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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Toronto FC

A key battle at the top of the Eastern Conference as New York City FC welcome Toronto FC to Yankee Stadium

NYCFC vs Toronto Preview and Prediction NYCFC vs Toronto Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs Toronto FC

Yankee Stadium – Wednesday, July 19 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
 
Match Odds: New York 5/6  – Draw 13/5 – Toronto 14/5

New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Preview

New York City welcome Toronto to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night in a key game in the Eastern Conference. The two sides are separated by five points as they continue to battle in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Patrick Vieira’s side have been giving a good account of themselves this season. They’re sitting third and are on course for their highest points tally since their inception into Major League Soccer.

NYCFC have been scoring freely. They have netted at least two goals in their last six matches, however they could find it hard to continue that run here. Toronto have conceded the joint least amount of goals in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto FC will want to continue where they left off on the road. They won 3-1 on their last travels at Orlando. They are locked level on 38 points at the top of the East.

TFC are in for a tough visit to Yankee Stadium. They face an NYCFC side who haven’t lost in five at home, so if they come away with all three points it will be a huge result.

Greg Vanney will be expecting his side to avoid defeat at the very least. The last time Toronto visited Yankee Stadium they won 5-0 with a Sebastian Giovinco hat-trick, however this is a much improved New York City side.

New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Team News

New York City are expecting to be without three players for this one as Khiry Shelton and Ronald Matarrita are out, while Yangel Herrera remains a doubt. Miguel Camargo is away at the Gold Cup with Panama, while Rodney Wallace is with Costa Rica. Sean Johnson has been released from the USA squad and should start.

Toronto will be without both Steven Beitashour and Nick Hagglund as they continue to recover from long-term injuries. They will be a miss. TFC also have a whole host away at the Gold Cup. Armando Cooper, Raheem Edwards, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Tosaint Ricketts, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are all absent. This is going to be a test for a squad stretched to the limit.

New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/W/W/W/L
Toronto’s last five: L/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: Home form – New York City have won their last three on the bounce at Yankee Stadium.
Key Player: David Villa – A key match up here is David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco. The Spaniard is in good form and will be relied on to push his side to victory.

New York City FC vs Toronto FC – David Villa celebrates

New York City FC vs Toronto FC: Prediction

New York City FC 2-2 Toronto FC – Nothing to separate the two sides in a score draw. City will want to close the gap but they know how tough Toronto will be to break down. A solid away point for TFC.

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About Lewis Addley (606 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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