Toronto FC are coming off a hard-fought draw in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. They have been in really good form since Altidore returned to action. They will now look to keep it up on Sunday, when they will play host to New York City FC. Oddly enough, the two teams are coming off 2-2 draws against Vancouver, but in different competitions.
Date/Time: 8-12-2018, 16:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto FC -0.25
Total: 3 Goals
Toronto FC (6-11-5) played a really passionate match on the road against Vancouver, and eventually escaped with a 2-2 draw. They struggled a bit in order to do so, but their opponents scored a late own goal for the final 2-2. Last week in the MLS, Toronto FC also played for a 2-2 draw on the road against Atlanta United. They are now undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions (4-0-2). They have finally escaped from the penultimate spot of the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC are now sitting at the 9th spot with 23 points, just as many as Orlando City and Chicago Fire. They could have done a better job at home, where they have won just four matches (4-4-2).
On the other hand, New York City FC (13-5-5) hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps last week, where the two teams split the points in a 2-2 draw. The visitors took an early lead, but had to score a late goal in order to escape with a point from that match. New York City FC have failed to win their last two, after a four-match winning streak. They have now dropped to the 3rd spot of the Eastern Conference, in a tie with the Red Bulls. They have been mediocre on the road so far (3-5-3), where they have won just one of their last nine in all competitions (1-6-2).
New York City FC defeated Toronto FC by 1-2 at home earlier in the season, and restored balance in this match-up (3-3-4). However, it was their first win in the last seven against Toronto FC (1-3-3). Even so, Toronto FC have the upper hand as hosts (2-1-1).
Toronto FC have been really improving lately, but they have the second leg of the Canadian Championship just a few days later. New York City FC can take advantage of the situation here and maybe steal some points.
MLS Toronto FC vs New York City FC Prediction: New York City FC +0.25 (-104)
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