MLS Soccer Betting: New York City FC vs Toronto
Saturday, July 11th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: NYCFC and Toronto meet for the second of three regular season meetingsthis Sundayat Yankee Stadium, and the arrival of Frank Lampard to the Bronx is all the buzz. Lampard enters his 20th season as a professional, making a career for himself in the English Premier League since 1995. He comes over from Manchester City, who have part ownership in the New York-based club, after splitting the $100M expansion fee with the New York Yankees.
Italian national Andrea Pirlo is also set to join the NYCFC squad later in July, as the 36-year-old World Cup winning maestro has parted ways with Juventus. After winning four straight Italian Serie A league titles, or the Scudetto if you will, Pirlo's presence in New York provided chatter that he was leaving Italy for MLS.
Naturally, the presence of two veterans who have seen everything European football has to offer will have an impact all around MLS, reminding everyone of the David Beckham decision to leave England and come to the States to finish his career.
NYCFC's David Villa will likely help ease the transition for Lampard and Pirlo after having a half season of American soccer under his belt. Although neither player needs much introduction and will likely have an easy vicissitude.
NYCFC comes off a strange performance last weekend against Montreal, as we discussed in the Impact preview with Columbus.The Impact dominated every statistic in the game except the most important one of all -- the scoreboard.
The Impact controlled 55% of the possession battle, while outshooting New York 25 - 5, while allowing only three shots on goal. David Villa scored on two of those shots, and his brace was the difference in the match.
We know that Toronto is still without Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, who are making their presence felt with the U.S National Team in the Gold Cup. They were sorely missed last weekend against defending champions LA Galaxy, suffering their worst defeat of the season in the 4 - 0 loss. It also marked the first time this season that the Reds have been held to a clean sheet in successive outings this season, after the scoreless draw with DC United the week before.
Luke Moore was expected to play upfront with Sebastian Giovinco, but a personal matter kept him from traveling with the team last weekend. He is expected to play this weekend.
Last MLS Meeting:
NYCFC took the first ever MLS meeting between the teams with a 2 - 0 on June 20 in Toronto.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYCFC -0.5 -105
Toronto +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Amazingly, Lampard injured his calf this week and after all the hype in the New York media about the expectation of his first start, it will have to wait.
NYCFC has a long list of players who will not be in uniform, joining Lampard on the sidelines this weekend. Diskerud is obviously with the U.S team, and there are six players on the MLS injury report other than Lampard.
We are not going to expect much goal scoring in this one, considering there are only two players to be concerned with. David Villa for NYCFC and Sebastian Giovinco are the only threats to deal with, and we expect both teams to limit their chances as best they can.
We are suggesting this Under 2.5 at +105, because we simply think the line setters are over estimating the total, laying a -125 on the Over.
We have seen two straight outings for Toronto without a goal scored, and the dimensions at Yankee Stadium won't make it any easier to find space to create opportunities, so we do not see three goals being scored in this one.