Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, September 19 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Colorado Rapids 11/4
Currently sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference, Toronto look set to seal their first playoff appearance in MLS. Much of their success is down to the signing of Sebastian Giovinco, who is the favourite for the MLS MVP award come the end of the regular season.
Toronto’s recent form however, is leaving them with a bit to do yet to secure the playoff spot. They’ve lost six of their last nine and are without a clean sheet in their last four – worryingly poor form at this stage of the campaign.
A 2-0 loss at New York City on Wednesday night failed to improve their fortunes and there is now a lot of pressure on the team ahead of this clash.
They have been better at home though, conceding half the amount they have conceded away from home.
Toronto FC’s record in MLS: P28 – W11 – D4 – L13
Colorado will feel aggrieved by the playoff qualification rules of MLS due to the current position they lie in. Currently bottom of the Western Conference on 34 points, the Rapids would be in a playoff place if they competed in the Eastern Conference.
The Rapids haven’t endured the worst of seasons away from home, despite their current standing, and will travel to Canada confident of picking up a win.
They have, however, only managed to score eight away from home, which isn’t good enough in a league full of goals and will need to attack Toronto in this one to seal three points.
Colorado Rapids’ record in MLS: P28 – W8 – D10 – L10
Toronto FC remain without Mark Bloom, Daniel Lovitz and Clement Simonin through injury. Jackson Goncalves is doubtful with a quad injury and Benoit Cheyrou in nursing an ankle injury but should be fit to feature.
Colorado Rapids’ Luis Solignac has been ruled out as he is still suffering with a hamstring injury and defender Axel Sjoberg has an undisclosed injury.
Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/L/L/L
Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/W/W/L/D
Key Stat: Colorado have only managed to score in five of their 13 away games this season.
Key Player: Clint Irwin – The Rapids’ ‘keeper probably isn’t going to be the best player on the park but how well he plays will directly affect the outcome. If he can keep Giovinco and Jozy Altidore out, then the Rapids could leave with a point, or maybe three.
Toronto FC 0-0 Colorado Rapids – A boring prediction we know, but given the records and statistics gathered it would be wise to assume a low scoring affair. If we were going to pick a winner, Toronto are the more likely, but a scoreless draw is what we are predicting here.