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MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Toronto

DC United vs Toronto FC Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Toronto FC

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7)

Match Odds: DC United 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Toronto 9/4

Match Preview

DC United welcome Toronto to RFK Stadium for an MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides looking to further strengthen their grip on a playoff place on Saturday night.

DC currently lead the Eastern Conference by seven points and recent home victories against Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire put an end to a run of three games without a win.

Ben Olsen’s side haven’t tasted defeat on home soil in MLS this season (W6, D3) and are establishing themselves as serious contenders for not only the conference and Supporters’ Shield titles, but also the MLS Cup when it comes around at the end of the year.

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The only possible negative statistic that DC will want to put right in this fixture is that they haven’t managed to win more than two games consecutively so far this season.

Toronto have enjoyed their longest unbeaten streak of the season having avoided defeat in their last three games (W2, D1) – they secured an impressive 3-1 home win over San Jose Earthquakes last time out.

Greg Vanney’s side have propelled themselves to fourth in the Eastern Conference with 16 points from the first 11 games and will be hoping to start putting some daylight between them and seventh.

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The Canadian side are unbeaten in their last three away games (W2, D1), conceding just one goal in those matches – Toronto will also only have eight away fixtures remaining after this game.

DC United have won the last two meetings between the two sides with the most recent victory a 3-0 home success back in July 2014.

Team News

DC United will be without the injured Michael Farfan (hamstring), Taylor Kemp (groin) and Chris Pontius (hip). There are also fitness doubts for Chris Korb (leg) and Miguel Aguilar (knee), while Jalen Robinson is on international duty.

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Toronto’s Clement Simonin (knee), Steven Caldwell (achilles) and Daniel Lovitz (knee) are all out injured. Jozy Altidore (hamstring), Colllen Warner (hamstring) and Robbie Findley (achilles) are also doubts, while Michael Bradley and Marky Delgado are on international duty.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: L/D/L/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian has been excellent so far this season and will need to produce the goods once again if Toronto are to have any hopes of getting something from the game.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 Toronto – DC are excellent at home and are unlikely to lose, but Toronto have come into some form recently and will fancy themselves to pick up a valuable point on the road.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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