Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Orlando City
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, August 22 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – Orlando City 100/30
With one win in four, Toronto are suffering with a dip in form at a bad time. But they should still have enough to get into the top six, providing they return to winning ways on Saturday in front of their own fans.
After finishing outside the playoff spots in every MLS season so far, Toronto will be desperate to make sure that record ends this year, especially after they’ve enjoyed some special moments this term with Sebastian Giovinco turning the club into a real force.
Toronto FC’s record in MLS: P23 – W9 – D4 – L10Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City have enjoyed an average season so far, but a playoff berth would top off a good inaugural season in MLS.
However, they haven’t been impressive recently, as they have lost their last three matches away from home.
They have struggled with injuries and squad options have been limited, with players like Cyle Larin and Kaka having to be relied on more than usual.
Orlando City’s record in MLS: P25 W7 D7 L11Embed from Getty Images
Adrian Heath’s Lions are three points behind fifth-placed Toronto going into the weekend and will be looking to gain revenge for their 4-1 loss at BMO Field at the start of the month.
Toronto FC will be without Mark Bloom as he is out for the season. Damien Perquis and Luke Moore are both doubts.
Orlando City will be without as many as six players with Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan, Tony Cascio, Brek Shea, Harrison Heath and Rafael Ramos all out through injury. Tyler Turner and Darwin Ceren are suspended.
Toronto FC’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/L
Orlando City’s last five in MLS: L/W/L/D/L
Key Stat: Orlando City have conceded at least four goals in their last three away games. Leaky.
Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian has been sensational so far this season and is the brightest spark in a very attacking Toronto side. ‘Seba’ is also the favourite for the MLS MVP award this year and after bagging a hat-trick against Orlando three weeks ago, he will be high in spirits.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto FC 1-0 Orlando City – It will be a tight affair and we’re expecting both sides to attack from the outset. Toronto have been strong at home and we expect them to take the three points come Saturday night.