MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: New York City FC vs FC Toronto
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The last time New York City and Toronto locked horns, it was the second meeting of the season here at Yankee Stadium after the expansion side had taken the first meeting at BMO Field in June. Both teams enter their mid-week encounter riding losing streaks, with Toronto looking to end a two-game skid, and New York hoping snap a three-game slide.
With injuries adding to New York City’s recent issues, they now face a possible absence from David Villa, who has a hamstring issue that could see him out of the lineup at the worst possible time of the season. With 28 points and only four points to make up on Montreal and Orlando City, who are tied with 32 points vying for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, New York only has six games remaining in their regular season.
Neither Andoni Iraolla, Javier Call, nor Khiry Shelton were able to make an appearance last weekend for New York, and they are not expected back in time for this outing as well.
The Iraolla injury on the MLS report took us some time to decipher, as he is officially out with a gastrocnemius strain, which is essentially a calf strain, but sounds harsh when you put it in literal medical terms as they have done.
With two more goals allowed to Dallas last weekend, the expansion side is second in the league in goals allowed with 48, only trailing Orlando City who have let 51 balls find the back of their net.
Things are not exactly going smoothly on the defensive end for Toronto either, as they are only one behind New York with 47 goals allowed in their nine season in MLS.
Sebastian Giovinco was expected to be out of the lineup last weekend against New England, but he did indeed get the start alongside Jozy Altidore in the 3 - 1 loss at BML Field.
Toronto controlled the possession battle by a 60 - 40 clip and fired off 21 shots, but only five managed to find the frame with Robbie Findley being the only player to score for the Reds in the loss.
New England only put three shots on goal, and two of them found the back of the net, as the Revolution benefited from an own goal by Toronto in the 6th minute of the game off the foot of Perquis.
Toronto does have four players joining the longterm injury of Mark Bloom who will be out for the rest of the season.Daniel Lovitz, Clement Simonin, Jackson, and Benoit Cheyrou are questionableon Wednesday, but Collen Warner has served his suspension and is expected back in the lineup.
Last 2 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met twice this season, with NYC taking a 2 - 0 win in Toronto, while the two played to a 4 - 4 draw here at Yankee Stadium in July.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYCFC Pk -135
Toronto Pk +115
Total O/U 3:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
New York will host San Jose this weekend before departing for a three-game road trip to BC Place, RFK Stadium and the Citrus Bowl to face Vancouver, DC United and Orlando City, who are all battling for playoff positioning themselves.
We know what we get when Yankee Stadium opens its doors for a soccer game, and with these two defenses looking a lethargic as they look recently, let's not waste any more time getting to the prediction for this affair.
Even though the -135 on the action does not exactly thrill us, the Over 3 between these two could hit in the first half hour of the match, and who can forget what we saw here the last time they met at Yankee Stadium?
Four goals apiece in an eight-goal barrage took place here, and there is nothing convincing us that any of that will change, so the Over 3 is the offer, although if you have the ability to move the line to 3.5 to get +110 on that action, you go ahead and do that, and not blink an eye!