MLS Eastern Conference leaders Toronto host fourth placed Philadelphia Union on Saturday with Toronto knowing that a win is required to be assured of staying at the top of the table. They are only two points clear of New York Red Bulls, who held them to a thrilling 3-3 draw last time around. The U have been in indifferent form of late, failing to win in their last three games – a spell which has included two defeats. Their last game was a 2-1 loss to Western Conference side Portland Timbers, so they have plenty of work to do if they are to continue their pursuit of an MLS Cup Playoff place.
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Tips
Toronto will of course be favourites for this match! Betting odds are available at 4/5 on them seeing off The U. They have only lost twice at home all season, while Philadelphia have only won three games on the road.
They will likely have enough for a goal or two, but if focus is to be put on the back line as we would bet then perhaps have a go at under 2.5 goals in this game, which is 13/10.
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Betting Tips: Winner
Toronto will of course be favourites for this match, with betting odds available at 4/5 on them seeing off The U. They have only lost twice at home all season, while Philadelphia have only won three games on the road.
Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has been on fire, scoring seven goals in his last seven games including two in the draw with Red Bulls, and of course Sebastian Giovinco has had a great season with 16 goals to his name. Our predictions can’t really see any other result than a Toronto win, despite Philadelphia Union’s inevitable resistance.
Predictions: Total Goals Over / Under
As previously mentioned, Toronto possess plenty of firepower, but we can see this one being slightly lower scoring. Toronto need to pay attention to their defence against Philadelphia. They will likely have enough for a goal or two, but if focus is to be put on the back line as we would bet then perhaps have a go at under 2.5 goals in this game, which is 13/10.
Football tips: Players To Watch
Altidore and Giovinco are of course players who need particular attention from the opposition if they are to be kept quiet, but also keep a close eye on Marky Delgado and Justin Morrow. They have picked up five yellow cards each this season and will have to keep their discipline in check to avoid putting Toronto in danger by losing bodies on the park.
For Philadelphia, Chris Pontius is a nuisance for opposing defenders. He has managed 62 shots this season, with 32 of them being on target. He has also bagged 11 goals to boot, largely thanks to the service provided by the likes of Fabian Herbers and Sebastien Le Toux. On the discipline front, Brian Carroll, Fabinho and Tranquillo Barnetta have six yellows each.