They may not have enjoyed the perfect start to the new campaign, but Toronto FC remain second favourites to win the MLS Cup in 2017 and will be looking for their first win when they travel to Philadelphia on Saturday.
A 0-0 tie with Real Salt Lake in week 1 gives us few indicators into the Reds’ roster for the new season and with another away fixture looming this week, the market is tight ahead of the game.
With around 48 hours to go until kick off, Union lead the way with a price of 8/5 with Winner Sports and 10Bet. The tie is listed at 11/5 with Bet365 while a win for Toronto comes in at 13/8 with Bet365 again.
At this stage of any campaign, fixtures are hard enough to call and this is an even match up but one look at the outright MLS markets underlines the gap in quality between the sides. Toronto are second favourites for the Cup at 13/2 with Bet365 and William Hill while Philadelphia is out at 50/1 with the very same bookmakers. An indication perhaps that there is value in backing the away side but who are the men who will win this for them?
Individual Goal Scorers
Like the rest of the Toronto roster, Sebastian Giovinco drew a blank in week 1 but the Italian is favourite to open the scoring this Saturday at 4/1 with Bet365. Giovinco is averaging more than one strike in every two matches in MLS but will that figure be too short, away from home?
The tight nature of the result betting is reflected here too with Union and Reds players mixing it up in the goal scorer markets. C J Sapong follows Giovinco as second favourite, listed at 6/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring.
Remember, that like their opponents, Philadelphia has no early indicators for this game, having drawn by that same 0-0 scoreline at Vancouver last weekend. So, it’s another tough call but there is some value as we move down the list.
Toronto’s Jozy Altidore is also on offer at 6/1 with Bet365 but how about team mate Armando Cooper, down at 12/1 with Bet365? Reds Fans will remember that goal against Impact last season and a bet in the anytime markets at 4/1 with Bet365 would bring a good return.
Other Side Markets
Results from last weekend might hint at a very low scoring game on Saturday and with both tied at 0-0 last time out, no goalscorer at 10/1 might be tempting. That’s not an option for us but under the 2.5 goal line does look a better pick at a decent 19/20 with 10Bet.
It’s perhaps best not to mention goalless draws in front of Toronto fans. 2017’s campaign ended where 2016 left off after that heart-breaking loss on penalties to Seattle in last year’s MLS Cup Final.
We’re not necessarily expecting that but there were signs in that game against Philadelphia that the Reds were shy up front and it’s obvious that some pundits will say that that loss in 2016 will affect them this time around.
It could well be another low-key affair when the teams meet at the Talen Energy Stadium this weekend but Toronto have the quality to edge it on the night and hopefully the three points will be the start they need to embark on another productive MLS season.
- Toronto to win at 13/8 with Bet365
- Armando Cooper to score anytime at 4/1 with Bet365
- Under 2.5 goals at 19/20 with 10Bet