MLS Soccer Betting: Toronto vs Philadelphia
Thursday, April 30th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Toronto continues their seven game road trip to open the 2015 season, when they head to PPL Park and take on the Philadelphia Union for the first of three meetings this season. This is the only game of the three that they will play at PPL Park, as the two other meetings will be at the renovated BMO Field in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto found their second win of the road trip last weekend against the Orlando City SC Lions, and now has a 2 - 4 record this season with six points in the Eastern Conference standings. However, this is the last game of the road trip in MLS action, although they will play in the Canadian Championships on Wednesday, May 6in Montreal, Canada, before finally getting to play in front of their home crowd when Houston comes to Toronto onMay 10.
Toronto stifled Orlando City last weekend at the Citrus Bowl, with Jozy Altidore scoring both goals in a 2 - 0 win against the expansion franchise, who has yet to win a game at home this season.
Philadelphia has to quickly regroup from a 4 - 1 loss to Columbus in Ohio last weekend. In addition, the Union only has one point to show for their last three outings, after losing back to back games following the 1 - 1 draw with NYC. Ethan Finlay scored twice while assisting the Kamara goal that got the scoring started, as Columbus jumped out to a 3 - 0 halftime lead and never looked back from there.
The McCarthy project in net has not seemed to resolve the goalkeeping issues in Philly. As a result, they may have to start looking elsewhere to find a net minder who can actually contribute to this club, while they sit only one position out of the Eastern Conference basement.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
Philadelphia leads the all-time series with 7 Wins, 2 Losses and 3 Draws in 12 MLS meetings
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Toronto Pk +135
Philadelphia Pk -160
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We enjoyed the Toronto win they had in Orlando City in our previews last weekend, and we enjoyed the Philly Over play with Columbus as well, hitting the total before halftime.
With this being the last MLS road game for Toronto, we can surely expect them to be excited to finally get to play at home. However, there is still more work to do before they get there, which also includes a stop in Montreal before arriving at BMO Field next weekend.
Philadelphia's goal keeping issues are more than simply noteworthy, because no one they have put in the frame has stepped up and made a difference.
We do know that Toronto is hitting their stride a bit, and certainly has the talent to give any club in this league trouble, despite the road trip from hell to open the year.
We are turning to the value line on the Over 2.5 at a lovely +105 in this one.
We expect Toronto to have plenty of success against a Philly back line who has not helped their keepers all season. They easily lead the league with 17 goals allowed in nine games played. Until the club figures it all out, we will take advantage of it, so the Over 2.5 goes on our board to get theSaturdayslate started.