The Vancouver Whitecaps have struggled to build momentum during the early stages of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. At the time of writing, the Canadian side are languishing down in ninth position in the Western Conference after winning just four of their 15 league games this year. It is hard to put too much faith in the Whitecaps right now…
After a slow start to the campaign, Vancouver have turned their home form around though – one of the few positives that Marc dos Santos’ side can take so far this year. The Whitecaps have lost just one of their previous five home fixtures and that record might be enough to tempt punters to take the 5/4 available with Ladbrokes for a Vancouver win.
Toronto’s recent slump is alarming and Greg Vanney’s position as head coach is well and truly under threat. Many believe that he was lucky to keep his job after Toronto’s miserable 2018 campaign and a run of five games without victory is not going to help his chances of keeping the job in the long term.
The visitors have now dropped down to eighth in the Eastern Conference after a strong start to 2019 and you won’t find many soccer fans backing Toronto at this moment in time. That 2-1 defeat at home to San Jose Earthquakes last time out was particularly disappointing and 21/10 for the road team to get back to winning ways isn’t quite high enough.
Looking back at previous meetings between these two sides, it is difficult to split Toronto and Vancouver. Vanney’s men won at the Whitecaps last season and that may give punters some hope of a repeat result this time around. Both teams to score, a winning tip in the last encounter, at 8/15 with Betway is the more appealing betting option.
Date: June 1, 2019
Vancouver Set For ANOTHER Playoff-Less Season?
The Whitecaps have finished inside the top eight of the Major League Soccer regular season ladder just once in the last seven years – a statistic that tells you everything you need to know about their progress. To be fair, Vancouver did manage to reach the Conference semi-finals last year but Whitecaps fans have been starved of success on the whole.
Toronto are there for the taking and 10/11 with Betfred for the Whitecaps to score two or more goals looks like great value. Given their resurgence on home soil in recent weeks, the hosts can extend their good run of form against one of the leakiest defences in the MLS.
Where Do Toronto Go From Here?
Wholesale changes are expected at BMO Field if Toronto fail to make the playoffs. Vanney has been given enough opportunities to take the team forward and Toronto cannot afford to live in the past. If they are serious about challenging for the MLS Cup again, they need a major shift in style and system.
With Sebastian Giovinco now gone, the onus is on Jozy Altidore to lead the line. The Toronto star has failed to inspire confidence on a regular basis and it would be foolish to expect him to go and score 20+ league goals this campaign. 7/4 for Altidore to score with 888sport is a decent price though despite his inconsistent form.
Back against Vancouver at your peril. The Whitecaps have found a new lease of life on home turf in recent weeks and another victory beckons here. For Toronto, the writing is already on the wall for another disappointing campaign.
TIP: Vancouver to win (5/4 with Ladbrokes)
CORRECT SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Toronto FC (8/1 with 888sport)