Toronto FC are flying high near the top of the Major League Soccer ladder after a strong start to the 2019 campaign. Greg Vanney’s men are third in the Eastern Conference standings after collecting 14 points from their opening six games of the season. On current form, it would take a brave man to back against the Canadian side in the MLS Cup race…
Sebastian Giovinco’s departure has helped to reignite some life back into Toronto and they are playing some scintillating football. Another victory here will cement their status as one of the principal challengers in the East – 11/1 for Toronto to win soccer’s ultimate prize may turn out to be a huge price with Betway.
Over in the Western Conference, Portland are struggling. With just one win in their opening seven games of the 2019 season, the Timbers are in real need of a confidence boost and a victory here could be the catalyst for success. Write Portland off at your peril; they remain a solid soccer team despite their precarious position.
The Timbers showed their class in the 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew in their most recent MLS fixture and that makes this one a slightly harder one to call. Despite that success, the momentum is with Toronto and plenty of punters will be keen to side with the hosts in front of an expectant BMO Field.
Event Date: April 27, 2019
Toronto Are Back And Ready To Challenge
It would be foolish to back against the Canadian side here – and in their pursuit of MLS Cup glory this season. Currently leading the way in the East in terms of goals scored (18), the hosts have been prolific in front of goal and another high-scoring affair looks likely this week. The 11/8 with Betvictor for over 2.5 Toronto goals should be snapped up.
Vanney will be demanding a fast start from his side in order to combat Portland’s threat on the counter attack. If the score remains level for too long, the visitors will gain confidence and could nick a result. Punters may be tempted by the 11/10 available with 888sport for Toronto to take a lead into half-time…
Portland Set For Difficult Campaign
The Timbers were expected to challenge near the top of the Western Conference and alarm bells will be ringing after a poor start to 2019. Portland have been there or thereabouts in each of the last few years and their current form will be cause for concern to supporters. It could be a season to forget for the Timbers fan base at this rate.
Keeping things tight will be of paramount importance for the visitors this weekend. An early goal for Toronto could see the floodgates open and Portland will attempt to frustrate their opponents from start to finish. They have the capacity to score goals and that brings the 8/11 for both teams to score into play. This one might not be as one-sided as some are expecting…
This is a tough one to predict but Toronto are the form side and opting for a home win may prove prudent. Vanney’s men have been simply sublime for most of the 2019 campaign and another positive result beckons here. Portland could spring a shock but most signs point to a Toronto triumph.
Our bet of the day is for Toronto to lead at half-time. With the Canadian outfit scoring more goals than anyone else in the East, their offensive prowess should make the difference in this contest.
TIP: Toronto FC to win the first half (11/10)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 2-1 Portland Timbers