Toronto FC meet the Portland Timbers in MLS action at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds had a 4-3 win at home to Minnesota United last weekend, in an entertaining game in which they were twice behind. Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordan Hamilton each scored twice for Toronto. The Spaniard scored twice in a couple of minutes in the first-half, while Hamilton did the same just a few minutes after coming off the bench in the second-half.
The Portland Timbers scored twice in four minutes of the first half to help win their first game of the season with a 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew and end a five-game losing streak in doing so. Larrys Mabiala and Jeremy Ebobisse scored the goals to put the Timbers in charge, with Jorge Moreira sealing the win in the first minute of stoppage-time.
In fairness to the Portland Timbers, last season’s MLS Cup runners-up, they are starting the season with a 12-game road trip.
Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers Lines & Pick
Toronto FC have taken 10 points from four home games this season to date, so home-field advantage has to be a significant factor when making your MLS predictions in this match.
Due to the fact that there are a number of midweek MLS games taking place, there are no betting lines available for the weekend matches at the time of writing. However, notwithstanding the fact that last weekend’s win at Columbus Crew might just prove a turning point for Portland, Toronto look the team to be with on the Match Result betting odds.
The Reds are scoring plenty of goals this season, but they are not the best defensively. That being the case, the tip in this game looks to be in the Match Result & Both Teams to Score (BTTS) market, and to back the line on ‘Toronto FC to Win & Yes’ option.
A 2-1 win for Toronto looks a fair possibility in the Correct Score betting market, while Jozy Altidore is our pick as an Anytime Goalscorer bet.