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Toronto FC v New York City FC Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

July 26, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday 30 July – BMO Field – Major League Soccer

It’s the second time these two teams meet in less than a fortnight, as Toronto FC welcome New York City FC to BMO Field. It’s a huge game at the top of the MLS standings, with both sides going for the Supporters’ Shield.

Past Meetings

That last fixture in New York finished as a 2-2 draw, with Toronto rescuing a point courtesy of a last minute Victor Vazquez penalty. In the game before, the Canadian outfit thumped NYCFC 5-0 at Yankee Stadium, with Sebastian Giovinco bagging a hat-trick.

Team News

Giovinco was substituted off in the first half during the last game these two played. The Italian forward did recover from his lower back problem to play against the Colorado Rapids at the weekend. He wasn’t at his best though, with head coach Greg Vanney hoping he’s back to full fitness for this one. The coach himself will be back on the touchline after being banned for the Rapids game, but Jozy Altidore is away with the national team.

For the visitors, Yangel Herrera has his own suspension to worry about. The talented youngster on loan from Manchester City was sent off after just 12 minutes against the Chicago Fire. Patrick Vieira could hand the 38-year-old Andrea Pirlo a start in Herrera’s absence.

Toronto FC v New York City FC Preview and Predictions

The Eastern Conference is almost at boiling point as the latter stages of the season approach. Toronto FC are three points ahead of New York City, after the same amount of games. The Chicago Fire could go top of the East if they win their game in hand, while Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls aren’t far behind either.

It all means that this game on Sunday evening could end up being crucial come the end of the season. Not only is the Supporters’ Shield up for grabs, but a favourable playoff draw too. After drawing their last two games, Toronto need to get back to winning ways. You can back the hosts at 17/20 to pick up the win.

New York City meanwhile are full of confidence after seeing off the highflying Fire last time out. The win puts them right back in the mix, although they start this one as 17/5 underdogs. With 14 goals so far this season including one in each of his last four appearances, David Villa will once again be crucial to his team’s hopes. If you think the two teams will cancel each other out, the draw’s available at 11/4.

Recommended Bets

Both teams to score at 8/13

With the likes of Villa and Giovinco on the pitch, this one looks like a relatively safe bet.

A 2-2 draw at 14/1

This is a great price for a repeat of the result from less than two weeks ago.

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