Incredibly, Toronto FC are still mathematically in with a chance of snagging a playoff berth this year. Greg Vanney’s side have underperformed for most of the 2018 campaign but a run of three successive victories to end the regular season might be enough for Toronto to sneak into the MLS Cup race. The 2017 champions have struggled to live up to the hype this year though and another uninspiring result would sum up their whole campaign.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps have a much more realistic chance of securing one of Major League Soccer’s coveted postseason spots. The Western Conference is tight, with just eight points separating fourth spot and eighth position. Vancouver will probably need to pick up seven points from the nine on offer and that is what makes this such an intriguing contest; it really is do or die time for both teams.
Toronto secured a 7-4 aggregate victory over the Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship earlier this season and most omens point towards a home win. Three points is an absolute must for Toronto if they are to stand any chance of sneaking into the postseason; and even then their chances are slim.
Vanney’s men are red hot favourites to emerge victorious on home soil – Betway are going 4/7 for Toronto to pick up three points. BMO Field was a fortress in 2017 and Toronto will want to put on a show for their ardent supporters. This could be the ideal opportunity for the hosts to restore some pride after a disappointing 2018 season.
A share of the spoils is currently valued at 7/2 with William Hill and plenty of punters out there will fancy the draw. In all honesty, a point doesn’t really suit either side so both teams are likely to go all out for the win but fatigue could play its part in the closing stages. Being realistic, both Canadian sides are likely to miss out on the playoffs and fans will be hoping for an exciting game of football over anything else.
Vancouver have lost three Major League Soccer games on the spin and that might be why bookmakers have opened with the Whitecaps at 5/1 to claim three points at BMO Field. If nothing else, Vancouver could profit from Toronto’s gung-ho approach; the hosts are likely to go heavy in the final third in a bid to entertain their supporters. The Whitecaps could prosper if they defend well from start to finish…
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Let’s go for goals this weekend. As previously mentioned, both teams will be looking to put on a show and the 11/10 available with 10Bet for four or more goals could be the best option. Toronto will know that they aren’t going to feature in the MLS Cup playoffs this year but that shouldn’t stop the defending champions from going all out for the win. Goals will be the order of the day, especially as Vancouver have to come out and attack in a bid to sneak into the top six in the Western Conference.
Here’s hoping for an entertaining encounter at BMO Field. Toronto have underwhelmed for large parts of the 2018 season so they are due a big performance on home turf. Meanwhile, Vancouver are likely to push for goals throughout – only a positive result will keep the road side in contention for a playoff berth. Watch this space, this could end up developing into one of the games of the weekend.
TIP: Over 3.5 goals (Priced at 11/10 with 10Bet)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (Priced at 25/1 with 888sport)