Free MLS Pick Toronto FC vs. New York City FC
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Toronto FC vs. New York City FC
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Toronto FC vs. New York City FC
Date: Wednesday, October 23rd
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
MLS Moneyline Odds: Toronto +265, Draw +265, NYCFC -105
MLS Spread Betting Odds: NYCFC -0.5
MLS Betting Total: 3.0
This second-round playoff matchup will see the top seed in the East, New York City FC, host the fourth seed, Toronto FC.
Toronto FC got the win over DC United to put them into this second round game. Against NYCFC, Toronto beat them 4-0 in March and played to a 1-1 draw in September.
Toronto ended up beating DC United by a score of 5-1 in their first round game played at home. They led this game 1-0 for the majority of the time before allowing the equalizer in the 90th minute. This game went into extra time, where all of a sudden Toronto flipped a switch and scored four goals to give them a comfortable win.
The biggest concern for Toronto is they were not the greatest team on the road this season. They had four wins, six losses, and seven draws. However, they were at least able to get points in 11 of their 17 regular season road matches, so that is not the worst by any means.
This is the playoffs however, so getting a draw is not good enough. Toronto needs to play with the same intensity that they played with in the extra time period against DC United.
It will start with their ability to attack. They were able to get all those goals at home, but when put in a hostile environment, the question is, “Can they deliver?” Well this season, they have scored an average of 1.35 goals on the road. In the 13 all-time meeting played in New York, Toronto is averaging 2.14 goals per game.
Their defending was spot on in the game with DC United. The only issue was they allowed that late goal to force the extra time.
They are allowing 1.53 goals per game on the road this season, so they are going to have to limit NYCFC’s chances to keep the crowd out of it.
New York City FC
NYCFC were happy to relax for the first-round games of this years playoffs, but that could mean they will come out flat or ill-prepared. They last played on the 6th of October, so it has been about 2 1/2 weeks.
However, it was probably worth it because they get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They have eleven wins this season at home, while only having lost one game and playing to a draw in five games.
For NYCFC, it is all about their lethal attacking presence. They were the second best scoring team in the MLS and first best in the Eastern Conference. They scored a total of 63 goals. If you break down their goal scorers, you will find that they had three different guys with at least 11 goals or more.
For their defending, they are much more sound at home. Allowing just 0.94 goals per game, they need to contain this Toronto attack that just put up five goals against another solid defending club.
As it stands right now, Jozy Altidore, the Toronto striker is questionable, so if he cannot play, NYCFC should have a ton of success.
Free Toronto FC vs. New York City FC MLS Prediction:
NYCFC may have not played a first round game, but they are certainly the better team. I like them to win at home an advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
4* Free MLS Betting Pick: NYCFC -105
New York City FC is getting a short price at home and I believe they are the right side for this game.
MLS Free Score Prediction: NYCFC 2-1
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