It is crunch time for Toronto FC and DC United. With a place in the Conference semi-finals at stake, both teams will be fired up and ready to go ahead of Saturday evening’s contest. Can the Canadian side get the job done or will DC United prevail at BMO Field?
Greg Vanney’s men have found their feet in the second half of the 2019 campaign; Toronto have lost just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions. And when it comes to Major League Soccer, they are unbeaten in their previous 10 fixtures.
With that in mind, the 3/4 available with Betway for Toronto to prevail is tempting. Plenty of punters will fancy the Canadian outfit to prevail after their resurgence in recent months but it is never that easy in the playoffs – this one could go either way.
By the same token, D.C. United are also building momentum. The visitors are on a five-game unbeaten run and that run may be enough to convince punters to side with the visitors. Wayne Rooney is likely to return this weekend and he could give United the edge.
According to the latest MLS odds, D.C. United are available at 5/1 with Betfred – a solid price if you fancy an upset. Four of the last five meetings between the two sides have finished all square and bettors will not be ignoring the draw in 90 minutes markets.
Event Date: October 20, 2019
Toronto Destined To Advance To The Next Round?
It is do or die time for Vanney’s side now and the Toronto head coach will be demanding a top performance this weekend. Victory is the only option for Toronto and the BMO Field crowd will be expecting their team to get the job done.
It won’t be easy but Toronto should prove too strong if everything goes to plan. Their form at home has been rock solid all season but there wasn’t much to split the two teams in the regular season standings. In fact, just one goal separated the teams on goal difference.
The 8/13 available with Coral for Toronto to score in the first half could the way to go. The opening goal of any MLS playoff fixture is important and it could see the floodgates open for Toronto here. A fast start could be the difference between success and failure.
Don’t Write D.C. United Off Just Yet…
Taking the visitors for granted would be foolish – the two teams are well matched on paper and we could see D.C. United spring a shock at BMO Field. If Rooney plays well, the visitors have a real chance of snatching a confidence-boosting victory.
With so much at stake, D.C. United will want to try and frustrate Toronto in the early stages of the clash. Punters may be tempted to take the 5/2 available for a goalless first half – that scoreline would certainly suit D.C. United more than Toronto.
Toronto tick all the right boxes to enjoy a successful run in the Major League Soccer playoffs this year and we’ll stick with Vanney’s side in this encounter. It won’t be easy but Toronto are the more complete team and that could be the key to success on Saturday evening.
Most league games are high-scoring but the playoffs are usually cagey and it might not be the most entertaining fixture of the campaign. Under 3.5 goals is priced at a very appealing 8/15 with Coral and that offers punters plenty of value for accumulator bets.
TIP: Under 3.5 goals 8/15 with Coral)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto 1-0 D.C. United (17/2 with Betway)