On the face of it, an exciting encounter awaits at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this weekend. The hosts have been blowing their Major League Soccer rivals away in recent weeks and another home triumph could be on the cards. Atlanta are blossoming into an elite franchise and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Gerardo Martino’s side produce an entertaining effort in front of their own supporters.
Meanwhile, Toronto have been the class act in Major League Soccer for the most part of the season – Greg Vanney will be quietly confident of leading his troops to the latter stages of the playoffs, if not the MLS Cup. Based on their performances earlier in the campaign, the Canadian side deserve to go far.
Atlanta will head into this one as favourites – which may come as some sort of a surprise to most given Toronto’s dominance in the Eastern Conference. With one regular season game remaining, the Canadian outfit are 14 points clear of Atlanta and Martino’s men may reduce the deficit to 11 points by the end of the weekend. At 21/20 with 10Bet, United are worth a second glance.
The draw is currently available at 51/20 with Winner Sports and plenty of punters will fancy a share of the spoils here. In Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, nobody has drawn more games than Atlanta (9) – the 51/20 has lots of appeal. Toronto have won four of their last six MLS encounters but this will be their toughest test yet.
Vanney’s side are 23/10 for the win with Bet365 and if this fixture was taking place around two months ago, Toronto would potentially head into the contest as favourites. Instead, the Canadian side are outsiders; but that may suit them. The MLS leaders will want to use this clash as an opportunity to build momentum ahead of the gruelling postseason.
Individual Goal Scorers
888Sport are offering an industry-best price of 6/1 for Sebastian Giovinco to bag the opener this weekend. The Italian is one of the most talented players in Major League Soccer and he has scored 22 goals so far this campaign; two fewer than leading scorer Kei Kamara. When fully fit, he is capable of turning a game on its head – Toronto will need him to be at the peak of his powers during the playoffs.
Looking for a goalscorer during 90 minutes? Look no further than Josef Martinez. The United man has been in supreme form as of late and punters looking to bet on an anytime goal can find him priced at 11/8 with Bet365. Watch this space, he will certainly see a few chances fall his way.
Other Side Bets
The double chance market carries some appeal too – Toronto are currently priced at 3/4 to win OR draw with 888sport. With Giovinco back in fine form, the Canadian side look certain to compete for glory this year; it would take a brave man to go against Toronto. Atlanta are simply sublime right now but the visitors will be determined to pick up a positive result. A close encounter is expected.
Furthermore, the ‘under’ line is well priced at 8/11 for under 3.5 goals with Betway. It may seem foolish to expect a low scoring affair given the attacking talent on show but there is a distinct possibility that both sides will cancel each other out. With that in mind, the ‘under’ line is arguably where the value is at.
- Match to be drawn @ 51/20 with Winner Sports
- Toronto to win OR draw @ 3/4 with 888sport
- Under 3.5 goals @ 8/11 with Betway