MLS Soccer Betting: Toronto vs Orlando City
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City prepares to take on Toronto for two appearances at BMO Field over the next 18 days, as the two teams wrap up their three-game regular season series. With one meeting already in the books from their match at the Citrus Bowl in April that saw Toronto take a 2 - 0 victory, the two will play their final game in the three-game set onAugust 22.
In this past weekend's matchfor Toronto against New England, Charlie Davies scored for the first time sinceJune 21, after a set piece taken by Lee Nguyen just outside the box found Kelyn Rowe alone behind the defense. Rowe centered a pass to Davies, who tapped the goal home to make it 1 – 0. He scored his second goal just after the hour mark to seal the 3 - 1 win over Toronto.
Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 39th minute, after kicking Jose Goncalves as the two were battling for a header in the Revolution defensive end of the field. When they came down, Goncalves was pushed to the ground and Altidore proceeded to lose his composure, and the Reds had to finish the match a man down.
Toronto did not have a single shot on goal in the first half, and only managed two shots on goal the entire game. One of those shots did find the net, however, as Jonathan Osorio scored to make it 3 - 1 in the 75th minute, but the Revs ended up taking the easy three points at home.
Toronto's defense has been atrocious as of late, as they have given up 15 goals in the last five league games, with only one win over their last six outings.
The Reds will be playing four of their next five games at home, which is a result of the start of the season that saw Toronto waiting for the upgrades to BMO Field to be completed. They will host Sporting KC this weekend, while making a stop at Red Bull Arena next weekend, before returning home for two against Orlando City and Montreal to finish their August schedule.
Orlando City enters the mid-week match on the heels of an absolute beat down of the Columbus Crew at the Citrus Bowl this past weekend. With a 5 - 2 win, Orlando City are now tied with Montreal for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference with 27 points.
With five goals in the last two games, Cyle Larin added two goals against Columbus to find himself in fourth place with 11 goals on the season.
The Crew scored first to make it 1 - 0 in the 5th minute of the game, and Orlando City scored five unanswered goals to take three much-needed points at home, giving the Lions only their fourth home win in 12 games played at the Citrus Bowl.
Orlando City will return home to face the Union this weekend, and will depart for two road games against Seattle, and back to Toronto as mentioned on the 22nd.
Last MLS Meeting:
The two teams have met once onApril 26at the Citrus Bowl, with Toronto taking a 2 - 0 victory in their only MLS meeting.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +245
Toronto -0.5 +115
Orlando City +0.5 -135
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Once again, the line setters are onto the fact that bothWednesdaymatches are expected to be high-scoring games.
Toronto will obviously be without Altidore after the red card this past weekend, and Michael Bradley will also still be out of the line up with the calf injury.
Sebastian Giovinco's heel issue shows him as probable for this match, but it is obviously affecting him. He was pulled after the first half this past weekend as the Reds were down 2 - 0 and played down a man the entire second half.
Orlando City has the goods to walk into BMO Field and get a result, especially with so many injuries and suspensions for Toronto mounting up.
We would normally suggest the +0.5 handicap in this spot, but the Pk Draw no Bet handicap line is +150 with the Lions, and that is where the value is in our opinion.
The play offered in this match is the Pk action on the away side, expecting Orlando City to come out of this match with no less than a draw, and a hopeful win to cash a +150 ticket on the Pk suggestion.