MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Toronto

NYCFC vs Toronto Preview and Prediction

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

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, July 12 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)

Match Odds: New York City FC 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 12/5

Match Preview

New York City FC entertain Toronto on Sunday in what could be one of the most viewed ties of weekend. The two sides are separated by just three points in the Eastern Conference.

New York City come into this one off the back of their 2-1 win away at Montreal Impact but they sit three points outside the playoff places and need to keep building on a good run of form.

Jason Kreis will be pleased with the last five regular season games, as he has seen his side pick up four wins and just one loss.

The NYCFC fans will be filled with excitement after the wait for Frank Lampard to make his debut should come to an end.

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David Villa has been in fine form so far this season and he has netted eight times and service for Villa should get even better with the arrival of Lampard.

Toronto come into this one after their 4-0 trouncing at the hands of LA Galaxy, a result Greg Vanney will want to move on from quickly.

That loss was their first in five away games and Vanney knows his side have been in good form on the road of late, something NYCFC will be more than aware of.

Vanney has seen his side win just two of their last five regular season outings and they are winless in their last two.

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Sebastian Giovinco has also netted eight so far in his debut season and he has been one of the most exciting players to watch since his arrival in MLS.

Team News

New York City FC will be without Tony Taylor and George John through injury. Connor Brandt, Jason Hernandez and Josh Williams are all doubts. Frank Lampard will be expected to make his debut.

Toronto have two injury concerns; Clement Simonin and Steven Caldwell are both out.

Key Points

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

Toronto’s last five: W/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco are both on eight goals so far this season.

Key Player: David Villa – Star striker Villa is in fine form and will want to show the NYCFC faithful he can overshadow Sebastian Giovinco.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 Toronto – A tight tie with New York City coming out on top.

About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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