MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Toronto vs Kansas City

  • Friday, August 7th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    MLS Odds: Toronto looks to break the stranglehold that Sporting Kansas City has had in the series, when the two meet for the only time in the MLS regular season this weekend at BMO Field. The Reds have lost 10 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams since the 2010 season, and have only managed a single win and two draws against Kansas City over that time.

    The two teams have met three times a year every year when they were both in the Eastern Conference, but with Kansas City moving to the West this year to make room for NYCFC and Orlando City, this will be the only chance Toronto has to break the recent control Kansas City has had in the series.

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    Toronto is expecting to have their full complement of players back in the mix this weekend, as Michael Bradley is set to return from the calf injury he suffered in the Gold Cup with U.S National Team, and Jozy Altidore has served his one-game ban for kicking Luis Goncalves in their match against New England.

    Sebastian Giovinco took the scoring lead in MLSon Wednesdayafter scoring a hat trick against Orlando City in their mid-week encounter. His 16 goals are one better than the Crew's Kei Kamara for the league lead.

    Toronto is also expecting to get back Clement Simonin, Ashtone Morgan and Nick Hagglund, who were all upgraded from out to questionable, as each returned to practice this week.

    The same cannot be said for Sporting Kansas City, as they have two major suspensions this weekend, with one of those suspended players likely out for the rest of the regular season.

    Dom Dwyer picked up a yellow card against Houston this past weekend, and that offense earned him a suspension for this weekend's match. Roger Espinoza was also given a suspension for his actions against Tyler Deric in the Houston game last weekend, but Espinoza also suffered a fracture in his left foot that has him set to miss up to 10 weeks of action.

    Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric was involved in both altercations between Dwyer and Espinoza, as things got heated on the field that led to Dwyer’s yellow card in the game that earned his suspension.

    Dwyer scored for the sixth time in six games against the Dynamo in all competitions this weekend, with a header in the sixth minute of play to give KC a 1 - 0 lead. Houston tied the game at 1 - 1 after a goal from Ricardo Clark that came off a set piece entry from Brad Davis on the left flank, and the match ended in a draw.

    Clark had to come out of the game after pulling his hamstring on the goal, and is out this weekend for the Dynamo as a result.

    Houston got bailed out by a poor referee decision that was clearly a hand ball in the box that should have earned Sporting a penalty kick. The ref was not 10 feet from the play and had the crowd in a frenzy when the call was not made.

    Last 10 MLS Meetings:

    Sporting KC holds an 8 - 1 - 1 record over Toronto in the last 10 MLS meetings.

    In the all-time series, Sporting holds a 12 - 4 - 5 record against Toronto in 21 MLS meetings.

    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    Toronto +100

    KC +280

    Draw +255

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    Toronto -0.5 +100

    KC +0.5 -120

    Total O/U 2.5:

    Over -125

    Under +105

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    With Toronto having Bradley and Altidore back this weekend, and the fact that Sebastian Giovinco has been absolutely ridiculous this year, even while dealing with the heel injury, an even money offer from the line setters on Toronto at home seems too good to be true.

    Throw in the fact that Dom Dwyer will be sitting this one out for Sporting, and we expect Toronto to exact some revenge for all the recent success Kansas City has had in recent years over the Reds.

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    Toronto at home and the 3-Way line of +100 makes our board this weekend, as we would expect it to make most people's pending picks list this weekend.

    With Giovinco, Bradley and Altidore on the field together for the first time since June, the three-headed monster should have worlds of success over a depleted Sporting club at home, so the Reds are the play we offer at BMO Field this weekend.