Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls – MLS, October 14, 2020
Toronto became the first team to secure a spot in this year’s MLS play-offs with a comfortable victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. In the process, the Reds maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference. But there is very little time for celebrations.
Greg Vanney’s side faces the Red Bulls on Wednesday, October 14. The New York club may be 14 points behind the conference leader, but after beating Atlanta United last time out, the Red Bulls will be eager to extend their winning start under new head coach Gerhard Struber.
Keep reading to see my Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls prediction and betting pick.
Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls Odds
As you can see, 10bet isn’t giving the Red Bulls (4.25) much of a chance in this matchup. The New York club is firmly in contention for a top-six finish, but the high price for the away win underlines Toronto’s (1.75) superiority.
Can the Red Bulls upset the odds on Wednesday? I assess both sides’ chances below.
Toronto clinched a fifth straight win and extended their unbeaten streak to seven games on Sunday. The Reds are seemingly unstoppable right now, so I don’t think anyone is shocked they have already booked their place in the play-offs.
The Canadians haven’t exactly been blowing their opponents away lately, but they have been doing enough to win games. Indeed, four of the Ontario outfit’s previous five victories have been secured by a single-goal margin, with three clean sheets coming along the way.
Two defeats in 17 regular-season outings is a phenomenal record, especially when you consider the unpredictable nature of MLS this year. Vanney will be extremely happy with how things are going in 2020, but he will also know that his team cannot afford to let their standards drop.
The Reds Bulls have recorded four wins and four defeats since Chris Armas was sacked at the beginning of September. However, the team has only claimed back-to-back victories once during that period, so Struber will be looking to bring a sense of stability to the club in the coming weeks.
Following successive defeats to Orlando City and Inter Miami, the New York club bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. And the win came from an unlikely source. Hours after signing his first professional contract, 17-year-old Caden Clark scored on his MLS debut to hand the Red Bulls all three points.
Clark has surely thrust himself into contention for a starting place under Struber, but the Red Bulls’ more experienced forwards must start chipping in. Daniel Royers is the club’s top scorer this year with just four goals to his name, while Florian Valot, Tom Barlow, Omir Fernandez, and Kaku only have two goals each.
Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls Betting Pick
Toronto FC to Win1.75
I’m expecting Struber to galvanize the Red Bulls and steer the club in the right direction. However, I can’t see their resurgence starting against Toronto.
The Ontario outfit has been head and shoulders above just about every other team in the Eastern Conference this year, and I’m backing the Canadians to secure a sixth straight win on Wednesday.