MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Toronto vs Orlando City
Friday, August 21st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Toronto FC has had Orlando City's number so far in the 2015 season, as the Reds look to sweep the three-game series from the expansion side. Both teams come into the weekend struggling with consistency. Toronto has only one win in their last five outings, which came against this Orlando City club on August 5, and Orlando City has only taken one win in their last eight league games.
Despite the poor results, Toronto and Orlando City find themselves separated by only three points in the Eastern Conference standings, but Toronto has the schedule advantage as the season winds down.
The Reds will play eight of their last 11 regular season games at BMO Field, as a result of the upgrades of the stadium that dragged into the beginning of the 2015 season. Toronto will play three of their next four games at home, and will have a five-game home stand from September 19 to October 17.
It was certainly strange to see Toronto in a 4 - 3 - 3 formation against the Red Bulls last weekend, and something tells us that we won't be seeing that alignment too soon. New York handed the Reds their ass in a 3 - 0 beat down, which makes Toronto's header on their home page even more hysterical. "Opposing forces don't stand a chance" is what Toronto decided to put on their home page header, but apparently the rest of the league missed the memo.
Toronto enters the weekend in fifth place in the East, but three teams are breathing down their neck only three points behind, and the Lions happen to be one of those teams.
Orlando City also got licked last weekend against the Seattle Sounders, as Obafemi Martins made his long awaited return to the Sounders lineup and contributed two goals in the 4 - 0 thrashing. Martins also missed a penalty kick that could have given the Sounders an early 2 - 0 lead, but he scored his second goal just after the hour mark. Sigi Schmid gave Martins the rest of the night off just four minutes after making it 3 - 0.
Seattle played the entire second half up a man, as Tyler Turner picked up a second yellow just before the first half came to an end.
Orlando City looks more and more like an expansion team lately, as they have given up 13 goals in their last three road games, and carry a six-game winless streak away from the Citrus Bowl.
The injury list for Orlando City sees six players out this weekend and two players suspended.
We know Kevin Molino and Conor Donovan are out for the year with ACL injuries, and Brek Shea is still recovering from sports hernia surgery.
Tony Cascio has been dealing with a back injury for what seems like forever, and Harrison Heath will be out for at least six weeks with a knee injury.
Defender Rafael Ramos missed last weekend's match with a thigh strain, and is listed as out this weekend.
As a result of the red card picked up by Tyler Turner, and a committee decision to suspend Darwin Ceren, the two will be out this weekend against Toronto.
Last 2 MLS Meetings:
The two have played twice since Orlando City joined MLS this season, and Toronto has won both games played in the series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +315
Toronto -0.5 -120
Orlando City +0.5 +100
Total O/U 3:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
As we know and have discussed plenty, Toronto's defense is a complete mess, and the more we see Joe Bendik in net, the better the chances that Toronto will get lit up again.
Orlando City is more of a possession orientated team, but we know that they also have the ability to put up plenty of shots on any given night.
At +105, this total to go Over the 3 is a gift in our opinion.
If a 2 - 1 score returns our bet with a push on the action, then so be it, because this has the potential to be another of those 3 - 3 type games if you break down all the issues the two have had recently on the defensive end of the ball.
Grab the Over 3, and enjoy the +105 on the action.