Toronto FC, currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, play host to high-flying Houston on Saturday in what could be the game of the weekend. The Dynamo are third in the Western Conference and another victory could see Wilmer Cabrera’s men climb above FC Dallas and Portland Timbers. Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to build momentum after a slow start to the campaign.
As of April 26th, Toronto are clear favourites for the win. Greg Vanney’s side, valued at 4/7 to come out on top with Winner Sports, are unbeaten at BMO Field this season and it may prove prudent to stick with the Canadian outfit again this weekend.
But with four draws in just seven league games so far, Toronto have been unable to hold on in some encounters and punters may be tempted by the draw – especially as Houston would almost certainly settle for a point. 10Bet are offering 3/1 for a stalemate in this contest and that might just be the best pick.
On the other hand, some will fancy Houston to continue their fine run of form. If you want to back the away side to emerge victorious, look no further than the industry-best price of 6/1 available with bet365.
Individual Goal Scorers
Sebastian Giovinco has matured into a household name across the league since moving to the MLS in 2015. The former Italy international has notched three goals already this year, including a brace in Toronto’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire last time out. At 11/4 to bag the opening goal of the game with 888sport, he is very well priced.
For those looking for value in the anytime markets, Jozy Altidore is the way to go. He is short at 19/20 with William Hill but he is capable of finding the net; especially if Houston focus more on preventing Giovinco.
Meanwhile, the Dynamo have one of the deadliest strikers in the league on their roster and it would be foolish to look elsewhere in the goal scoring markets. 24-year-old Erick Torres has bagged seven goals already this season and he is well worth backing at 7/4 with Bet365 to add to his tally this weekend.
In fact, he has scored at least once in five of Houston’s seven league games this year and those feeling brave could back Torres to open the scoring. Currently 6/1 with a number of leading bookmakers including Bet365, the Dynamo star is well priced considering his recent form.
Other Side Bets
With so much attacking talent on display, goals may be on the cards. Houston have found the net in every game so far this campaign and both teams to score looks like a pretty safe bet for this encounter. 888sport are going 11/14 on this to land and punters will be quietly confident of a winner here.
The visitors arrive here in great form and the ‘double chance’ market carries some appeal considering Toronto’s slow start to the season. While the Canadian outfit have lost just once in seven league games, they are prone to drawing games and bet365’s 7/5 for Houston to draw OR win looks to have a solid chance.
As per usual, correctly predicting the exact score is difficult but a fairly low key affair could follow – despite the array of attacking stars on the pitch. Under 3.5 goals is available at 1/2 with 10Bet, with the same firm offering 29/4 on a 1-1 draw.
- Both teams to score @ 11/14 with 888Sport
- Houston to win OR draw @ 7/5 with Bet365
- Erick Torres to score anytime @ 39/19 with 10Bet