Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC start the new MLS season on Saturday afternoon, with the pair meeting at the Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union made Mexican star Marco Fabian their highest-paid player in club history when signing him from Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Union could take a while to adjust to a shift in tactics that has seen them move from last season’s 4-2-3-1 to a high-pressing 4-4-2 diamond formation. Even so, another shot at the MLS playoffs is the minimum expectation for Philly this season.
Last season Toronto’s campaign was undermined by numerous injuries and their hopes for the new season haven’t been helped by the departures of Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vazquez.
There’s still some talented players on the Toronto roster. However, Giovinco is a massive loss and the general consensus is that the likes of Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley will need to be at the top of their game if they are to make the playoffs this season. Belgian central defender Laurent Ciman should add some stability to the backline.
Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC Betting Lines
The line on the Match Result for this game has Philadelphia Union at -133.33 with bet365, the draw at +310 with 888sport and Toronto FC at +333 with bet365.
Predictions on games at the start of a new season are never easy, as it can take a few games for new players and tactics to settle in, but the home advantage has to be taken into account here, so we’re making Union our pick to start the season with a win.
If looking for a Correct Score bet for some added value, a 2-1 win for Union can be bet at odds of +750 with bet365, while Cory Burke is worth consideration at +140 with 888sport in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
Pick: Match Result – Philadelphia Union to win @ +333 (Bet365)
* Odds correct at the time of writing