Toronto are heading in the right direction after a slow start to the 2019 Major League Soccer campaign. Greg Vanney’s side have lost just four of their last 12 matches in all competitions and plenty of punters will be backing the hosts to claim three points here. On current form, you’d be hard pressed to write Toronto off ahead of what looks like a winnable encounter.
Currently languishing down in eighth position in the Eastern Conference standings, Toronto have been hit and miss this year – and that has been their downfall in recent seasons. At the time of writing, punters can back the Canadian outfit at 1/2 to emerge victorious but that is a risky price considering Toronto’s struggles throughout the 2019 campaign.
Orlando City are in a similar position ahead of this weekend’s game. Sitting a further three points behind Toronto, they could find themselves cast well adrift of the playoffs with a loss here. Incredibly, Orlando have won just three of their previous 26 Major League Soccer road games – a run that traces back to 2017.
With the underdogs valued at 11/2 with William Hill, there is value in backing Orlando City but winning in Toronto may be far-fetched. Instead, punters can still take advantage of the visitors to avoid defeat at a reasonable price. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the two teams ahead of this weekend’s crucial fixture.
Event Date: August 11, 2019
Win Keeps Toronto In Playoff Hunt
On paper, Toronto’s position is precarious at best but the Canadian outfit still stand a good chance of qualifying for the postseason. A win here could see Toronto climb up to sixth in the Eastern Conference table and Vanney’s men will believe that they can do it.
It isn’t going to be easy but Toronto are a value bet to win to nil this weekend. The 2/1 with Betvictor is an exceptional price for a clean sheet victory in favour of the hosts and Toronto could shut up shop if they take the lead. As a spectacle, this probably won’t be one of the games of the 2019 season…
With just one home defeat in their last five Major League Soccer games, Toronto have been building momentum at BMO Field. Expect the hosts to pile on the pressure during the early exchanges and an opening goal for Toronto could see the floodgates open.
Is 2019 Over For Orlando City?
Based on the above logic, a win for Orlando just about keeps them in the postseason hunt – but that may be a little far-fetched. With so many teams in contention for the playoff spots, Orlando are going to need to embark on an unbeaten run at some stage in the near future.
Major League Soccer matches are often difficult to predict and Orlando supporters will be quietly confident of causing an upset here. The 8/5 available with Coral for Orlando to score in the first half deserves consideration if you fancy the visitors to spring a shock.
This could turn out to be a straightforward night’s work for Toronto. On paper, the Canadian outfit are much stronger than Orlando City and that could be reflected in the final score. The 2/1 available with Betvictor for Toronto to win to nil is simply too good to turn down…
Meanwhile, those looking for a correct score wager could consider the 6/1 on offer for a 2-0 win in favour of Toronto. An opening goal for the hosts will settle a few nerves and that may be enough to keep Orlando at bay.
TIP: Toronto to win to nil (2/1 with Betvictor)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 2-0 Orlando City (6/1 with Ladbrokes)