Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: BMO Field – Wednesday, October 14 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Toronto FC 13/8 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 6/4
The home side come into this one off the back of their 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union, their third victory on the bounce.
Toronto sit 5th in the Eastern Conference and have all but sealed their first ever playoff place, which they have fought hard to earn this regular season.
If Toronto can manage to take all three points from this tie they will rocket up to second place, so there is a lot to play for here.Embed from Getty Images
New York Red Bulls are leading the way in the Supporters’ Shield standings and will be aiming to win this one to take a huge step closer to securing the silverware.
NYRB are three points ahead of FC Dallas and LA Galaxy, both on 51 points, in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, so they will not want to give the chasers the chance to close that gap.
They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 home win over Montreal Impact. Red Bulls have won three of their last five and will want to see out the rest of the regular season in strong form.
The visitors will feel confident heading into this one as they won the previous meeting in the season, 3-0, but will know this isn’t going to be an easy tie.
Toronto FC are without Mark Bloom and Clement Simonin through injury, while Daniel Lovitz is a doubt – other than that they have no fresh injury concerns.
New York Red Bulls are expected to be without three as Chris Duvall, Roy Miller and Anatole Abang are out. Matt Miazga is suspended, while Felipe Martins and Damien Perrinelle are both one booking away from suspension.
Toronto FC’s last five: L/L/W/W/W
New York Red Bulls’ last five: L/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: Clinical – Toronto have scored at least three goals in their last three home games in MLS.
Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The NYRB talisman has netted 15 goals in 31 appearances this campaign and scored in the previous meeting between the sides.
Toronto FC 1-1 New York Red Bulls – Both sides to take a cautious approach and cancel each other out.