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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union

Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, July 18 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Philadelphia Union 12/5

Match Preview

Toronto FC play hosts to Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in game where both sides will be desperate for three points, as both are chasing a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto come into the tie the worse off of the two in terms of form as they have managed only one win in their last five outings.

However, with Sebastian Giovinco in unstoppable form, they remain a constant threat to most defences. Plus the return of Jozy Altidore will only strengthen Greg Vanney’s options.

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Toronto FC’s 2015 record in MLS: P17 – W7 – D3 – L7

Philadelphia come into the clash unbeaten in their last three in MLS, including two impressive wins over Seattle and Portland.

They have struggled away from home though, having not registered a road win since May 24 – a run of two straight losses have followed, including a heavy 5-1 defeat to LA Galaxy in their last away game in MLS.

Philadelphia Union’s 2015 record in MLS: P20 – W6 – D4 – L10

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This will be the second of three meetings between the two this season. Toronto sealed a 1-0 win in Philadelphia back in early May thanks to a Giovinco free-kick and the Reds will therefore fancy their chances again here.

Team News

Toronto FC will be without Clement Simonin through injury. Ashton Morgan, Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley are all away on international duty. Jozy Altidore could feature after being cut from the USMNT earlier this week.

Philadelphia Union may be missing Michael Lahoud, Fernando Aristeguieta, Eric Bird and Steven Vitoria as they remain doubts. Maurice Edu is unavailable due to suspension in what could be a pivotal absence.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: L/W/D/L/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia have won only one of their last eleven away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian is in sensational form as of late and we struggle to see him having anything but a huge impact on the result here. Expect him to build on last week’s hat-trick with at least another goal here.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 2-0 Philadelphia Union – We expect Toronto to be too strong for the visiting Union here. Expect them to win comfortably and expect a better defensive display than in that 4-4 draw at New York City last weekend.

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