Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union: Struggling Hosts To Bounce Back?

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It hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Toronto FC this year, has it? The 2017 MLS Cup winners are currently rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and some punters may be ruing their decision to back Greg Vanney’s men to defend their crown this season. However, it is still very early days; the 2018 campaign is just six games old. Toronto have enough time to turn things around at BMO Field.

Meanwhile, the visitors are having struggles of their own. Sitting in eighth spot after a hit-and-miss start to the new campaign, Philadelphia are in desperate need of a confidence boosting win. The Union have scored just six goals in seven Major League Soccer games and this could get ugly if Toronto find their best form. Vanney’s side will be looking to send out a statement of intent after their slow start to 2018.

Match Odds

At the time of writing, William Hill are as short as 4/7 for Toronto to pick up three points in this fixture. Home form will be key to their resurgence and Vanney will be demanding an improved performance this weekend. Pressure is starting to grow and the Canadian fans are unhappy with Toronto’s current league position. A win here will calm a few nerves after just one win in six Major League Soccer fixtures thus far.

With both teams struggling for form, the draw is in play. Would Toronto settle for a draw on home soil? Highly unlikely. Philadelphia would though. If the Union stand strong at the back, 10/3 with 888sport for a share of the spoils could turn out to be a huge price. You wouldn’t write it off at this moment in time; an early goal for the visitors will encourage Philadelphia to sit deep and counter.

Fancy a shock on Canadian soil? Philadelphia are out at 5/1 to emerge victorious and stranger things have happened. There will be a few Union supporters who are tempted at that price. Their away form in recent Major League Soccer seasons has been shoddy at best but you cannot write them off with Toronto in disarray.

Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets

Sebastian Giovinco

Sebastian Giovinco has failed to score in his four Major League Soccer appearances so far in 2018 and Toronto fans will be hoping that he can end that barren run this weekend. Plenty of punters will be looking to take advantage of the slightly longer odds available for Giovinco to notch a goal; his MLS record is sensational. The former Italy international will be the one to watch for Toronto here.

The under/over market is also worth considering. Over 2.5 goals is currently available at 4/7 with Betway and that is very appealing indeed. Both teams have failed to inspire confidence in front of goal this season but a high scoring affair looks likely – Toronto have the capacity to run riot if they take an early lead. Meanwhile, Philadelphia should also cause the home side problems; it could be an entertaining contest.

Looking at the correct score markets, a 2-1 victory in favour of Toronto may be the way to go. Currently out at 7/1 with 10Bet, punters may be tempted to side with the Canadian outfit in this contest. It looks set to be a fierce affair and home advantage could come into it. Backing against the defending champions, despite their early season woes, would be a strange choice – this team will turn things around at some point in the near future.

Best Bets:

  • Over 2.5 Goals at 4/7 with Betway
  • Correct Score of Toronto 2 Philadelphia 1 at 7/1 with 10Bet