Toronto FC vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014By Ej Garr
MLS Predictions:Toronto FC heads to the west coast for the final time this year as they take on one of the hottest teams in the league, the LA Galaxy.With 5 games remaining to everyone else's 4,
Toronto looks to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Being 1 point back of NY for the final spot and only 5 points out of 2nd place to boot, there is plenty they can do with a game in hand to increase their positioning. What can you say about the Galaxy? When you lead the league in scoring with 63 goals, and also lead the league in goals allowed with 31 +/- of 32, most teams will be in the top spot clear of everyone easy.
However, there sits Seattle tied with LA in the Western Conference’s top spot with 57 points. Seattle and LA face each other in a home and home to end the season, which will surely decide who gets home field throughout the playoffs.
Let's take a look at the Odds, the head-to-head numbers and break down this game further so we can make a play on it.
All-time MLS Meetings (12)
Los Angeles Leads Series 4W - 2L - 6D
1x2 3-Way Odds:
Los Angeles -295; Toronto +750; Draw +350
Handicap / Spread Odds:
Los Angeles -1.5 -110
Toronto +1.5 -125
Total Over 3
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Nothing and no one is slowing down the LA offense, even more so since Landon Donovan announced this will be his final season in the league. They have rallied around him and put pressure on opposing defenses for 90 minutes with no let up.
Toronto also has an abundance of scoring talent which is supported with a pressing backline to the offense up front. They cannot afford to let LAconstantly attack without pressing forward, knowing that LA will be looking to step on the gas early and often. With as much as LA presses, Toronto should have a few opportunities in transition to find the net and to not get blown away.
I expect another melee, as these two always seem to find themselves in high scoring games, despite LA's impressive defensive numbers.
The Over 3 is a viable option here. Even if we see the common 2 - 1 scoreline, no harm, no foul and we get our money back. I have gladly offered 3 goals in LA games, even when the line was only 2.5, to get a better price buying it up a half goal to 3, so it does not surprise me they offered the total at 3 anyway.