MLS Soccer Betting: DC United vs Toronto
Friday, June 5th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United sets a team record with 20 straight home games without a losson Wednesday, after defeating the Chicago Fire 2 - 1 at RFK Stadium. They will look to make it 21 when they host Toronto this weekend and wrap up their three-game home stand.
United received some good news this week on the injury front, as Luis Silva went back on the practice field and Fabian Espindola made his return this week as well. However, they will be without GK Bill Hamid again, who is on international duty with the United States Men's National Team. The USMNT is in preparation for their matches with the Netherlands on June 5, and with Germany onJune 10.
In the 3 - 1 win over the Fire in their mid-week game, United found themselves down 1 - 0 early. It certainly could have been worse, as the Fire missed three golden opportunities to score, before David Accam found the net in the 28th minute. Chicago had a shot from Accam trickle just inches wide of the right post at the 20 minute mark, and also proceeded to have a penalty kick chance saved by the outstretched arm of Chicago keeper John Busch, before allowing the goal. Down 1 - 0 at the hour mark, United tied the game up at one, with the first of two goals from Jairo Arrieta. The goal was created from the service of a corner kick from Fabian Espindola, who was making his return from injury. Arrieta scored on the 61st and 69th minute, and Conor Doyle added a third with only 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
Toronto FC, who is already without the services of Jozy Altidore to injury, will also be without Michael Bradley, who will be joining the U.S team with United's Bill Hamid.
The Reds took advantage of a three-game home stand of their own before arriving to RFK Stadium, earning seven of a possible nine points, entering the weekend with a draw and two straight wins. They will return home for another three-game home stand after this game to face NYCFC, Montreal, and this same United squad to round it out.
Their most recent match this past weekend with San Jose was a barn burner of a first half. Each club scored in the first 24 minutes of the game, with Toronto grabbing a 2 - 1 lead in the 33rd minute, after a goal from Warren Creavalle. Sebastian Giovinco picked up his second assist of the game, when Luke Moore scored to make it 3 - 1 in the 71st minute.
Despite the crazy beginning to the season, that saw Toronto start the year with seven straight league road games, they actually have the best road record in the Eastern Conference, with 10 points earned in eight games away from BMO Field.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
DC United leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC United +110
DC United -0.5 +110
Toronto +0.5 -130
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We can assume that since Sebastian Giovinco might be seen as the most lethal threat for the Reds, with Bradley and Altidore out, DC United will do everything in their power to not give him too much space to work.
Both goal keepers have done formidably recently, with United's Andy Dykstra only allowing three goals in three outings in Hamid's absence, and Toronto's Chris Konopka allowing only four goals in his five outings.
We're expecting a low-scoring United win in this one, with a scoreline expectation of 1 - 0 for the home side. That will push the team record of home games without a loss to 22 games, when it is said and done.
The +110 on the 3-Way line with DC United, is the offer we suggest for this one at RFK Stadium, with the losses of Bradley and Altidore likely too much for Toronto to overcome.