Toronto FC take on DC United in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, First Round at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
TFC, the 2017 MLS champions, returns to the postseason after a one-year absence. The winner of this match will meet New York City FC, the top team in the East, on October 23 at the Yankee Stadium.
A late decision will be made on the availability of striker Jozy Altidore, who has had a thigh strain. In 23 appearances across all competitions for the Reds this season, the 29 year-old USA international has scored 11 goals, so his inclusion would be a major benefit.
One significant factor for DC United is that their captain, Wayne Rooney, will be leaving the club at the end of the current season and returning to England to join Championship side Derby County in January 2020. That could give them extra motivation here.
Toronto FC vs DC United Betting Lines & Prediction
With the Reds having lost three important games on penalty kicks in recent years, one concern for Toronto is that penalty shootouts will decide any playoff match if the score is tied through 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time.
Toronto know what’s required in the playoffs and that experience, along with home advantage, has to be a factor in predictions for this game.
In the Match Result betting lines, Toronto are warm favourites at odds of -182 (1.55) with Betway Sports, with the draw at +333 (4.33) with bet365 and the betting line on DC United set at +500 (6.00) with bet365.
At those MLS betting odds we prefer to have a Correct Score bet for the tip, with a 2-1 win for the Reds on offer at +700 (8.00) with 888Sport being the pick.