Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Betting Preview – MLS, October 24, 2020

| October 21, 2020 10:14 am PDT

MLS dishes up a blockbuster matchup this weekend, with the top two in the Eastern Conference – Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC – going head-to-head at PPL Park on Saturday, October 24.

The Canadians currently sit three points clear of Philly at the summit of the table, although both sides have already secured a spot in the play-offs. The Reds edged the Union 2-1 earlier in the month, so Jim Curtin’s men will be aiming to seek revenge.

I assess the bookies’ odds before providing my Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC prediction and betting pick.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Odds

Philadelphia Union to Win2.30
The Draw3.60
Toronto FC to Win2.70

Philadelphia (2.30) is unbeaten on home soil this term, winning seven and drawing one of their eight games at PPL Park. 10bet has clearly taken note of the U’s formidable home form when pricing up this matchup.

Having said that, Toronto (2.70) has only lost one of their nine away games in 2020 and has won each of their previous three road trips without conceding a single goal.

The Reds may be three points ahead of Philly in the standings, but the bookies view the home side as the marginal favorite to win this one.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Preview

Philadelphia extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a hard-fought victory over New England Revolution last time out. Despite only seeing 43% possession and managing just three shots on target, the Union edged the Revs 2-1.

Anthony Fontana got on the scoresheet again on Monday, taking his tally to six goals in his last eight appearances. The 21-year-old is fast becoming one of the most talked-about finishers in MLS, with the youngster’s impressive statistics proving that he is destined for greatness.

Following victories over FC Cincinnati (3-0) and Montreal Impact (2-1) at the beginning of October, Philadelphia was held to a 2-2 draw by DC United last week. But it didn’t take the Pennsylvania club long to bounce back and return to winning ways.

Not only are Curtin’s men the highest scorers in the Eastern Conference, they also boast the second-best defensive record in the division.

That said, Toronto has only scored four less goals than Philly. The Ontario outfit has undoubtedly been the most consistent performers in the East this year, so it is hardly surprising that Greg Vanney’s men find themselves at the top of the table after 19 games.

The Reds last defeat came all the way back at the beginning of September, but since then, seven wins and two draws have seen them string together a seemingly unstoppable nine-game unbeaten streak. It is also worth pointing out that Toronto has kept four clean sheets in that time.

Granted, the Canadians left it late to secure all three points last time out. It’s fair to say that Toronto dominated Atlanta United on Sunday, but Pablo Piatti netted the only goal of the game on 89 minutes to hand his side a last-gasp victory.

One way or another, Toronto invariably finds a way to win.

My Prediction and Betting Pick

  • Toronto FC to Win

It seems crazy to write off Philadelphia right now. But if there is one team capable of beating the Union, it’s Toronto. The Reds have been on a different level to their opponents throughout the season, and they seem to be getting stronger as we approach the business end of the campaign.

Don’t get me wrong, Philly is bound to push the Canadians all the way on Saturday. Still, I’m backing Toronto to come out on top.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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