MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Seattle vs Toronto
Friday, September 4th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Seattle and Toronto enter the weekend in playoff positions in their respective conferences, but neither club feels exactly comfortable with the place they are in. The Seattle Sounders find themselves tied with the hot San Jose Earthquakes with 38 points and tied for the final playoff position in the Western Conference standings, while Toronto is tied with New England for the fourth position in the Eastern Conference with 37 points.
Both teams enter this weekend’s game with a long list of absences, as each club has six players on the MLS official injury report. Seattle is without Andres Correa,Andy Craven,Damion Lowe, Leonardo Gonzalez, Clint Dempsey, and Andreas Ivanschitz. Toronto is without Mark Bloom, who is out for the rest of the season, along with Nick Hagglund, Damien Perquis, and Brazilian defender Jackson, while Benoit Cheyrou and Sebastian Giovinco are game-time decisions.
Seattle comes in to the weekend after finding a big 2 - 1 win in their Cascadia Cup rivalry with Portland, with Obafemi Martins and Brad Evans providing the two goals for the Sounders. Martins scored just six minutes into the game, while Evans’ penalty kick goal gave the Sounders a 2 - 0 lead as the first half was winding down.
Portland's Jack Jewsbury scored to make it 2 - 1 just before the hour mark, but the Timbers only managed to put a single shot on goal in the second half, which obviously found the back of the net.
Toronto walks in to CenturyLink Field after taking out fellow Canadian side Montreal 2 - 1 last weekend.
Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore each scored in the win, although Montreal did provide some late excitement, scoring in the 74th minute to pull the game within a goal.
The sending off of Laurent Ciman in the 77th minute was eventually the final nail in the coffin, however, as Montreal had to finish the game a man down and were unable to find the equalizing goal, leaving the Impact with a five-game winless streak.
Last 9 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 9 times in MLS, with Seattle holding an edge having 6 Wins, 2 Losses and 1 Draw in the all-time series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Seattle -0.5 -115
Toronto +0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
These two clubs are likely to provide some goal scoring for us to take advantage of a play on this total, and even if Dempsey is not on this field, Toronto can provide enough goal scoring of their own to get us through.
Obafemi Martins has come back from injury and picked up right where he left off before the U.S Open Cup injury that saw him carted off the field, and he now has 10 goals scored that has him tied with three other players.
Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will not be joining the U.S Squad for their friendly with Peruthis Friday, with no real signifcance to the result of the game that needs their influence.
With Martins expected to score, and who knows what we can expect from Toronto on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the goals will find the net early and often, and provide us with a winning ticket on this Over 2.5.
A 2 - 1 scoreline seems about as easy of a play we could hope for of all four games on theSaturdayslate around MLS this weekend, so the Over 2.5 at -120 makes our board as the suggested offer for this game at CenturyLink Fieldon Saturday.