Orlando City v Toronto FC Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
July 03, 2017
Thursday 6 July – Orlando City Stadium – Major League Soccer
It’s a big one at the top of the MLS Eastern Conference on Thursday, as Orlando City host Toronto FC in this midweek fixture. Orlando gained some ground with a win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday, while Toronto are still in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield despite losing at Dallas.
This will be the ninth meeting between the two team, with Orlando City looking for just their second win. Toronto secured the three points with a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture back in May. Sebastian Giovinco scored a brace that day, before Kaka’s strike turned out to be a mere consolation.
Columbian striker Carlos Rivas could return for Orlando after missing the game at Real Salt Lake with an ankle injury. He hopes to partner top scorer Cyle Larin, who came back from a three-game suspension at the weekend.
Nick Hagglund and Steven Beitashour continue to miss out for Toronto. The former suffered a torn MCL in his left knee against Minnesota United in May, while the latter damaged his pancreas against the Montreal Impact last week and has undergone surgery.
Orlando City v Toronto FC Preview and Predictions
Things are really starting to hot up in the East in the second half of the MLS season. All 11 teams still have a realistic chance of qualifying for the post season. Sitting second at the moment, Toronto may look to have their place sewn up. However, defeat at Orlando City coupled with another bad result or two could really throw their season into jeopardy.
There are some big teams breathing down Orlando’s neck too. The New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union have two games in hand on the Lions, while Montreal have three. Three points against last season’s MLS Cup runners-up would be a great way to follow up the victory over Real Salt Lake, which ended a run of five without a win for Jason Kreis. Star man Kaka could be crucial to their chances in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The bookmakers are struggling to separate the two teams, with the hosts starting as slight favourites at 29/20. Toronto meanwhile are priced at 58/25 in the betting, as they look to strengthen their position towards the top of the league. If you think the two teams will cancel each other out, the draw’s available at 5/2.
Orlando City to win from behind at 39/5
Back the hosts to show lion-hearted character by recovering from the setback of conceding the first goal.
Toronto to win to nil at 9/2
Or bet on a Toronto shutout as they go on to claim the victory after scoring that first goal. Greg Vanney’s side have four clean sheets in their last eight games, making this a decent price.