Toronto FC vs. Orlando City – MLS, June 19, 2021
It is no secret that Chris Armas has endured a difficult start to life as TFC’s head coach. In fact, the Reds have picked up just a single win from their opening seven MLS games this year.
Needless to say, Toronto will be desperate to kick start their 2021 campaign when they face Orlando at Exploria Stadium this Saturday, June 19.
At the other end of the Eastern Conference, the Lions are flying high. They have only lost one of their seven matches this season and sit third in the standings – seven points clear of twelfth-place Toronto.
Below, I discuss the odds for Saturday’s clash before sharing my Toronto FC vs. Orlando City prediction and pick.
Toronto FC vs. Orlando City Odds
As you can see, the sports betting websites believe there is nothing to separate Toronto and Orlando.
Although it looks as though TFC is the home side here, it is important to remember that Armas’ men are playing their “home” games at Exploria Stadium – the home of Orlando – until travel restrictions ease.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
What Has Happened to Toronto?
Whichever way you look at it, Toronto has made a dreadful start to the 2021 MLS season.
TFC let in eight goals across their opening three games, losing to Montreal and the Red Bulls along the way. Despite stopping the rot with a 2-0 win over Colombus last month, the Canadians swiftly returned to losing ways.
Funnily enough, Toronto has already lost to Orlando this year. Armas’ men even racked up 19 shots against the Lions last month, yet they could not prevent a 1-0 defeat.
Having lost to the Crew last time out, the Ontario outfit heads into Saturday’s clash on the back of two straight defeats. If the Reds lose again this weekend, more questions will be asked of Armas and his players.
Can Orlando Continue to Climb?
Following three wins and three draws, the Lions finally suffered their first defeat of 2021 last time out. Despite dominating large spells of possession, Orlando suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to RBNY.
However, I don’t think the loss to the Red Bulls will affect Oscar Pareja’s preparations for the visit of Toronto.
The Floridians have achieved four shutouts in seven outings this term and have already prevented TFC from scoring against them.
At the opposite end of the field, Nani and Tesho Akindele have kept things ticking over. Nani has netted three goals in 2021, while Akindele has two goals and two assists to his name.
My Toronto vs. Orlando Betting Pick
Orlando City to Win2.55
Given that Orlando already holds a seven-point lead over Toronto, I’m backing the Lions to claim another victory over the Reds this weekend.
Pareja’s side has been one of the strongest teams in the East this year, while TFC has struggled for consistency. If the recent form guide is anything to go by, Orlando should dispatch Toronto without any issues on Saturday.