Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC – MLS, November 24, 2020
After securing a convincing 3-0 play-in victory over Inter Miami, Nashville heads to Rentschler Field to face Toronto FC on Tuesday, November 24.
Gary Smith’s side finished 12 points behind the Canadians in the final Eastern Conference standings, although the two teams didn’t face each other during the regular season.
If you’re planning to wager on Tuesday’s playoff clash, make sure you check out my Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC prediction and betting pick below.
Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC Odds
As expected, the top online betting sites are favoring Toronto (2.40) here. However, the odds gap is fairly narrow. The price for the home win seems pretty high, but let’s not forget that Nashville (2.88) has tested the top teams in the country throughout 2020.
Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC Preview
At the beginning of the year, it’s safe to say that Toronto would not have been expecting to face Nashville in the playoffs. But following a memorable campaign, both teams are fully deserving of their postseason berth.
The Reds ended up finishing second in the East, with just three points separating them and first-place Philly. Greg Vanney’s men will be disappointed to have missed out on the Supporters’ Shield, but they don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves.
After only managing to win two of their final six regular-season matches, Toronto must rediscover their best form. Indeed, recent defeats to Philadelphia, New York City, and the Red Bulls will still be fresh in the memory.
In Alejandro Pozuelo, the Ontario outfit possesses one of the league’s best players. The Spanish playmaker already has nine goals and nine assists to his name this year, making him a worthy member of the 2020 MLS Best XI.
If Pozuelo is in the mood on Tuesday, Toronto will be difficult to stop.
Needless to say, the Boys in Gold will be brimming with belief having seen off Inter Miami with ease on Friday. Special goals from Randall Leal and Dax McCarty came either side of a Hany Mukhtar penalty, with Nashville beating the Herons 3-0.
The Tennessee team has been the surprise package in MLS this year, but Smith’s men won’t want their debut top-flight season to finish just yet. The Boys in Gold may be the underdogs, but they will be confident of upsetting the odds on Tuesday.
In fact, Nashville has been upsetting the odds throughout 2020. A 3-2 comeback victory over Orlando on Decision Day underlined the expansion team’s ability. But the playoffs pose a completely different test altogether.
It is no secret that Nashville’s success has been built on their solid defensive efforts. Goalkeeper Joe Willis kept his tenth clean sheet of the campaign last time out, while center-back Walker Zimmerman sits alongside Pozuelo in the Best XI.
Toronto may have the attacking firepower, yet Nashville’s backline is more than capable of keeping the Reds at bay.
Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC Betting Pick
I have been hugely impressed with Nashville throughout the season, but in recent months, the Tennessee team has taken their game to another level.
Of course, Toronto is expected to win this one. The Canadians could well qualify for the semi-finals, but I can see the Boys in Gold defending well and holding the Reds for 90 minutes. Extra-time and penalties may be needed to decide this clash.