In tonight’s MLS fixture, we will see Toronto FC hosting Philadelphia Union at BMO Field in hopes to improve their terrible record this season (1-1-4). On the other side, Philadelphia are not in a much better place compared to the hosts, with their 2-2-3 record.
Toronto FC are heading into this match with some concerns regarding their injury list. Both Moor, as well as Altidore, are sidelined, whereas the appearance of Mavinga, Zavaleta, and Morrow are still questionable. Toronto FC has not started this year’s campaign as they would have wanted. At the moment, they are sitting at the last spot in the East with 6 games behind them. Up until now, Toronto won only 1 game, against Salt Lake City (3:1) and drew one against Chicago Fire (2:2), whereas they lost 4. The main concern for Toronto ahead of this match is their low morale as well as injury list, which will mainly affect their defence. On the bright side, Giovinco has been playing well in recent games, possessing excellent movement on the pitch. He is not afraid to go deep and get involved in the build-up.
Philadelphia Union will come into this match without Marquez, with Fabinho still being questionable. Despite the fact, Philadelphia managed to perform slightly better than their opponents thus far, they are terrible in away games, as they failed to win in the last 14 away games played, which is a huge concern for this club. Looking at Philadelphia last game, they managed to score 3 goals (3:2), which shows they do boast a decent attack, however, much like Toronto they do not perform as well in defence, conceding 7 goals in the last 3 games.
Verdict & Predictions
Keeping in mind, both teams struggle in defence we could see this match ending as a high scoring one, with over 3 goals, however, we won’t be predicting that. Toronto has underperformed thus far and needs to improve their performances fast. They can be happy going into their next 5 games as, they will play 4 out of those 5 at home where they tend to play better. Add the fact that Philadelphia hasn’t won an away game in 14 matches, this gives Toronto an upper-hand and a great chance to start climbing the table.
Prediction: Toronto FC -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.93 Pinnacle