With two games gone in the regular MLS Season, it’s been a very slow start for the three Canadian sides on show, Between them, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto have yet to register a win so that makes this all-Canadian clash even more vital.
All the prices in the match result betting are odds-against and that indicates another tight game at the BC Place on Saturday. Vancouver lead the way just marginally with a win price of 13/10 with 10Bet while Toronto are listed at 11/5 with 888Sport to take the points.
Will we see yet another draw, leaving both sides still without a win? The tight nature of this market suggests that we might and the price on the tie currently sits at 23/10 with 10Bet and Bet365.
Toronto may have reached the MLS Cup Final last campaign but early results suggest they will struggle to reach that mark again. They have two ties from their opening two matches and the bad news keeps coming with confirmation that key striker Sebastian Giovinco is ruled out of this clash through injury.
A further tie would surprise no-one but with home advantage and that significant injury problem affecting the home side, we’re backing the Whitecaps to come away with the points on Saturday.
Individual Goal Scorers
With Giovinco absent, the first goal scorer betting will become a little less tempting for some punters but it leaves plenty of value across the market as a result. Vancouver’s Fredy Montero starts things off at a best price of 9/2 with Bet365 and the Colombian international will be looking for a positive start for his MLS club after a decent return for Chinese side Tianjin TEDA last season.
The man with the more interesting price however is Toronto’s US International Jozy Altidore who has at least found the net already in his club’s slow start to the campaign. Altidore starts this game at best odds of 5/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring.
For an outside punt, how about considering Mo Babouli who is listed at a figure of 15/2 with 888Sport to score the first goal of the game at the BC Place? We’re still waiting for the 24 year old to replicate the sort of form shown when he scored 21 goals in 16 appearances for Toronto III and while he is yet to get off the mark for the full Toronto side, a price of 27/10 in the anytimeswith 888Sport isn’t the worst we’ve seen as the club look to fill the gap left by Giovinco.
Other Side Bets
Two ties in two games so far for Toronto and one from Vancouver doesn’t necessarily mean a share of the points when these two meet but it could be an indicator towards a tight game and if the visitors are shorn of their main striker, will there be many goals here?
Both Teams to Score is always a popular bet but in this instance it is far from looking an obvious option. Potentially there is value in the overs and unders market and you could currently back under the 2.5 line at an industry top price of 42/41 with 888Sport while being a touch braver will bring a far better price of 56/19 with the same bookmaker.
It’s tough to see how this game will develop as it’s still so early in the new campaign but if you don’t mind something that’s far from certain, then join us as we back under that 1.5 line.
We will at least see some pointers as we move through March and hopefully at least one Canadian side will register their first win of 2017 this weekend. It’s a tough call but with Vancouver’s home advantage and the absence of Giovinco, we’re on the side of the Whitecaps this Saturday.
- Vancouver Whitecaps to win at 13/10 with 10Bet
- Jozy Altidore to score first at 5/1 with Bet365
- Under 1.5 goals at 56/19 with 888Sport