Orlando City have slipped down the Major League Soccer ladder in recent months. Now on a nine-match losing run, James O’Connor’s side are now just three points clear of Toronto FC and Orlando fans are looking nervously over their shoulders ahead of this one. An improved effort is needed if Orlando are to snap this poor run of form.
Meanwhile, Toronto FC showed excellent mental strength to hold Sporting Kansas City to a draw last time out and Greg Vanney will be urging his troops to push on. From a Canadian perspective, this is a winnable fixture and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Toronto go all out for the win. They still boast one of the strongest attacking units in Major League Soccer…
Toronto came out on top in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season and plenty of punters will fancy the visitors to prevail again here. Vanney’s men have struggled to inspire confidence at times this season but Orlando’s recent woes should give Toronto a lift ahead of this weekend’s fixture.
Incredibly, Orlando City are slight favourites for this clash – you won’t find too many bettors siding with the hosts at 13/8 though. With three successive defeats on home soil, their perceived home advantage has not worked but the Orlando City Stadium regulars will be hopeful of a resurgence. Don’t write them off just yet.
The draw is in play at a very appealing 11/4. Both teams will be desperate to secure three points this weekend but avoiding defeat is also important. Building momentum is vital at this stage of the campaign and the playoffs are still just about in sight. Expect an open and expansive affair this weekend – and that could lead to goals at both ends.
8/5 for a Toronto victory carries plenty of appeal considering recent results. Orlando’s woes have been well documented and the Canadian outfit will look to strike early. A first half goal for Toronto could give the visitors the impetus to hunt a second in the latter stages and gaps in the Orlando defence will open up. The hosts are there for the taking and Toronto fans know it…
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Orlando forward Stefano Pinho tops the anytime goal scorer betting but it may be wise to look elsewhere in this market. The Brazilian has scored just once in 13 Major League Soccer appearances this campaign and his 5/4 price is not worth it. Sebastian Giovinco is having a sub-par season but the Italian has notched three goals in his last nine games and he carries more appeal at the same price with 888sport.
As with most MLS encounters, the over 2.5 goals line is well worth considering. At 1/2 with Betway, traders are expecting a high-scoring affair and with good reason. Over 2.5 goals has landed in four of Toronto’s last five games whilst also winning in three of Orlando City’s last five fixtures. Backing the under line is a risk – these two sides could serve up a real feast of attacking football this weekend.
The onus is on Toronto to grasp this chance with both hands. Orlando City are there for the taking and a road win here could give the Canadian outfit a real lift as the race to reach the playoffs heats up. Greg Vanney will have his side ready for battle and, whilst it may be close, the visitors can come out on top.
TIP: Over 2.5 goals @ 1/2 with Betway
CORRECT SCORE: Orlando City 1-2 Toronto FC (Priced at 9/1 with 888sport)