MLS Soccer Betting: Montreal vs Toronto
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
Soccer Odds: The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC add to their Canadian rivalry, with a playoff game in the Eastern Conference that will leave one team in Canada out of the post-season and one headed to Columbus for the semifinals. The two Canadian rivals have met five times this year, with three coming in their MLS series, along with a home and home series in the semifinals of the Canadian Championships. Montreal advanced to the finals, but eventually lost out to Vancouver who took their first Canadian title this year.
Toronto hosted two of the three regular season meetings, and won both contests at BMO Field 3 - 1 and 2 - 1. Montreal hosted the third game of the season series which came on the final day of the regular season, with the Impact winning 2 - 1 that earned this this home game in the knockout round by coming in third place.
Jozy Altidore scored one goal in all three contests, while Didier Drogba's brace to end the regular season on #DecisionDay added to his short, but already prolific Impact career. The Ivory Coast national scored twice after hitting the crossbar on a brilliant shot outside the box in the 50th minute of the match. Four minutes later, Drogba used a cheeky heel to score on the entry pass from Igancio Piattii, which got the fans at Stade Saputo ringing the big bell. If that wasn't enough, Drogba used a similar back heel shot to score twice in 1:40 seconds, which began a 3.0 earthquake-sized celebration, with Drogba mobbed by his entire team by the corner flag in celebration.
Drogba's influence with 11 goals scored in only 11 games played in MLS, helped to propel Montreal to third place in the standings, and is certainly a factor as to how Montreal finds themselves hosting this game at Stade Saputo.
The Impact enter the post-season as the only team in the East that is riding a three-game winning streak in to the playoffs. Missed by many is the fact that Montreal only allowed 44 goals this year, which was only bettered by the Red Bulls with 43 goals allowed on the season.
Montreal is making their second playoff appearance in their fourth MLS season, the last coming two years ago when the lost 3 - 0 to Houston in their lone knockout round game.
Toronto is playing in their ninth MLS season this year, and are making their first ever post-season appearance. The Reds are officially the 12 seed of the 12 team field that will be down to eight teams for this weekend's Conference semifinals.
Sebastian Giovinco is among the leaders in the discussion for the league MVP after scoring 22 goals in his first MLS campaign, tied with Kei Kamara of Columbus accomplishing the feat.
Last 11 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 11 times in MLS action since 2012, and has also met the last four years in the Canadian Championships. Toronto leads the MLS series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws.
The two teams are tied in their Canadian Championship series with 3 Wins a piece and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Montreal Pk -160
Toronto Pk +135
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We had to settle for the push on the total at 3 on the final day of the regular season, but we did chase the +125 offer that was eventually returned after the 2 - 1 result on Decision Day that brings us to this rematch.
There is no reason to expect anything less than a similar outing the two contested this past weekend, but the line setters seem to think that we may be seeing a low scoring affair in the Eastern Conference knockout round game on Thursday.
Once again a total comes in as our offer in the MLS playoffs, which might be a theme as we progress through to the finals.
We expect all 25,000 seats to be filled in support, and we also expect the fans to be in for a treat again at Stade Saputo, as a 2 - 1 home win should help us cash this Over 2.5 at -115.
Toronto's defense has been suspect all too often down the stretch, and these two are going to foul each other, kick each other, and leave blood on this field if they want to advance.
The Impact will surely hope to not see a repeat of having lost both the Champions League finals and the Canadian Championship finals already this year, with this being their last hope for hardware in 2015.