MLS Soccer Betting: Houston vs Toronto
Friday, May 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Finally! Toronto gets to see the remodeled BMO Field, after playing their first seven MLS games of the year on the road. After a rough 1 - 4 start to the road trip, the Reds finished it out by winning their last two games against Orlando City and Philadelphia to bring their record to 3 - 4.
Houston comes into the game following up a 1 - 0 loss to San Jose last weekend, but did not win one of their three games in the recent home stand. The Dynamo came out with just a point, while surrendering 9 goals in the three games, while losing the last two. Goalkeeper Tyler Deric got off to a terrific start to the year, but his defense has suddenly not helped his cause, as they gave up four goals twice in the homestand to Kansas City and Dallas.
Last time out against the Earthquakes, Adam Jahn scored to give San Jose a 1 - 0 lead in the 54th minute, with a gorgeous header off a feed from Perez Garcia. It was a bit of a trick play that caught the Houston defense sleeping. While they thought San Jose was about to set up for free kick outside the box, the kick was taken quickly, and Jahn found himself alone in the box making no mistake with the header opportunity.
Toronto comes into the game riding a two-game win streak as we mentioned, and they have to feel good to finally be in front of their fans. Now that BMO Field has completed the renovation project, the Reds will have a distinct advantage at the end of the season, playing 10 of their last 14 games at home.
In their last two outings, Jozy Altidore proved to be the man of the match at the Citrus Bowl, scoring twice in the 2 - 0 road win at Orlando City. Sabastian Giovinco scored the lone goal in the match with Philadelphia last weekend, earning them the 1 - 0 win to finish the road trip.
Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco are tied with four goals, combining for eight of the 11 goals scored for the team this year.
Toronto had to play one last away game before returning home, however, and lost to Montreal in the Canadian Championships 1 - 0on Wednesday. The return leg will be played onMay 13at BMO Field.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Houston leads the recent series with 3 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Houston +0.5 -105
Toronto -0.5 -125
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Toronto obviously wants to re-open BMO Field with a resounding victory to thank their fans for being so patient to start the season.
Having Houston in town is not the worst thing for them either, as the Dynamo is not exactly playing their best soccer at the moment, coming off a horrific three-game homestand that only produced a single point while allowing 9 goals as mentioned.
Houston did help knock Toronto out of the playoff picture last season, when Toronto ended the year losing every important match down the stretch of the 2014 season, but we doubt there is much to take from that.
These two know each other quite well in their time in the East together, but this will now be the only meeting this year, with Houston moving to the Western Conference this year.
We will predict a fast pace in the early going, and hopefully that will lead to some scoring to kick off the home portion of the season for Toronto.
We are suggesting both the -125 action on the 3-Way home line, and the Over 2.5 at a reasonable -115 in this one, expecting a 2 - 1 win for the Reds.