MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Toronto vs DC United
Friday, June 26th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United enters their second of a five-game road trip at BMO Field to face the Redson Saturday. The trip includes four MLS matches, and a stop in Philadelphiaon Tuesdayfor their U.S Open Cup round of 16 encounter with the Union.
United got the road trip started with a 1 - 0 win against the Chicago Fireon Wednesday, which saw Bill Hamid only needing to make one save, en route to the team’s fifth clean sheet of the season. Conor Doyle scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute for United, who extended their Eastern Conference lead to 10 points over New England with the win and the Revolution’s loss to Columbus. Coach Ben Olsen installed his 18th different lineup in 19 games, while becoming the first MLS team this season to reach the 10-win plateau.
DC United will only have two days to prepare for the outing against Toronto, while again only having two days to prepare for the U.S Open Cup match with Philly, which puts the team on the field three times in eight days.
The road trip will resume with a trip to Seattle to face the Sounders onJuly 3, but they will have 15 days off to prepare for the fifth and final game of the trip in Dallas onJuly 18.
Toronto enters the match this weekend trying to build on the 3 - 1 win over rival Montrealon Wednesday. With this being their third straight home game in eight days, the Reds will have many more chances to use BMO Field to their advantage after the long road trip to start the season.
Winners of three of their last four MLS outings, Toronto finally had their three man front of Giovinco, Bradley and Altidore in the starting XI against the Impact. We have not seen the trio together from the opening kickoff for quite some time, whether due to injury or international call ups. All three players found the back of the net in the win, while the Reds put 20 shots up on the Impact, with eight making their way to the frame.
Altidore and Bradley will be absent again for the Gold Cup, as the two have been named to the U.S Men's National Team 23-man roster. The U.S team will play Honduras in Frisco Texas, home of the Dallas team at Toyota Stadium onJuly 7.
Toronto will play three of their four scheduled MLS games in July away from home, but will finish out the season with 10 of their last 15 games played at BMO Field.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
DC United leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 4 Losses and a Draw in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Toronto -0.5 -120
DC +0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
This will likely be the last game with the trio of Bradley, Giovinco and Atlidore in the lineup, before Bradley and Altidore move on to join the U.S team. The obvious impact of the three being together is no mystery to anyone who follows MLS, and with the home crowd in tow, we certainly understand why the line setters are putting a -120 on the home side 3-Way line.
Toronto walked into RFK Stadium in early June without Bradley and Altidore in the lineup, and still managed a 2 - 1 win, with two goals from Giovinco in the game. The win, as we know, snapped the long 20+ game stretch of outings without a loss for United, and revenge is certainly on their minds.
We will turn to this total and offer up the Over 2.5 at -110.
Stopping Toronto for 90 minutes, with arguably the most dangerous trio in all of MLS, is a daunting task, even for Bill Hamid who has been stellar most of the season.
We see a familiar 2 - 1 scoreline coming in this one, as we saw in the first meeting, so the Over 2.5 is our suggestion at BMO Field.