Toronto will take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their double header with New York Red Bulls and Greg Vanney will be quietly confident of masterminding his side to the next round of the playoffs. For the most part of the campaign, Toronto have been THE dominant force in Major League Soccer and the Canadian outfit actually broke the record for the highest number of points accumulated during the regular season.
New York suffered an early setback in Game One when Toronto’s Victor Vazquez opened the scoring after just eight minutes but a Daniel Royer penalty kick just seconds before half-time ensured that the Red Bulls went into the break on level terms. But midway through the second half, Sebastian Giovinco – as he so often has for Toronto over the years – popped up with a crucial strike to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat ahead of Sunday’s return leg.
Should the Red Bulls find their best form, this could be a difficult evening for Toronto; it isn’t over just yet. The Canadian side will be confident of advancing to the next round but they cannot afford to lose focus. If anyone can defy the odds to produce one of the great recent Major League Soccer upsets, it is the New York Red Bulls.
Toronto don’t necessarily need to win but for the Canadian outfit, attack might be the best form of defence. Scoring goals comes naturally to Vanney’s side and it might be wise to side with the hosts here. At the time of writing, you can back Toronto at 8/11 with Bet365 and plenty of punters will be opting for a home win on Sunday – BMO Field has been a fortress so far this campaign.
A draw in the playoffs is unlikely given the magnitude of these fixtures but anyone fancying a close affair may be tempted by the 3/1 on offer with 10Bet. Toronto and New York are two of the most successful franchises in Major League Soccer history and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see this one go right down to the wire.
The Red Bulls are outsiders – there’s no doubt about it. Winner Sports are pricing New York at 10/3 to emerge victorious north of the border and while it will be tough, Jesse Marsch’s men could prove too strong for their rivals if they find their A-game.
Individual Goal Scorers
Sebastian Giovinco scored the winner for Toronto last weekend and he is available at 3/1 with 888sport to bag the opener here. The Italian star has been the shining light for Toronto since moving to MLS many years ago and Canadian sports fans will be expecting big things from him here.
13/8 for Bradley Wright-Phillips represents solid value – especially when you consider his form this campaign. With 18 league goals, he is clearly New York’s top striker and if anyone is going to make a major difference, it is him. Giovinco and Wright-Phillips are the two main men to watch on Bonfire night; fireworks should be expected!
Other Side Bets
Goals could be on the cards here with so much attacking talent on show and the 4/7 price available with Betway for over 2.5 goals looks like a good one. BMO Field has been home to some high-scoring encounters in recent months and this one could go a similar way.
- Toronto to win @ 8/11 with Bet365
- Sebastian Giovinco to score first @ 3/1 with 888sport
- Over 2.5 goals @ 4/7 with Betway