Toronto FC Preview
Both teams were involved in surprise results at the weekend. Everyone expected Toronto to easily beat Vancouver but they suffered a 3-4 reverse at home! TFC kicked off that match as a -1.25 asian handicap favourite, so that demonstrates how much of a shock their loss was. It’s difficult to explain what happened. The Canadian side have been renowned for having such a solid defence this season but they made so many poor errors. Perhaps being at home didn’t help them. Most of their fixtures have been on the road this year, so maybe adapting back to a home encounter gave them difficulties.
New York City FC Preview
Few people expected New York City to go and beat Portland at Providence Park, but that’s exactly what they did! NYC had to ride out a massive storm in the first half but managed to score two excellent goals to see them over the line. Patrick Vieira’s men went through an extremely sticky patch but have since won three matches in a row. This will be their third road game in a week which isn’t ideal, but the team should be confident and believe it can get the job done away from home. When you have guys like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo in your ranks then respect is always commanded. Villa was once again clinical at the weekend and some of Pirlo’s passing was absolutely delicious.
Conclusion & Betting analysis
Toronto FC miss striker Jozy Altidore, but this might not be a bad thing. His form this season hasn’t been great and ‘Dozy’ was disappointing before injuring himself at the weekend, missing a penalty in the process. NYCFC have few injury concerns and no fresh worries. Toronto have been a strong under team this season but perhaps moving back home will open them up more. That certainly seemed to be the case at the weekend anyway. Many will see this match as Sebastian Giovinco vs David Villa, and in many ways that’s correct. These are the two best players in MLS and it’s difficult to see either lacking for motivation tonight. I think goals are likely and over 2.75 looks like a good bet. I don’t see it being a tight encounter and there’s too much quality at both ends of the field for there not to be at least three goals. For those who prefer a better better odds then over 3.0 @ over evens is fine to take as well.
Recommended bet: Over 2.75 goals @ 1.78