Toronto FC v Real Salt Lake – Betting Preview
After narrowly edging out Philadelphia, mid-table side of Western Conference Real Salt Lake prepare to take on Canadian outfit Toronto FC at the BMO Field on Wednesday for their 23rd game of the season.
The Reds are fresh from a 3-0 drubbing of Columbus Crew earlier this week, winning the Trillium Cup and will be tightening their screws for another crunch game which will see them usurp New York Red Bulls to the second place should they triumph.
Toronto were unbeaten at home in the last seven games, winning four and drawing thrice. Their last defeat on home soil came back in May when domestic rivals Vancouver Whitecaps caused a huge upset in a 4-3 thriller. Greg Vanney’s men have since been a tough nut to crack in their backyard, and Salt Lake know what they are up against.
The Royals are currently at their lowest ebb, winning only once from their last seven outings, knocking the winds out of their sails. They are currently languishing 5th in the Western Conference table and 6th overall, undoing the bright start to the season they had embarked on.
A total of five victories from the opening 8 games had set the Claret and Cobalt on a positive run, only to jump the shark at the advent of May. They’ve never recovered since then. Their lack of form suggests the breather they got from the PPL Park earlier this week is soon to be vanquished as an in-form Toronto side awaits in the next round.
Although they hold an admirable record over their Canadian counterparts, winning 5 of the last 6 meetings in the MLS, their latest encounter will be a different ball game from what we’ve witnessed in the last few years. Whilst Real Sal Lake have won only one game away from home in 2016, Toronto have lost only one game at home. A very contrasting set of form as you can see.
Toronto have two games in hand over the frontrunners in the Eastern Conference, New York City FC and New York Red Bulls, and winning both would see them climb to the summit, topping both the New York alliances. So only a victory will suffice for the hosts, laying down the gauntlet for the men from Utah to pick up.
Jozy Altidore remains a long-term absentee with a hamstring injury, whereas Michael Bradley is struggling for fitness. Will Johnson and Ashton Morgan are also subject to fitness tests prior to the clash to determine their availability.
Real Salt Lake
Rest assured, target man Movsisyan could be the only concern for the visitors.