MLS Soccer: Toronto vs Columbus
Friday, March 13th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Toronto looks to follow up their big road win last weekend at Vancouver in their opener, and will start the year with eight consecutive games away from home. You are not reading that wrong. Yes, it says 8 straight games away from home to start the season.
They will have 7 straight road games from the MLS schedule, and one last game on March 6 in the Canadian Championships vs Montreal, before returning to the newly renovated BMO Field. BMO Field will undergo another round of renovations that will be completed by 2018. But with the bad comes the good, as the team will play 10 of their last 14 games at home. This could come in handy down the home stretch of the long season.
Toronto swept the three games that these two played back in 2014, outscoring the Crew 8 – 4 and scoring no less than 2 goals in all three games.
The Crew did so well in not scoring last weekend that it gave the Houston keeper, Tyler Deric, goalie of the week honors for coming up with so many saves and earning Houston 3 points over Columbus. The Crew played fast, did a great job of controlling the pace, and led in just about every stat they keep, except the biggest one of all -- wins and losses. The Crew needs to reproduce the similar effort that they put forth last weekend, but this time they need to find the net in front of their fans in the home opener.
Both teams were very aggressive on opening weekend, combining for 33 shots on goal. This pace should see similar influences of up and down action. More often than not, a team that throws up more than 15 shots on net during the match before will come out just as intense the following weekend, especially if they didn't find the net on any of those shots the last time out.
Of course, Columbus will look to get back in control of this all-time series. Before the three game sweep Toronto had last year, Columbus had gone 10W - 2L and 7 Draws in the first 19 MLS meetings between the two teams.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Series is tied the last 10 meetings, 5W and 5L for each side, with Toronto sweeping last year's series 3 - 0.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Toronto +0.5 -135
Columbus -0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Again, to analyze the match enough to come up with a solid prediction all we have to go by is the pre-season results and one weekend in the MLS books, before offering to help people in hopes of cashing tickets.
With the pace we saw from both of these clubs during opening weekend, and the new faces that are expected to make an impact, Toronto will have to match their intensity if they plan to keep up with the Crew at home. Columbus threw in the kitchen sink at the Houston keeper last weekend, but just came up short and couldn't find the net. However, they are expected to have a nice year and are favored at home of course.
We don't expect these two to sit back and get in to some kind of defensive struggle. Last year, as we mentioned, Toronto scored twice in all three meetings, and arguably has much more talent up front now than they did last year.
We are gladly going to suggest a MLS Over 2.5, which was our theme last year throughout the season. Now that teams have those opening games under their belt, and although some teams are still just now making their home debuts, the goals will start to pour in as they did in 2014, and hopefully this game contributes to that theory.