MLS Soccer Betting: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Saturday, March 7th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: On Friday, Toronto announced that former Juventus player and Italian National Sebastian Giovinco, has left Italy in time to make his opening day appearance for the team. It is said that the 28-year-old's contract makes him among the highest paid Italian footballers in the world.
Jozy Altidore was also signed in the off-season, and is looking to atone for his lack of success in English Premier League with Sunderland. The past 18 months have been tough for Altidore, who has had to deal with questions about his progress, but he feels like coming back to MLS is the best move for his career.
Among the additions also headed to Toronto are M/F Robbie Findley, MF Benoit Cheyrou, and D Damien Perquis. Toronto's defense has been their issue since arriving to MLS, but things might finally turn around this year. They brought in Perquis and Eriq Zavaleta, and the club hopes that a second season for Nick Hagglund and a healthy Steven Caldwell will help both of them to take a step forward for the team.
Toronto enters their ninth season in MLS. They were the first Canadian team to appear in the league, but they still have never made a post-season appearance. They have, however, taken the Canadian championships four times in successive seasons from 2009 - 2012.
Vancouver enters 2015 starting their 5th season in MLS. The history of the club dates back to 1974 and to the days of the North American Soccer League. The Whitecaps have made the playoffs in two of their four seasons in the league, but have never advanced past the opening stages of the post-season. Last year, they grabbed the final playoff spot, but only played one game, resulting in a 2 - 1 loss to Dallas in the knockout round. The team did not make a ton of changes from last year, keeping 22 players on their roster, which is the most in their team history.
The Vancouver front office showed their confidence in the coaching staff this off-season, inking the entire staff to multi-year deals. Coach Carl Robinson also has plenty of talent around him coming into 2015. Keeper David Ousted led all of MLS in shutouts in 2014, and his back line will join him for another year together as well, led by Matias Laba and Kendall Watson.
This year, they do bring in a handful of players to the team, including Uruguayan youth Octavio Rivero and fellow countrymen Diego Rodriguez, who also bring solidity to the back line. Also joining the cast for 2015 are Steven Beitashour, Jordan Harvey, Matias Laba and Mauro Rosales, which should help since all four of them were starters around the league last year.
Last 5 MLS Meetings:
The two have only 5 MLS meetings, with a split of 2W - 2L and 1D.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Toronto +0.5 -125
Vancouver -0.5 +105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Vancouver has won all four meetings that the two have had in Vancouver in all competitions and friendlies, two of which came in the Canadian Champions Cup outside of MLS play. Keeping the core players of an already decent squad from last year should certainly give the players a bit of confidence, knowing the coach likes what they can do together, and it should help them carry it over to the field.
Toronto still has Michael Bradley and a revamped defense which certainly shoulmake it easier than it has been over the last few years. However, the team still has to prove they can get it together before we can suggest a play on them.
That leads us to the Vancouver 3-Way line of +105. The history stat is not that big of a deal, since they have only been playing each other for a few years, but we feel that the Whitecaps deserve the nod here, backing a playoff team that is hungry to get back there and do more than just play one post-season game. The Whitecaps are the play here!