Toronto FC picked up a decent point away at New York City FC on Wednesday evening and a return to home soil could see Greg Vanney’s men go one better when Colorado Rapids stroll into town. The Canadian outfit have won their last nine home games in all competitions and it would take a brave man to back against the hosts on current form.
According to 888Sport, Toronto are valued at 5/11 to emerge victorious at BMO Field for the tenth game in a row; an immense achievement to say the least. Vanney’s men are right in the mix for the MLS Cup and another win will help their standing ahead of the playoffs.
Draw backers can get odds of 33/10 with 10Bet and a tepid encounter could be on the cards if Colorado park the bus. Toronto may be feeling a little tired after their exploits earlier on in the week and a fairly uninspiring contest would suit the visitors.
Fancy a shock victory? Punters can back the Rapids at 7/1 with Winner Sports and they might not be too far away. The hosts have to lose at some point and Colorado, who have lost their last eight road games in a row, will be desperate to reverse that trend.
Individual Goal Scorers
Look no further than Sebastian Giovinco to continue his fine scoring run. At 30 years old, the Italian icon is showing no signs of slowing down and he has bagged nine goals in 15 league games so far this term. Whilst his actual scoring record isn’t as good as it has been in recent years, Giovinco is still worth backing to open the scoring whenever Toronto take to the field.
However, if you feel that the odds on Giovinco aren’t tempting enough then strike partner Jozy Altidore is always a good shout. Altidore is one of Toronto’s big names but his impact is often overlooked next to Giovinco. At a decent price, keep the former Sunderland star in mind at the very least.
For the visitors, it is a bit more of a lottery. 18 year old defender Marlon Hairston has scored three goals so far this campaign and sits third on Colorado’s top goalscorer list in MLS games – a statistic that tells you a lot about their struggles in front of goal. If we had to pick one particular player, it would be former Reading striker Kevin Doyle.
Doyle has scored four league goals this term and he will be desperate to add to that tally in the coming weeks. Colorado aren’t exactly spoilt for choice in attacking areas and one of the strikers needs to take their opportunity by the scruff of the neck. Right now, Doyle is getting into the team on reputation alone – and a goal here would help ease the pressure on his shoulders.
Other Side Bets
Our best bet for this encounter is Toronto to win without conceding a goal. More often than not, you would expect the Canadian outfit to concede at least once but they shouldn’t have too many issues against Colorado. At 6/4 with Betway, they are a very tempting price when you consider the gulf in class between the two sides and Toronto might be in for a fairly comfortable evening.
Having said that, this isn’t going to be one way traffic from start to finish. The Canadian side will control proceedings but dreams of a five goal thrashing may be short lived. Toronto may go on to win by a couple of goals but a wider margin of victory looks unlikely. Under 3.5 goals in the game is available at 6/13 with 888Sport and that is one of our top tips ahead of Saturday’s clash at BMO Field.
- Toronto to win to nil @ 6/4 with Betway
- Under 3.5 goals @ 6/13 with 888Sport