Toronto fans, we have some good news and we have some bad news. The good news is: your team are finally starting to look dangerous in attack. Greg Vanney’s men struggled to inspire confidence in the final third earlier this season but Toronto have now scored 13 goals in their last six Major League Soccer games – an impressive return to say the least.
The bad news? Despite their return to attacking form, Vanney’s side have won just one of those six encounters. Toronto have shipped 14 goals during that timeframe; including four in the midweek defeat to Minnesota United this week. A postseason berth is becoming more of a dream than it is a realistic target in 2018.
Their opponents this weekend are in red hot form on home soil and it would take a brave man to back against Sporting Kansas City in this fixture. Undefeated in nine home fixtures, Sporting KC have scored 23 goals whilst conceding just nine. Peter Vermes will be expecting a return to form after back-to-back road defeats against Montreal Impact and Real Salt Lake respectively.
Unsurprisingly, Sporting KC will be well fancied to prevail – and understandably so given their recent record at Children’s Mercy Park. An interesting fact to remember ahead of this one; Sporting are unbeaten in their previous eight home games against Toronto. With seven wins in those fixtures, it may be worth backing against the Canadian outfit this weekend.
Having said that, Toronto will try to snatch at least a point and the draw is well and truly in play for this clash. Sporting KC, currently second in the Western Conference, have been involved in five draws already this season whilst Toronto have took a share of the spoils in four fixtures of their own. A close encounter could be on the cards if the visitors find their best form.
Fancy a memorable victory for the away side? Toronto are the rank outsiders to claim three points in this clash. Vanney’s men have won just one of their previous nine Major League Soccer road games and their statistics line makes ugly reading for Canadian sports fans. This one could get ugly for the visitors if Sporting KC go for the jugular.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
Sporting KC youngster Daniel Salloi would have been the ideal pick here but the 21-year-old was sent off in Wednesday’s defeat to Real Salt Lake. With four goals in his last four games, he is Sporting KC’s man in form and the hosts may miss him here. Instead, the onus may be on Chilean Diego Rubio to make the breakthrough. The 25-year-old has scored in each of his previous two home fixtures and looks a decent bet ahead of this contest…
Looking at the over/under line for goals? Don’t even consider over 2.5, go higher. Over 3.5 goals could be the way to go with these two teams – this has the potential to explode into chaos. The selection has landed in four of Toronto’s last nine matches whilst also winning in four of Sporting KC’s previous seven league games. Keep an eye on this market ahead of this weekend’s fixture.
Toronto continue to show glimpses of quality but they are still far from assured defensively and it is very hard to side with them at this moment in time. Sporting KC are the better side and another three points beckons for the Western Conference outfit. This could be one of the weekend’s most entertaining fixtures so sit back, relax and enjoy!
TIP: Over 3.5 goals
CORRECT SCORE: Sporting KC 3-1 Toronto FC