MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Montreal vs Toronto
Friday, October 23rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Both Canadian representatives from the Eastern Conference have secured positions in the post-season, marking the first time that Toronto and Montreal will be appearing in the playoffs together. Toronto clinched their first ever playoff berth on October 14 with their 2 - 1 win over the top-seeded New York Red Bulls, and remain in contention for an automatic berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With DC United and Columbus entering #DecisionDay in second and third place respectively in the East, those two face off at MAPFRE Stadium on the final day of the regular season, which could directly impact the fate of Toronto's hopes for home field advantage in the semifinals.
Should United and the Crew drawon Sunday, combined with a Toronto win over rival Montreal, Toronto would slide into the two hole that would see them host the second leg of the semis at BMO Field.
The Reds have taken each of the first two meetings between the Canadian rivals, with both of the outings taking place in Toronto.
Toronto took the first meeting 3 - 1 onJune 24after going down 1 - 0 early in the game, but three unanswered goals from Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco were the difference.
In the second meeting, Bradley and Altidore again found the net and gave the Reds a 2 - 0 lead. They held on after Montreal brought the score within one with a penalty kick converted by the Impact's Dominic Oduro. Montreal had to close out the match a man down, however, as Laurent Cimon picked up his second yellow of the contest in the 77th minute.
Montreal clinched their way to the playoffs on October 17 with their 1 - 0 road win at New England last weekend.
The Impact can finish as high as third place in the East should they win and get help from a draw in the Columbus / DC United affair, which would give them a home game in the knockout round.
In only playing one-third of the season with Montreal, Didier Drogba has tallied nine goals to tie him with Ignacio Piatti with the team lead. Piatti notched his ninth goal of the season in last weekend's win at Gillette Stadium over New England.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met exactly 10 times in MLS action since 2012, and has also met the last four years in the Canadian Championships.
Toronto leads the MLS series with 5 Wins, 2 Losses and 3 Draws.
The two teams are tied in their Canadian Championship series with 3 Wins a piece and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Montreal -0.5 +115
Toronto +0.5 -135
Total O/U 3:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
With both teams only separated by a point, the three points that would come from a win for either side, will be pivotal regardless of the outcome of the DC United and Columbus game.
Montreal could fall back to the sixth position should they lose, combined with a New England win against NYCFC in the final weekend, but could also advance as high as third should things go in their favor.
Toronto has four defenders on this weekend's injury report, which doesn't bode well since they lead the conference in goals allowed with 56.
This is shaping up to be an epic game between two teams that simply do not like each other.
It may not be a Yankees/Red Sox, Dodgers/Giants, Packers/Bears rivalry that has years invested, but the two always seem to meet at the biggest stage of both their MLS and Canadian Championship campaigns.
This Over 3 is almost hysterical to offer, as we expect them to hit that number before the hour mark of the affair.
At +125, we couldn't jump in this Over 3 quick enough, so feel free to enjoy this match, and watch the ball hit the back of the net early and often.