Toronto have been a class above their Eastern Conference rivals this season, securing their spot in the playoffs a few weeks ago. Greg Vanney’s men are the dominant force in Major League Soccer right now and they currently sit seven points clear of New York City FC, who currently occupy second place in the division. Only time will tell whether the Canadian side can go on to win the MLS Cup or not.
On the other hand, the visitors have been very disappointing this campaign and the New York Red Bulls are in danger of missing out on the playoffs. Jesse Marsch’s side are sixth in the East and it would take a brave man to back the Red Bulls on current form – they’ve now gone seven MLS fixtures without a win. The visitors have been very poor indeed in recent months and another defeat looks likely this weekend.
Once again, Toronto head into a Major League Soccer fixture as overwhelming favourites – the hosts are currently priced at 8/13 with Bet365. However, it is easy to see just why the Canadian side are so short in the betting market. Toronto have lost their last two games but prior to that, they had won 14 of their 15 home matches this campaign; a run that stretched all the way back to April.
However, their recent woes may be down to complacency and that could put punters off. It is always difficult to maintain momentum when you know that you have already qualified for the postseason and Toronto may not be at full throttle this weekend. With that in mind, opting for the draw, valued at 57/17 with 888sport, might be the best option.
Or perhaps you fancy a shock Red Bulls away win? It doesn’t look likely given their struggles in recent months but Toronto’s home woes may tempt bettors to go with the upset. Winner Sports are currently offering 19/4 on a New York triumph here and stranger things have happened in the past.
Individual Goal Scorer
A difficult one to call until we’ve seen the team sheets. The usual suspects, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, would feature of course but Toronto may decide to mix things up ahead of the postseason. Tosaint Ricketts, currently a 11/10 shot with 10Bet to score during 90 minutes, might be the best pick for the home side.
For the visitors, Bradley Wright-Phillips is usually a fairly safe wager. He hasn’t been at his best this campaign but he could be ready to make a statement on the big stage. At 11/8 to bag at any time, he is well worth a second look in the market.
Other Side Bets
Over 3.5 goals might be the way to go here. When both teams are at their scintillating best, sparks can fly and this has all the makings of an entertaining game of football. Neither side has hit top form in recent times but this should still be an open and expansive contest. The best value about is probably 6/5 with Betway on four or more goals; and that looks likely with so much attacking talent on the field.
For those risk takers out there, Toronto to be winning at both half-time and full-time is also worth a look at 7/5 with Bet365. The Canadian side have struggled to inspire confidence in recent weeks but Vanney will be determined to send out a statement of intent, to his fans if nothing else. Toronto are in with a real chance of winning the MLS Cup and they won’t take their eyes off the ultimate prize.
- Toronto to win @ 8/13 with Bet365
- Over 3.5 goals @ 6/5 with Betway
- Tosaint Ricketts to score anytime @ 11/10 with 10Bet