Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew: Canadian Side to Emerge Victorious

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Well, the first leg was a bit of a damp squib wasn’t it? Toronto FC were the happier side to come away with a goalless draw in the opening fixture of the double header but it would be foolish to write Columbus Crew off just yet. The Conference finals tend to throw up the odd surprise here and there and Toronto will be wary of a potential upset.

Gregg Berhalter’s men have struggled to inspire confidence in recent weeks but that 4-1 win against Atlanta United shows how dangerous they can be. Columbus Crew were worth their weight in salt during the first leg but winning at BMO Field is going to be difficult. Only time will tell but Toronto look well placed to advance to the Major League Soccer Cup.

Everything is on the line and for Columbus Crew, they have nothing to lose. Most soccer fans are expecting Toronto to emerge victorious on Thursday evening and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the hosts run riot. It won’t be easy but this is the postseason and Greg Vanney’s side should have too much class for their opponents on home soil.

Match Odds

Sebastian Giovinco

Unsurprisingly, Toronto are clear favourites at 8/11 to win in 90 minutes. Vanney’s men are on the verge of rewriting the history books once again and a Canadian victory on Thursday is expected by most. 888Sport customers will be keen to take those odds – especially as they are likely to shorten in the coming days.

The draw is also backable at 3/1 with William Hill. After a tight encounter in the first leg, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see this contest follow a similar pattern. Going for a Toronto victory would be understandable of course but this Columbus Crew unit are made of stern stuff and they won’t take kindly to early suggestions that Toronto can cruise to victory.

With that in mind, you should also look at their odds ahead of Thursday’s titanic clash. At the time of writing, Bet365 punters can get 9/2 for an away triumph and they are certainly worth a second glance at that price. Yes, they are underdogs but they are capable of beating the best in the business with a bit of luck. That is a very generous figure.

Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets

It is hard to take too much away from the goalless first leg but Sebastian Giovinco will be as dangerous as ever – it may be worth backing the little Italian to work some more magic in front of his adoring supporters at BMO Field. Giovinco is second only to Columbus Crew star Kei Kamara in the goal scoring charts this season and Toronto’s main man is a good shot to fire his side to the MLS Cup series.

Under 3.5 goals was tipped last time out and that was a comfortable winner – as was the riskier under 2.5 goals at 21/20. This time, we’re going to go with the same betting line for the return leg. Under 2.5 goals, currently valued at 11/10 with Betway, is arguably the pick of the betting markets ahead of this clash given just how fiercely competitive the first leg turned out to be.

Opting for a correct score market might be worth a punt here. Draw backers will be tempted by a repeat of the first leg at 10/1 with Winner Sports but the 15/2 available for Toronto to win by two goals to nil is solid. An early goal could settle a few nerves and the Canadian side may exploit their opponents on the break.

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