MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Toronto vs Montreal
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Toronto and Montreal are finally getting their MLS rivalry going again, while the two teams have already gotten their Canadian Championships battle out of the way. If you recall, Toronto started their season with an extensive road trip due to BMO Field being under construction.
It concluded in Montreal for the first leg of the Canadian Championships. BMO Field was re-opened just in time to host the second leg of the home-and-home series, which saw Montreal move past the Reds with a 3 - 3 aggregate score, securing two away goals to advance. Now, the MLS portion of the season gets underway for these two and the Reds look to avenge the Impact, while attempting to keep their slim two-point lead in the Eastern Conference standings on Montreal.
This will be the first of three regular season contests the two will have, and they will close the season out against each other on the final day of the MLS schedule onOctober 25at Stade Saputo. The second meeting will come onAugust 29, again at BMO Field, which means Toronto will host two of the three games between them.
Also of note, both teams have three to five games in hand on the rest of the Eastern Conference, with Montreal having played only 12 games, and Toronto having only 13 games in the books. (DC United leads the East with 31 points, from 18 games played)
Montreal enters the mid-week on a high note, winning 2 - 0 this past weekend over Orlando City, and has won five of their last seven overall. The Impact outshot Orlando City 18 - 12, and kept the Lions without a shot on goal in the entire first half.
Toronto is in the midst of a three-game home stand, losing the first this past weekend to NYCFC, 2 - 0. David Villa's brace was the difference in the game, as he got the expansion team started with an early PK goal in the 8th minute, while adding a second tally just before the hour mark.
Jozy Altidore saw limited minutes in his recent return from injury, but the Reds put up a dismal second half performance, only managing one shot on goal despite leading the possession battle 62/38.
Toronto will finish the home stand this weekend against first place DC United.
Both teams still have a long laundry list of absences, as Toronto has three defenders and a midfielder on the official MLS injury report, while Montreal has three defenders, two midfielders and two forwards on their report.
Last 8 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met eight times in MLS action since 2012, with Toronto leading the series having 3 Wins, 2 Losses and 2 Draws. They have also met eight times in the Canadian Cup since 2012, with Montreal advancing in three of their four two-legged encounters, including the last three straight.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Toronto -0.5 -120
Montreal +0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Toronto beat the Impact here 3 - 2 in the second leg of their Canadian championship tie, although the two goals they allowed were why they were unable to move on.
With Altidore expected to ease back into playing 90 minutes again, we can only expect him to come off the bench as he did this past weekend. With so much soccer left to play this season, not putting him back in action too quickly will be the approach for now, trying to at least get him some minutes to get back in game shape.
This certainly has the potential to be a similar type of shootout, as we saw here when they met in May, and those expectations will point us to the total for our prediction.
Not surprised a bit to see the -115 on the Over 2.5 here, with the line setters also surmising that the potential for some goal scoring in a rivalry game will take place.
It was a bit shocking to see Orlando City completely shut down by this Impact club this past weekend, but it will not deter us from recommending a play on the total.
The Over 2.5 goes on the board for us, and -115 is the price we can afford to pay.