Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. DC United
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, June 27 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 9/10 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 18/5
Toronto FC welcome Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United to BMO Field on Saturday night as they look to continue a run of form which has set them up to make their first MLS Playoff appearance come the end of the season.
With one loss in six, Toronto look a tough side to stop, and with star man Sebastian Giovinco running riot on defences across the league they have an attacking unit that can hurt most teams.
However, their tendency to concede could cost them sooner rather than later as they have conceded the first goal in their last three games now.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto FC’s 2015 MLS record: P14 – W7 – D1 – L6
DC United are masters of winning by the odd goal as eight of their ten wins this year have been by a single goal.
A side known for their defensive prowess that can hurt you on the counter, DC are perfectly set up to hurt a Toronto side that loves to attack.
DC United’s 2015 MLS record: P19 – W10 – D4 – L5
They will still be ruing the 2-1 home loss to Toronto at the start of the month and will want to extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with revenge here.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto are the only team to have beaten DC at RFK Stadium this year and will be be confident of making it two wins in two in front of their own fans on Saturday evening.
Both sides played on Wednesday night, with Toronto winning 3-1 at home to Montreal and DC earning a solid win away at Chicago.
Toronto FC will be without Clement Simonin, Steven Caldwell, Daniel Lovitz and Mark Bloom through injury. Jozy Altidore could start up front with Sebastian Giovinco after overcoming a hamstring injury to score in the 3-1 win against Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.
DC United are missing Eddie Johnson, Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius as they all still out with injuries. Nick DeLeon and Fabian Espindola could return to start after coming off the bench in the 1-0 win over Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/L/W
DC United’s last five: W/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: DC United haven’t kept a clean sheet away to Toronto since October 2012.
Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – Forgive the obvious choice but he is currently the best player in MLS and it’s tough to see DC finding a way to keep him quiet. He has an unbelievable ability to hurt teams from anywhere on the field and scored twice against DCU three weeks ago.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto FC 1-1 DC United – This is a tough one to call as Toronto look very good value at the moment but DC are hard to beat. Toronto to score is almost guaranteed but honours will likely end up even with a score draw in this one.