Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – MLS, October 3, 2020
This is arguably the standout fixture in MLS this weekend. Toronto faces Philadelphia on Saturday, October 3, with the teams locked on 28 points, just behind Eastern Conference leader Columbus Crew.
Second-place Philly sits ahead of Toronto on goal difference, but there really is very little to separate the two sides right now.
Keep reading to see my Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union prediction and betting pick.
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union Odds
The top online soccer betting sites view Toronto as the favorite to win this game. However, the high price for the home win suggests that Philadelphia is more than capable of upsetting the odds on Saturday.
We are already 14 games into the 2020 season, but these two teams are yet to face each other this year. It’s difficult to gauge which way this matchup will go, so let’s take a closer look at both sides.
Toronto made it three wins in four games by seeing off Columbus on Sunday. The Crew had only suffered one defeat all season before visiting Rentschler Field last weekend, but the Reds managed to secure a confident 3-1 victory over the conference leader.
Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Richi Laryea all got on the scoresheet last time out, with Pozuelo taking his tally to six goals and four assists in 11 regular-season appearances this year. Indeed, no player has registered more goal involvements than the Spaniard in 2020.
The Ontario outfit hit a rough patch earlier in the month, suffering back-to-back losses to Canadian rivals Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. But since then, Toronto has been almost unstoppable. Victories over Montreal, New York City, and Columbus, along with a draw against DC United, have seen Greg Vanney’s side pick up ten points from a possible 12.
After beating New England Revolution, Montreal, and Inter Miami, Philadelphia has also won three of their last four outings. In fact, if it wasn’t for a disappointing goalless draw against FC Cincinnati last week, the U would be heading into this clash on the back of five straight victories.
Kacper Przybylko has unquestionably been the star of the show for Philly, as the Polish forward has racked up six goals and two assists in his last eight games. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Andre Blake has kept two successive clean sheets.
Jim Curtin’s men have an identical offensive record to Toronto, although they have conceded four goals fewer than the Reds. Both sides have eight wins, four draws, and two defeats to their name, so this is destined to be a closely-fought contest.
Prediction and Betting Pick
Toronto FC to Win2.10
Don’t get me wrong, both these sides have been playing top-quality soccer this year. The teams are in the top three of the Eastern Conference for a reason, but it does feel like Toronto has been more consistent this term.
There is a sense that Philadelphia is somewhat overachieving at the moment, and I think the U’s weaknesses could be exposed by a very strong Toronto team.