With the 2019 Major League Soccer season now in full swing, Toronto FC are attempting to make amends for a very disappointing 2018 campaign. With three wins from their opening three fixtures, they have started the new season like a house on fire and plenty of punters will fancy the Canadian side to go close in their pursuit of winning another MLS Cup.
Many believed that Toronto would struggle without club legend Sebastian Giovinco but that hasn’t been the case. In fact, Greg Vanney’s team look more complete than ever before and the 14/1 with William Hill for Toronto FC to win the postseason crown is an excellent price.
Meanwhile, Chicago have been a pillar of inconsistency so far this season; with one win, one draw and two defeats from their four MLS fixtures. The Fire did record a first victory of the 2019 campaign last time out, notching a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls and that could give Chicago a boost ahead of what looks like a difficult trip north of the border.
Chicago have struggled to inspire confidence at the highest level over the last few years and the Fire may find themselves wanting again in 2019. However, you have to give them the benefit of doubt after a positive offseason and we could see an improvement as the season goes on. Watch this space, Chicago could yet get it right…
Date: April 6, 2019
Forget About 2018, Toronto Are Back In Business
Many MLS fans believed that Vanney would lose his job after a very poor 2018 season but Toronto opted to stick with their head coach and that decision may pay dividends. The Canadian side are looking very strong indeed and punters will fancy the hosts to get the job done here – the 8/15 with Betway carries plenty of appeal.
In years gone by, Toronto fans would see this one as a certain three points but last season’s woes may affect the nerves. Based on their early season exploits, Toronto could run away with this one and the 21/20 for the Canadian outfit to lead at half-time should be snapped up by 888sport customers.
Chicago Cannot Afford To Make Too Many Mistakes
The Fire have lots of potential but Chicago are yet to realise the extent of that. If they can build momentum, Chicago may take some stopping in the business end of the season. The 13/8 for Chicago to win or draw might be worth considering if you fancy Toronto to fall short with the weight of expectation on their shoulders.
If the visitors can keep things tight at the back, the goalless draw will come into play at 13/1. You don’t see many goalless draws in Major League Soccer but this one has potential to turn out to be a bit of a damp squib. Scoring goals was not a strong point for either side last year and those offensive woes could come back to haunt the teams this weekend.
Toronto tick all the right boxes to emerge victorious but Chicago are no slouches and it may turn out to be a bit of a slog. However, the Canadian outfit are well priced at 21/20 to take a lead into half-time and an early goal will settle a few nerves.
This one won’t be a walkover by any means but Toronto should prove too strong for the Fire and Vanney’s men are a solid pick to get the job done.
TIP: Toronto FC to win the first half (21/20)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto FC 2-0 Chicago Fire