Toronto FC’s “blip” has gone on much longer than expected. In fact, it is fair to suggest that the 2017 Major League Soccer champions are now in a state of crisis – Greg Vanney’s men have won just three of their 12 matches so far this season.
There is still an opportunity for the Canadian outfit to turn things around but it looks like Toronto could miss out on a 2018 playoff berth at this moment in time.
Philadelphia have been one of the Eastern Conference’s most inconsistent teams this year; winning five, drawing three and losing six of their 14 league games. The Union have failed to build momentum and confidence is low but plenty of punters will fancy Philly to prevail on home soil.
Jim Curtin’s side have won just one of their previous 10 matches against Toronto and the hosts will be desperate to end that woeful run this weekend.
Philadelphia head into this contest as favourites but there isn’t much between the two sides in the betting. The Union are a 14/11 shot with 888sport to pick up the three points and it would take a brave man to back against them on current form.
Yes, Toronto have a strong record in this particular fixture but this current Canadian side is struggling and Philadelphia can take full advantage in front of an expectant Talen Energy Stadium crowd.
Fancy the draw? A share of the spoils wouldn’t be a complete surprise in this fixture – both teams have failed to inspire confidence so far this year and a point isn’t a terrible result for either club.
The draw is available at a very appealing 12/5 with Betway and Toronto fans would probably take a point. Vanney will be feeling the pressure in the BMO Field hot seat and a positive result is an absolute must.
Canadian sports fans will be tempted by the 2/1 available with 10Bet for Toronto to prevail and with good reason. Their recent form in this fixture is incredible and it is difficult to back against Vanney’s side with that in mind.
However, their form this season is concerning and punters should support Toronto at their own peril. This could quite easily be another banana skin in what could be the worst year in Toronto’s recent history.
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Backing Sebastian Giovinco at 11/8 may be foolish considering Toronto’s poor run of form but he remains the value pick. At his brilliant best, the Italian is one of the best players in the league and he is central to Toronto’s aspirations.
The 13/10 on offer for Philadelphia to take a lead into half-time is also decent. A slow start for Toronto could prove catastrophic for their chances of a positive result here and the home side will go for the jugular early on.
Betway customers will fancy the 8/13 for over 2.5 goals this weekend – neither team is up to scratch defensively and that should mean plenty of chances. It could be a high scoring affair if both sides push.
William Hill are going 8/1 for Philadelphia to win 2-1 and that is a price worth taking. The Union aren’t going to blow Toronto out of the water; Philly have scored just 16 goals so far this year.
But they are good enough to put two past Toronto and that should be enough to snag three points. The Canadian outfit may snatch a consolation goal but it could be yet another disappointing journey home for the travelling Toronto faithful.