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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

Toronto vs NYCFC Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. New York City FC

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, June 20 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – New York City FC 15/4

Match Preview

Toronto FC host Eastern Conference rivals New York City FC on Saturday night, pitting two in-form sides against each other in what should be an intriguing clash.

Toronto seem to be getting the best out of Sebastian Giovinco after the Italian’s brace against DC United helped the side to an impressive 2-1 win last time out.

Some may still argue that they should be competing for the Supporters’ Shield considering the money they’ve spent, but they seem to be hitting form and look a tough side to beat at present.

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Toronto FC’s 2015 MLS record: P12 – W6 – D1 – L5

New York City FC come into this one off the back of a penalty loss in midweek. NYCFC fell to the New York Cosmos in the US Open Cup and need to try and bounce back quickly here.

After two wins on the bounce in MLS, it came as a bit of a surprise for the new franchise to fall short to their New York rivals. But they will want to make it three wins in a row in MLS when they travel to Canada on Saturday evening.

NYCFC’s 2015 MLS record: P15 – W3 – D5 – L7

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This is the first ever meeting between the two sides but with both coming into the game in their best form of the season, it should be an entertaining one.

Team News 

Toronto FC are without Clement Simonin and Stephen Caldwell due to injury, while Daniel Lovitz and Robbie Findley are doubts. Jozy Altidore could partner Sebastian Giovinco upfront.

New York City FC have as many as six missing through injury. Khiry Shelton, Josh Williams, Tony Taylor, George John, Connor Brandt and Javier Calle are all out. David Villa will continue in attack.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Both sides are unbeaten in their last three MLS matches.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian playmaker has been sensational recently and is very much the main man in the Toronto attack. He has an incredible seven goals and six assists already and looks to be unstoppable at present.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-0 New York City FC – Toronto are starting to look the team everyone expected to see after their expensive spending spree this winter and you can expect them to comfortably beat NYCFC on Saturday in front of their own fans.

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