Saturday MLS Betting Odds, Picks and Predictions: Vancouver vs. Toronto FC (Sept. 5)
Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images. Pictured: Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.
- The Vancouver Whitecaps face Toronto FC in an MLS clash featuring two Canadian teams on Saturday, Sept. 5.
- Jeremy Pond expects both teams to find the back of the net without any problems.
- Check out Pond's full preview for updated odds, picks, and predictions ahead of Saturday night's match.
Vancouver vs. Toronto FC Odds
|Vancouver odds||+375 [BET NOW]|
|Toronto FC odds||-150 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+290 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||2.5 (-167/+123) [BET NOW]|
|Time||9:30 p.m. ET|
Only a handful of matches take place Saturday across the Major League Soccer landscape, highlighted by an all-Canadian showdown between Vancouver and Toronto FC at BP Place.
The rivals have met twice since the league’s restart, with Toronto FC earning shutout victories in both contests at BMO Field. The Reds didn’t just win both contests; they dominated the Whitecaps in grand fashion.
Needless to say, Vancouver is up against it in this third tussle and need a positive result to stay afloat in its quest for Canadian crown and CONCACAF Champions League berth.
The Whitecaps suffered 2-0 shutout setback in their most recent outing, making it three consecutive games they have failed to score.
On the other side, Toronto FC hopes it can rebound from a disappointing 1-0 loss against Montreal earlier in the week at its home confine. The Reds had a shot at tying the MLS record for unbeaten regular-season matches at 19 games in the tilt but squandered numerous opportunities against the Impact and came up short in defeat.
Toronto FC lost more than just the match against Montreal. It also lost its captain.
Midfielder Michael Bradley suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and could miss several weeks for the Reds, who will likely rely on a combination of Marky Delgado and Liam Frasier to fill the void in the No. 6 role.
Looking at the data and statistics, Toronto FC boasts an absurd 11.7 expected goals and paltry 2.9 expected goals against numbers for a +8.8 xGDiff number, along with a +1.46 xGDiff/90 minutes.
Expected goals (also known as xG) is an advanced statistic that gives an indication of whether results are based on sustainable factors like a steady creation of scoring chances, or whether it is down to aspects such as luck or outstanding goalkeeping.
In contrast, Vancouver finds itself well back in all categories (4.5 xGF/8.2 xGA for -3.7 xGDiff and -0.76 xGDiff/90) and will be up against it in this match.
With all that mixed together, I’m taking a shot at both teams scoring in this match. I know Vancouver has been the definition of stagnant, but the loss of Bradley creates some big problems in the center of the park for Toronto FC, which is going to create opportunities for Vancouver.
I am also going to back the total going over the number. My feeling is this could turn into a wide-open match, largely due to the fact Vancouver has to chase points and a result.
If you’re looking for a player prop, back Toronto FC forwards Ayo Akinola and Jozy Altidore to score any time. Both players have been quiet as of late, so we will take a swing at both finding the net in this contest.
The Bets: Both Teams To Score – Yes (-165), Total Over 2.5 Goals (-167), Ayo Akinola To Score Anytime (+138), Jozy Altidore To Score Anytime (-103)