Three points here will be enough for Orlando City to leapfrog Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference table. We are now well over a month into the 2019 Major League Soccer season and the standings are beginning to take shape. Toronto have games in hand on their rivals and a win here will maintain their strong start to the campaign.
Orlando City have been a pillar of inconsistency this season, with three wins, three defeats and three draws in their nine MLS fixtures. You never quite know what you are going to get and that makes predicting the outcome of their matches very difficult indeed. Punters may be tempted by the 57/50 with Betway for a home win this weekend…
Toronto are no slouches though and the Canadian side have been formidable in front of goal in recent weeks. Greg Vanney’s men have scored 19 goals in seven MLS games this season – the best offensive record in the Eastern Conference at the time of writing. Taking that into account, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Toronto run riot in attack.
Defensively, Toronto can be found wanting at times. The visitors are prone to collapsing on the road and Orlando City could reap rewards if the Canadian side crumble. On paper, this is a fascinating contest and punters will be looking forward to what could be an entertaining encounter.
Toronto Destined To Go Close In MLS Cup Bid
You’d be hard pressed to find many Major League Soccer followers writing Toronto off this year. At the beginning of the campaign, Toronto were one of those sides labelled as outside contenders but the Canadian side have gone from strength to strength in recent times. Now as short as 12/1 with 888sport, Toronto are genuine MLS Cup challengers.
Alejandro Pozuelo is currently third in the MLS standings for assists and he will be looking to set up his teammates again this weekend. The Canadian outfit will make themselves hard to beat on the road and Vanney will let the likes of Pozuelo roam free in a bid to create a clear opportunity in front of goal. Keep your eye out for him in this contest.
Home Advantage Key For Orlando City This Year
Orlando City have been a bit of a mixed bag in 2019 and their home form could turn out to be the difference between success and failure. With back-to-back wins in recent fixtures at home, Orlando City are starting to build momentum and it would be foolish to dismiss their chances of a successful campaign. Watch this space, they could be set for a huge year.
With five goals to his name already this season, ex-Manchester United winger Nani has been a huge hit for Orlando City. 6/4 for Nani to get his name on the scoresheet represents solid value given his own personal form in 2019. He isn’t the most consistent player in the league but he is capable of producing a moment of magic.
This has all the makings of an open and expansive contest and it could be a good watch for neutrals. Toronto are the classier team on paper and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the visitors claim all three points – Orlando City are no slouches though and this isn’t going to be one-sided by any means.
With that in mind, opting for Toronto to avoid defeat at 10/13 could be the way to go. It isn’t the most glamorous of betting tips but the Canadian side are improving and another positive result looks likely.
TIP: Toronto FC to win OR draw @ 10/13
CORRECT SCORE: Orlando City 1-2 Toronto FC