DC United v Toronto FC Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

August 02, 2017

- Grant Whittington


Sunday 6 August – RFK Stadium – Major League Soccer

It’s top against bottom in the MLS Eastern Conference, as Toronto FC travel to the US capital to face DC United at RFK Stadium. The visitors have the best record in all of MLS, and the hosts the worst.

Past Meetings

Toronto have won four of the last six meetings between the two sides, including 2-0 at home in June. DC United were 2-1 winners at BMO Field last October, when Lamar Neagle scored twice after Jozy Altidore’s opener.

Team News

DC United head coach Ben Olsen will be without midfielder Ian Harkes, who’s set to miss three to four weeks with an ankle injury. Patrick Nyarko is also likely to miss this game after being elbowed in the eye two weeks ago. Englishman Rob Vincent meanwhile hasn’t played since mid-March after knee surgery was followed by further complications.

As with Vincent, there’s no real timeline on when Toronto’s Steven Beitashour will return. The 30-year-old defender had surgery on his pancreas at the end of June, and continues to be absent. Elsewhere, French midfielder Benoit Cheyrou is expected to miss another seven weeks after suffering a calf injury.

DC United v Toronto FC Preview and Predictions

Things could hardly be different for these two team. While Toronto lead the chase to win the Supporters’ Shield, DC United look doomed to finish with the wooden spoon. The home team need to start picking up some points if they don’t want to finish the season with the worst record in MLS.

On a run of seven straight losses in all competitions, DC have to stop the rot. With just three wins from their last 16 games, the pressure’s mounting on Olsen. Saturday marks seven years in the job for the 40-year-old, but results aren’t good enough for a franchise that has four MLS Cups to its name.

Toronto meanwhile are flying high and full of confidence. With just one defeat in their last seven games, they’re playing safe in the knowledge they’ll make the post season. They come into this fixture off the back of a convincing 4-0 demolition of New York City in their last outing.

The visitors start as favourites in the betting for this one, priced at 21/20. DC meanwhile are available at 27/10, and you can back the draw at 5/2.

Recommended Bets

Giovinco to score in a Toronto win at 9/4

Toronto’s star striker scored twice against NYCFC last weekend, and will be hungry for goals once more.

DC United to win from behind at 10/1

Back the hosts to win from behind against Toronto for the second time in three games with this bet.

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