After a gruelling regular season and playoff campaign, the Major League Soccer Cup final is here. In a rematch of last year’s showpiece, the defending champions Seattle Sounders will take on Toronto FC in what could be a match for the ages.
Goals look an absolute certainty in this fixture and you won’t want to miss this one. So strap yourselves in, check out our top tips for the final match of the 2017 MLS campaign and watch what will hopefully turn out to be a very exciting and entertaining game of soccer.
Toronto Full Of Confidence
Toronto head into this fixture as the red hot favourites to prevail – and with good reason. At BMO Field, the Canadian outfit are more or less unstoppable and Greg Vanney’s men will be quietly confident of getting the job done on Saturday.
After all, Toronto did break a number of long-standing records during the regular campaign and their record against Seattle is very good. At the time of writing, the Canadian side are an industry best 5/6 with 10Bet to prevail inside the regulation period of 90 minutes.
Draw In Play With So Much At Stake
A draw and additional time will appeal to those who expect a cagey affair. Finals do bring an added level of pressure and, whilst most of these players have the experience to cope, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a few mistakes creeping in.
The share of the spoils is currently valued at 5/2 with bet365 and plenty of punters will be keeping a close eye on that market ahead of the contest. Picking an outright winner is tough considering it is a final and Seattle’s record in MLS Cup fixtures is exceptional.
Seattle Can Be the Cat Amongst The Pigeons
Or perhaps you fancy a shock Sounders success? The visitors (if you could call them that) are out at 4/1 to emerge victorious and they are well worth a punt at that price. Incredibly, they actually have the better form going into this one with five wins and a draw in their last six.
Seattle will need everything to go their way in order to defy the odds but finals are so often strange and unpredictable affairs. It would be foolish to write Brian Schmetzer’s side off in what could turn out to be an even contest.
Sebastian Giovinco to Make The Difference?
Cometh the hour, cometh the man.Giovinco, so often Toronto’s saviour on the big stage, is currently valued at 19/5 to open the scoring with 888sport and you’d have to fancy the Italy star to add another huge goal to his glittering array of strikes.
With an average rating of 7.42 from sports statistic site WhoScored, Giovinco is ranked as the best player on the pitch – something that most neutrals would agree with. If Toronto are to prevail, Giovinco will be influential and heavily involved throughout.
Don’t Expect Four or Five Goals
Both teams have solid attacking units but expecting a hatful of goals may be unwise. In this fixture, it is all about winning and viewers should prepare themselves for a fairly defensive clash. That doesn’t mean it won’t be an intriguing, tactical battle though.
The under 2.5 goals line is currently marked at 4/6 with Winner Sports and that may shorten further in the time between now and kick-off. Our advice? Take the price and run. A slender victory for either side looks most likely here.
- Toronto to win @ 5/6 with 10Bet
- Sebastian Giovinco to score first @ 19/5 with 888Sport
- Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6 with Winner Sports