This one could be fairly straightforward. Toronto need to start rebuilding momentum after a slack run of results – the Major League Soccer postseason is fast approaching. Toronto have had the Supporters’ Shield sewn up for some time now but fans will be eyeing up a first MLS Cup triumph after falling short in the final back in 2016.
Meanwhile, Montreal have already been eliminated from the playoff chase and it is now all about restoring some pride for the Impact. It could be a very busy offseason for head coach Mauro Biello at Saputo Stadium – will Montreal stick by their current boss or are changes on the cards? Only time will tell but for now, the Impact will be focused on defeating Canadian rivals Toronto at BMO Field on Sunday evening.
Toronto are widely available at 4/9 with most bookmakers but punters looking for a little bit of extra value can get 1/2 via Bet365. Given their recent struggles, some may want to veer away from the Canadian giants but Greg Vanney’s men will be looking to get back to their brilliant best ahead of the gruelling postseason. If they go for the jugular, this one could get out of hand and a convincing win might be on the cards.
Draw backers will be tempted this weekend; an away point for Montreal will almost feel like a victory given their poor efforts in 2017. Available at 16/5 with Betway, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see both sides take a share of the spoils home from this contest. Toronto have been better in recent weeks but back-to-back defeats in September may have punters questioning their durability.
Winner Sports are going an industry-best 7/1 for a shock Impact win here; and those who fancy the upset should consider this. With five defeats in their last six Major League Soccer outings, it is hard to put too much faith in Montreal but with the pressure now off, the Impact could produce their best form. Anything close to 100% and the visitors could be celebrating a surprise triumph.
Individual Goal Scorers
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: look no further than Sebastian Giovinco if he is able to shake off his latest injury woe. It is only a mild problem but Vanney may not want to risk the Italian if he is 50/50. With more important games ahead, it may be wise for Vanney to leave Giovinco out. Jozy Altidore is also ruled out through suspension so the onus will be on Tosaint Ricketts, a 15/13 anytime goal scoring option with 888sport, to lead the line.
For the Impact, just scoring a goal would be a real achievement. Away from home, Montreal have struggled to inspire confidence all season and Anthony Jackson-Hamel could be the one to watch this weekend. The Impact have scored 10 goals, tied for the lead in Major League Soccer, from outside the box this season and a long range effort could be their best bet.
Other Side Bets
The over 2.5 goals market looks well priced at 1/2 with 10Bet. There isn’t much value in this particular wager but most tipsters and pundits are expecting goals in this contest – even if Giovinco is ruled out. Should the Italian pass a late fitness test, the over 3.5 market comes into play but for now, sticking with three or more goals in the contest looks like the way to go.
- Toronto to win @ 1/2 with Bet365
- Tosaint Ricketts to score @ 15/13 with 888Sport
- Over 2.5 goals @ 1/2 with 10Bet