MLS Soccer Betting: New York Red Bulls vs Toronto
Friday, August 14th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls look to solidify their playoff positioning, as the two meet for the first time in the 2015 regular season at Red Bull Arenaon Saturday. Toronto enters the weekend after losing two of their last three outings, although they are as healthy of a team as they have been all season. The trio of Giovinco, Altidore and Bradley is set to start, according to the projected XI on the Reds’ home page.
Toronto entered last weekend after taking out Orlando City at home just three days earlier and, with a convincing 4 - 1 victory, the Reds appeared to be gaining some momentum.
Of Toronto's eight opportunities to put together back-to-back win streaks in the regular season, they have failed on six of those attempts, including last weekend’s loss to Sporting Kansas City at BMO Field. As mentioned, the Reds only had two days to rest after their win over Orlando City, and it obviously affected their defense, as we have now seen eight straight totals come in over the number with Toronto on the field.
Michael Bradley scored the lone goal in the home 3 - 1 loss to Sporting, which, at the time, drew the game level at one. Krisztian Nemeth scored just before the half-hour mark for Sporting KC, and the game was put away in the 87th minute by Sporting's Jacob Peterson.
The Red Bulls walk into the weekend after completing the season sweep of installed rival NYCFC. The 2 - 0 home win at Red Bull Arena earned the Bulls a five-match unbeaten streak, which has propelled them to second place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points.
Looking over the next few games for New York, they will have the luxury of a 10-day layoff before their encounter with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park onAugust 26. The Bulls will then host DC United with only three days off to prepare for theAugust 30thouting between two clubs fighting for top spot in the East. They will enjoy another nice break with a rematch against the Fire onSeptember 11at home.
The Red Bulls are 6 - 1 - 1 in their last eight league games and, with the United lossthis Thursdaynight at Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers can pull the DC eight-point lead in the East to five points with a home win.
Don't forget to stay after the game for the fireworks show promotion this weekend at Red Bull Arena, and hey, it will only cost you $20 for a decent seat in the stadium if you're in town.
Dax McCarty and Matt Miazga earned MLS Player of the Week honors, as the Red Bulls took four points in two outings, with Jesse Marsch also being awarded the Coach of the Week. Luis Robles was also nominated for Save of the Week. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced that it has suspended Bulls’ defender Damien Perrinelle for two games and issued an undisclosed fine to the French national.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The Red Bulls lead the recent series with 5 Wins, 1 Loss and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
Overall the Red Bulls are 11 - 4 - 5 in 20 all-time MLS meetings, since Toronto entered the league in 2007.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYRB -0.5 -145
Toronto +0.5 +125
Total O/U 3:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It is not hard to fathom why the line setters have offered a straight 3 on the total, knowing as we mentioned that Toronto has cashed eight straight MLS Over plays, some quite easily.
Now these two get together with playoff implications in the Eastern Conference, assuming that Toronto knows that the Red Bulls have had worlds of success in their history against the Reds.
The Over 3 at -110 does not take a second thought to offer as a suggestion, and until Toronto proves to anyone that their defense is going to help them win games, we can oblige the line setters’ offer on the action.
The Red Bulls love to press and run, and Toronto is not exactly scared to get in to an up-and-down affair themselves, so let's hope there is more than just fireworks after the game, but that we see some during it as well.