Eastern Conference Predictions: MLS Week 32 – Playoff ranking battle continues

Eastern Conference Predictions: MLS Week 32 – With just two games remaining, the Eastern Conference top six has already been confirmed. Toronto FC have been crowned Supporters’ Shield champions, but there is still plenty for the rest of the top six to fight for ahead of the postseason.

The five Eastern Conference fixtures will kickoff at the same time on Sunday evening at 17:00 ET (22:00 BST). You’d be mistaken to think any of the teams in action will take it easy just because they have already secured a playoff spot. The battle for a second-placed finish goes on to secure a Knockout Round bye. Read on for all of this weekend’s Eastern Conference predictions: MLS week 32 is going to be an exciting one…

Toronto 3-1 Montreal Impact

The buzz around Toronto continues after being crowned Supporters’ Shield champions, but there is no time to take their foot off the gas. Montreal Impact have missed out on the playoffs in what has been an underwhelming season. The home side could be boosted with the return of Sebastian Giovinco, they’ll need him fit and inform if they’re to go the distance in the playoffs. Expect a TFC win.

Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew

Orlando’s 2017 campaign hasn’t been one to remember. Although they have missed out on the playoffs, this should be a special occasion. Kaka, who has been their captain since their inception to MLS, announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. This will be his final game. The Lions’ faithful will be holding out for him to sign off in style and make it a memorable ending. Columbus Crew will have no time for sentiment however, they’ll be looking to finish the season strongly as the playoffs loom.

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Atlanta United

This is possibly one of the most important fixtures in the Eastern Conference this weekend. Atlanta can still finish second. They trail NYCFC by three points with two games remaining. They’ll be hoping to secure second place to get the reward of a bye in what has been an incredible debut season. NYCFC will be holding out for their rivals to do them a favour. It was a healthy win last time out for Red Bulls. They look likely to finish 6th in the conference, but that won’t be a concern to them, with a playoff place secured.

New England Revolution 1-3 New York City

As mentioned, New York City are sitting second in the East. The Knockout Round bye is theirs to lose as things stand. This is New England’s last home game of the 2017 season. It hasn’t exactly been what the doctor ordered for the Revs faithful. They need to give their fans something to be cheerful of to sign off 2017 as their countdown to next season beings early. In all honesty, NYCFC should be looking to take three points here and likely confirm second place.

Chicago Fire 2-1 Philadelphia Union

Who would have thought this time last season Chicago would be in the playoffs a year later? The Fire have been impressive in 2017 and have rightfully booked their place in the postseason. Philadelphia have nothing left to play for other than pride. If it’s any conciliation to their fans, they can’t finish bottom of the East, as DC United have got that locked down. We predict Chicago to make it three games without a loss and pick up another home win.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

BMO Field – Saturday, September 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – NY Red Bulls 9/2

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Preview

Toronto FC welcome the New York Red Bulls to BMO Field on Saturday evening, looking to end their two-game losing streak and secure a first Supporters’ Shield title.

The Reds need three points to guarantee a top-placed finish after an excellent season. They have looked vulnerable in their past two games, but the absences of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco are valid excuses for those defeats.

Toronto are on 62 points, seven in front of NYCFC coming into the weekend. They need to reach 65 points to guarantee the Supporters’ Shield win, but they could still wrap up the win regardless, depending on NYCFC and Atlanta’s results on Saturday.

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What is clear is that Toronto have been the best side in MLS this season. They are heading into the playoffs as the team to beat and will be looking to go one further than last year’s heartbreaking penalty shootout loss.

The Red Bulls can’t make any postseason plans until they knuckle down and secure their spot. They’ve not won in nine-straight MLS outings and have seemingly been doing all they can to let those in behind put pressure on.

Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with DC United was a prime example of what’s gone wrong for the Red Bulls in recent weeks. They came back to lead 3-2 heading into the final minutes, but a Fidel Escobar own goal in stoppage time saw the game end 3-3.

Jesse Marsch’s men are still four points clear of Montreal coming into the weekend. They should be able to wrap up a top six finish, especially with back-to-back home games coming up after Saturday’s trip to Toronto.

But the worry is that they have no real form to be optimistic about if they do indeed lock down their playoff spot. They still have four regular season games to play though. The job will now be to start performing better at a pivotal stage of the campaign.

This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. They shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena back in May. Toronto haven’t won any of their last three games against the Red Bulls.

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Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Team News

Toronto are set to still be without Benoit Cheyrou, although Greg Vanney has said he may have a fully fit squad to choose from. That should mean Jozy Altidore and Nick Hagglund return, with Sebastian Giovinco a doubt.

The New York Red Bulls received a boost on Wednesday as Daniel Royer made his long-awaited return from injury. But Aurelien Collin is still out, while Gideon Baah is out for the season. The same applies for Mike Grella, who won’t play again in 2017. Gonzalo Veron will be pushing for a start after making a positive impact off the bench on Wednesday.

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/L/D

Key Stat: Toronto have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. They haven’t lost three consecutive MLS games since the end of the 2015 season.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – If the Red Bulls are to get three points here, they’ll need BWP to be on song. He has scored in his last two away games and will be confident given Toronto’s recent defensive lapses.

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction

Toronto FC 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The last two games between these two have ended all square. We see that trend continuing on Saturday evening. Toronto still need three points to guarantee the Supporters’ Shield title, and they will want to prevent a three-game losing streak as the playoffs edge closer. The Red Bulls need to try and secure their playoff spot. They have been struggling of late and haven’t been able to pick up wins. A point at BMO Field would be a positive result, with back-to-back home games coming up next.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

BMO Field – Wednesday, September 20 – [19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/11 – Draw 15/4 – Montreal 6/1

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Preview

Toronto FC take on Montreal Impact in the penultimate 401 Derby clash of the 2017 regular season. The two rivals come into the game in contrasting form, with Toronto on a red hot streak and Montreal really struggling.

Toronto made it six wins on the bounce with a 4-0 demolition over LA Galaxy on Saturday night. That away win was made even more impressive when you consider Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco didn’t travel to California.

Don’t miss: Will Toronto break the record for the highest MLS points tally?

The Reds are closing in on their first-ever Supporters’ Shield title. They are 11 points clear of NYCFC in second place. They need five points to guarantee top spot, with their playoff place already confirmed.

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Montreal fell 3-2 at home to Minnesota on Saturday night, making it four-straight losses. The Impact found a bit of form through August, winning four on the spin. But since then, they’ve reversed their form and dropped four consecutive games.

They are six points outside the top six with six games to play. Failure to win on Wednesday night would leave them with a mountain to climb if they’re to make the postseason.

After making the playoffs for the past two seasons, it would be a serious step backwards for the franchise if they failed to make the top six this term. But that concern will likely become a reality with a loss at their rivals here.

Toronto won the reverse fixture 3-1 last month, with goals from Giovinco (2) and Altidore proving too much. The Reds also beat Montreal over two legs to win the Canadian Championship back in June.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Team News

Toronto FC should welcome back star attacking duo Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco here after both were rested for the trip to LA. Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund are both ruled out through injury once again. Greg Vanney might make changes to his side again here, with a trip to New England coming up on Saturday.

Montreal Impact’s only injury absentee remains Ambroise Oyongo, as he is ruled out for the season. The Impact face a tricky trip to Atlanta United on Sunday night and might have to rotate the squad here as a result.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: It’s been almost a year since Toronto FC lost a home game during the regular season. Their last defeat came in October last year, when DC United picked up a 2-1 victory at BMO Field.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant was rested for the weekend trip to LA but he should be back and ready to attack Montreal on Wednesday. He has played more games against Montreal than against any other team in his career, scoring eight in 14 against them.

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Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact: Prediction

Toronto FC 3-0 Montreal Impact – The fact is, Toronto FC are the best side in MLS right now. They are riding a six-game win streak and haven’t lost for two-and-a-half months. Montreal, on the other hand, have lost four-straight games and look to be in trouble. Their playoff hopes are fading fast and defeat here would leave them up against it. But with such a contrast in form between these rivals, it’s tough to see anything other than a convincing home win.

Will Toronto break the record for the highest MLS points tally?

Toronto FC are on course to record the highest MLS points tally in history. They won 4-0 against at LA at the weekend, taking them to 62 points for the 2017 regular season.

LA Galaxy’s 68 points is the current record for the highest MLS points tally in one season. That came back in 1998, but Toronto only need seven points from five games to better it.

Greg Vanney’s side have been impressive this season. Their recent form shows exactly why they are closing in on the record. They have won six games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 11.

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Hunt for the highest MLS points tally – Toronto’s remaining fixtures:

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Atlanta United vs Toronto FC

Previous results:

Toronto picked up eight points from the fixtures they have already played against the teams they are due to face. As mentioned, they only need seven points to break the record.

While this theory is only hypothetical it gives some grounding that they stand a good chance on previous results alone.

Home form:

Their remaining fixtures also give them a strong chance given that they have three games at BMO Field. Toronto have won 11 of their 14 home games this season, drawing the other three.

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Though it is difficult to predict the outcome of MLS fixtures, Toronto fans must be feeling confident that they can break the record. Although it will be an exciting record to hold, Toronto will be more focused on winning the Supporter’s Shield and continuing their good form as they head into the playoffs.

If breaking the record comes down to their final game of the season it will be some spectacle at the impressive Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Do you think Toronto will break the record for the highest points tally in MLS history? 

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Major League Soccer: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

Stade Saputo – Sunday, August 27 – 16:30 ET (21:30 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal 7/4 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 13/10

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Preview

Sunday afternoon sees Montreal Impact take on Toronto FC in the first regular season meeting between the two in 2017.

Montreal are in a great run of form. They are on a four-game winning streak and confidence is high in the squad. They have won seven of their last eight home games, so Toronto have a challenge on their hands here.

Despite good form, Montreal Impact are sitting 6th in the East. Anything less than a playoff finish will be considered a poor season from this point on.

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Toronto are frontrunners to pick up the Supporters’ Shield. Greg Vanney’s side are six points clear of the chasing pack but they cannot afford any slip ups.

The Reds have only lost three away games this season, a league low. They are going to have to find a way to stop Montreal’s key player, Ignacio Piatti, if they are to avoid defeat this weekend.

There should be goals in this one, the two have netted 93 between them, with Toronto scoring a league high 52 of those. Their deadly strike duo, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have a combined 23.

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Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Team News

Ambroise Oyongo is the only notable absentee for the Impact in this one.

Toronto are expecting to be without both Benoit Cheyrou and Nick Hagglund.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Key Points

Montreal’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Toronto have lost just once in their last 11 regular season games, winning seven and drawing three.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to deliver the goods against Toronto’s rivals, who are in fine form. He has found the back of the net 13 times this season, four of those have come in his last five appearances.

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC: Prediction

Montreal Impact 2-2 Toronto FC – A score draw, which wouldn’t be the worst result for either side. The Impact are climbing the Eastern Conference and avoiding defeat is going to be key. Toronto have scored 15 goals in their last five games, while Montreal have scored 11. Goals look to be on the cards here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers

BMO Field – Saturday, August 12 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – Portland 15/4

Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers: Preview

Toronto FC welcome Portland Timbers to BMO Field on Saturday evening, as they look to extend their lead at the top of the standings.

The Reds are on course for a first Supporters’ Shield title. They have a three-point lead over their nearest chasers but know how quickly things can change in MLS. Their main focus will be continuing to pick up points to prevent the lead from slipping over the final weeks.

Toronto come into the weekend unbeaten in five games. They had to settle for a 1-1 draw away at DC United last weekend. But they’ve won eight of their last nine home games in MLS and remain undefeated at BMO Field all year.

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Portland Timbers picked up an important 3-1 win over LA Galaxy last Sunday. That result moved them up to fifth in the West and they are back on track for a playoff spot.

Caleb Porter knows how tough a game this will be for his side. They have never won away at Toronto and have only won one of their last ten road games in MLS.

The Timbers have back-to-back home games against the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids coming up after Saturday’s game. They know they have a better chance of picking up wins in those matches. But that should mean they can have a free roll of the dice at Toronto here.

This will be the only regular season meeting between the two sides this season. Their only chance of meeting again before the year’s up would be if they face off for the 2018 MLS Cup in December. That can’t be ruled out. But goals are expected in what should be an open contest on Saturday.

Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers: Team News

Toronto remain without Steven Beitashour, Benoit Cheyrou and Oyvind Alseth. Other than those three, Greg Vanney has a full squad to choose from.

Portland will be without Roy Miller after he picked up a suspension for yellow card accumulation in Sunday’s win over LA Galaxy. Amobi Okugo and Vytas are doubts. Chance Myers, Gbenga Arokoyo and Marco Farfan are all ruled out through injury.

Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/D/D/W/D

Portland Timbers’ last five: D/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Portland have yet to win an away game at Toronto in MLS. The Reds have won three of the four previous clashes at BMO Field, outscoring the Timbers 8-4.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant has hit form at the perfect time for Toronto FC. He has scored 11 goals with five assists in 18 games this season. Five of those goals have come in his last seven games. Portland have the fifth-worst defensive record in MLS this season, so don’t be surprised if Giovinco punishes them.

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Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers: Prediction

Toronto FC 3-1 Portland Timbers – This should be a really entertaining game between two of the league’s most attacking sides. The Reds are favourites and should extend their lead at the top of the standings. They have the second-best home record in MLS in 2017 and Portland have never won a game at BMO Field. The hosts are top of the table for a reason, so expect them to prove too strong here.

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

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs New York City FC

BMO Field – Sunday, July 30 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 3/1

Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Preview

Toronto FC vs New York City FC. It’s quickly becoming one of Major League Soccer’s standout fixtures. The two Eastern Conference contenders will go head-to-head for the second time in 11 days on Sunday afternoon, this time at BMO Field.

The pair drew 2-2 at Yankee Stadium on July 19 off the back of the Gold Cup break. But both sides felt they could have won the game. A contentious disallowed goal hurt Toronto, before NYCFC let a 2-1 lead slip in stoppage time, as Victor Vazquez earned TFC a point from the penalty spot.

Expect more drama on Sunday. Toronto come into the weekend at the top of the standings. They have 40 points and are on course for a first Supporters’ Shield title if they can keep their form going over the final 13 games of the regular season.

Last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Colorado ended their seven-game home win streak in MLS. But they will be confident of getting three points here, with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Justin Morrow back from the Gold Cup.

New York City FC picked up a massive win as they beat Chicago Fire 2-1 in a key clash at the top of the East last Saturday. They need to try and pick up another rivals’ scalp again here, knowing they’ll go level on points with Toronto if they leave with all three points.

Patrick Vieira’s men have won four of their last six games. They are in good form and will surely be playing postseason soccer for the second-straight year.

Last season’s Conference Semifinal humiliation to Toronto will still be in the memory of the NYCFC faithful. The Reds were far too good in that 7-0 aggregate win. However, they’ve yet to beat New York City in six regular season attempts.

This will be the final regular season clash between the pair in 2017. Although don’t be surprised to see them battling out in the playoffs come October.

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Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Team News

Toronto FC will hope to be able to start Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Jozy Altidore. The trio have all returned to Toronto after winning the Gold Cup with the USA on Wednesday night. However, Greg Vanney has been dealt a blow as Benoit Cheyrou is out for eight weeks. Steven Beitashour remains out.

New York City FC will be without Maxime Chanot for the second week running. But Ben Sweat has been confirmed as fit after recovering from last week’s head injury. Khiry Shelton, Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo and Rodney Wallace all remain sidelined. Yangel Herrera is suspended, so Andrea Pirlo may come into the starting lineup.

Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/L/W/D/D

NYCFC’s last five: W/W/L/D/W

Key Stat: Toronto FC have yet to win a regular season game against New York City FC in six previous attempts. They’ve drawn four and lost two of those clashes.

Key Player: Victor Vazquez – Even though all eyes will be on Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa, Vazquez could prove to be the difference-maker. The Spanish playmaker has four goals and ten assists in MLS this season. He created five chances in the 1-1 draw with Colorado last weekend and will look to unlock NYCFC here.

Toronto FC vs New York City FC: Prediction

Toronto FC 2-2 New York City FC – The draw at Yankee Stadium 11 days ago didn’t suit either side. The same would apply here, but that’s how we see this ending. Toronto haven’t lost at home since last October, while NYCFC have only lost one of their last six. Both sides are at the top end of the standings for a reason. And both could well cancel each other out in what should be a fascinating encounter on Sunday.

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

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.

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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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, July 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto FC 13/5

Match Preview

Table-topping Toronto FC travel to Texas this weekend to take on FC Dallas in a battle between two Major League Soccer heavyweights.

The meeting between the two sides last season saw Toronto come out on top in a 1-0 win at BMO field but they know they’ve got their work cut out if their to claim a first ever MLS win at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas will be searching for a desperate victory after a recent run of form that is below expectations. With just one win from their last eight league outings, they have been well off the pace and must start improving here if they are to be in contention for the Supporters’ Shield come the end of the regular season.

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The current run has seen Sporting Kansas City leapfrog Dallas to top of the Western Conference, and given Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers a way back into the battle for the West title. A change in form is needed and playing the league’s top side is not ideal when three points are of urgent need for Oscar Pareja’s men.

The other issue is that Dallas are without three key men for Saturday’s game. Walker Zimmerman is injured, while fellow defender Matt Hedges is away with the US Men’s National Team, alongside midfielder Kellyn Acosta so squad depth will be seriously tested here.


Toronto are, as mentioned, the top side at the moment. Boasting a strike force of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore should of course demand such results, but a lot has to be said of their defence. Conceding only 15 goals in 17 games in such an attacking league has to be commended.

If it wasn’t for the amazing form of Chicago Fire, we feel Toronto would gain even more credit for the performances they are showing. A battle for the Eastern Conference is heating up between the two sides and is expected to remain close through the second half of the season.

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The Reds will come into this game in high spirits after win a second successive Canadian Championship title on Wednesday night, thanks to a dramatically late Giovinco goal. That result will have kept confidence high but Greg Vanney knows there is a risk they will be fatigued.

This is a huge clash between two sides going for Conference titles, so drama drama, and hopefully and few goals are to be expected at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening.

Team News

FC Dallas have only one man missing through injury as Walker Zimmerman is still out with a knee problem. However, they are going to be without Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta, as both are away with the USMNT in preparation for the Gold Cup.

Toronto FC are also missing a defender with a knee injury as Nick Hagglund is still suffering and won’t be involved here. Justin Morrow will be the team’s only absentee as a result of Gold Cup participation this weekend.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/L/D/D

Toronto FC’s last five: D/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: FC Dallas have only lose two of their last 26 home matches in the league.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – Italian genius Giovinco has had a quiet year by his standards so far. But he has been improving in recent weeks and was instrumental as ever in Wednesday’s Canadian Championship win. We expect him to improve dramatically as Toronto hunt down that elusive first MLS Cup crown.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 1-2 Toronto FC – Toronto look far too strong this term for a Dallas side which has been unusually average by their standards in recent weeks and is missing some key men for this clash.. This is likely to be a tense affair but if either side is going to edge it, it looks more likely to be Toronto.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 3 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England  11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 85/40

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC to Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening with the sides separated by 12 points.

The Revs are sitting in 8th and are off the pace. They haven’t won in two and trail the top six by three points. They come into this one having scored late on against NYCFC to earn a share of the spoils.

Gillette Stadium has been good to New England. They have only lost two of their last ten home fixtures but this one is going to be a test for them, even with some notable absentees for Toronto.

Toronto FC are flying at the top of the East and are also five points clear at in the Supporter’s Shield standings, but they have work to do.

As mentioned they have are going to be without key players this weekend. Strike partners Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will not be leading the line, the pair have contributed 12 of Toronto’s 26 goals this season.

But Toronto are the in form side in MLS, they have not lost in eight games and were only one off making it a 100% record in that run. They have proved they are more than capable without their key strike force, as they come into this one having dispatched Columbus by five goals to nil, so confidence is high.

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Team News

New England Revolution are set to be with a near fully fit squad ahead of the visit from Toronto as Xavier Kouassi is their only absentee.

Toronto FC are looking likely to be without both Sebastian Giovinco and Nick Hagglund through injury. Giovinco has returned to training but is unlikely to be risked. Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are both away on international duty.

Key Points

New England’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Toronto’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: New England have won eight of their last ten home games in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revs playmaker has contributed to ten goals this season, six goals and four assists. He will be looking to unlock the Toronto defence here and provide the spark New England need to take a positive result.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 Toronto FC – Although Toronto have some key faces missing from their starting XI it still seems unlikely that they will lose here. New England have been solid at home and both teams know how to find the back of the net. Score draw.