away from home this year but you’d fancy Toronto to beat anybody on current form.
On home soil, the Red Bulls have traditionally been solid but a slow start to the campaign has affected their confidence. Some will fancy New York to get back to winning ways and an industry-best price of Even Money is currently available with 888Sport.
It may prove prudent to side with the draw, however. Backing against a team on a six-game winning run is difficult and opting for a share of the spoils may be the safest option; 10Bet are going 5/2 for a stalemate at Red Bull Arena.
Individual Goal Scorers
Like most previews on Toronto games, there is only one man to consider when looking for a goalscorer. As correctly predicted by us last week, Sebastian Giovinco opened the scoring in Toronto’s 3-2 win against Minnesota United – well done to those who backed him at 3/1 to grab the first goal.
The Italy international now has six goals in his last six appearances and another could be on the cards this weekend. Bet365 are offering 13/10 for the Toronto star to hit the back of the net during Saturday’s clash and punters should be snapping those odds up ahead of what could be a high scoring affair.
By the same token, the Red Bulls also have one of Major League Soccer’s most dangerous stars at their disposal. Bradley Wright-Phillips has already bagged four goals this campaign and it would take a brave man to back against the New York man adding to his impressive tally here.
At the time of writing, Wright-Phillips is 10/3 with Bet365 to open the scoring and punters may be tempted by an early goal for the hosts – especially if Toronto dominate in terms of possession. New York could easily catch the Canadian side on the break and Wright-Phillips may be the biggest beneficiary.
Other Side Bets
Toronto have scored more goals than anybody else in the East while New York have let in more than any of their rivals; so goals are a certainty right? Over 2.5 goals tends to land when these sides are in action and the 4/7 available with Betway is good value for money.
Meanwhile, the double chance market is also worth a look. Toronto are priced at 5/6 to win OR draw and that is decent value considering they have lost just once in 12 MLS fixtures so far this season.
Predicting a score line is always tricky but the 12/1 on Toronto to win 2-1 with William Hill might just be the pick of the bunch. It won’t be easy and both teams will be confident of scoring at least once but Vanney’s men might just about shade it if they play at their brilliant best.
- Sebastian Giovinco to score anytime @ 13/10 with Bet365
- Over 2.5 goals @ 4/7 with Betway
- Toronto to win OR draw @ 5/6 with Bet365