It is finally official: Toronto have qualified for the 2019 Major League Soccer playoffs and the Canadian side will be dreaming of MLS Cup glory. Greg Vanney will have his players fired up for the postseason but Toronto won’t be getting ahead of themselves just yet.
With one regular season fixture remaining, Toronto could climb up to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings should results go their way. Finishing as high as possible will help the 2017 MLS Cup winners as they enter the postseason.
Meanwhile, Columbus failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in the previous six years. After a very inconsistent campaign, Columbus find themselves down in 10th place but the visitors could finish as high as eighth if they claim three points this weekend.
Columbus are solid enough defensively but they have struggled to consistently score goals throughout 2019. In fact, FC Cincinnati (31) are the only team in the Conference to score fewer goals than Columbus (39) and that is arguably the main reason for their shortcomings.
Event Date: October 6, 2019
Should Toronto Rest Players Or Maintain Momentum?
Vanney has a big decision on his hands. The Toronto boss will be considering resting some of the club’s influential players in order to avoid injuries but staying sharp and 100% match fit is probably more important. The head coach is in a very difficult position…
With fourth place still very much up for grabs, most Toronto fans will be expecting Vanney to go with a full strength team. Securing the best regular season finish possible is key but a convincing triumph should also inject enthusiasm and confidence into the team.
The 7/5 available with 888sport for Toronto to score three or more goals is tempting. Plenty of Canadian soccer supporters will be backing Vanney’s side to go all the way this year and a dominant performance will send shockwaves across the league ahead of the playoffs.
What To Expect From Columbus In 2020?
Columbus will need to make start moves in the offseason to stand any chance of climbing up the Eastern Conference ladder next year. The Crew have been a pillar of inconsistency this campaign and supporters will be demanding a significant improvement from their side.
However, the visitors have absolutely nothing to lose here and that makes them dangerous opponents for Toronto this weekend. With all of the pressure on the Canadian side, it could be the perfect situation for Columbus to send out a statement of intent on the big stage.
Punters should consider taking the 28/17 with SportingBet for Columbus to win OR draw at BMO Field. Toronto will be very wary of Columbus stepping up and producing one of their best performances of the season – with the pressure off, Columbus could hit top form.
Back against Toronto at your peril. With the regular season records strongly point towards a win for the hosts, it may prove prudent to side with Vanney’s men this weekend.
Building momentum ahead of the playoffs is extremely important and finishing fourth will give the Canadian side a real lift ahead of the postseason.
Even if results don’t go their way, a positive performance ahead of the final regular season game will sit well with Vanney and the Toronto fans.
After all, their playoff berth is secure and that is the main thing. The 7/4 available for Toronto to win and both teams to score is the way to go ahead of what could be an unpredictable contest.
TIP: Toronto to win and both teams to score (7/4 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto 3-1 Columbus Crew (10/1 with 888sport)