Last week’s record:
Philadelphia vs. Columbus
Eight of the past 11 times these two teams have played both teams have scored. The Union won 2-0 in their first game of the season though it was against a New England squad who had both CBs shown red cards. Across all competitions the Union have only failed to score at home once in their past 11 tries and now welcome the always dangerous Daivd Accam to their lineup this year.
Columbus have roared out of the gates with two wins in two, beating Toronto on the road 2-0 in Week 1 and following that up with a 3-2 win at home to Montreal last week. New signing Gyasi Zardes has been hot to start the year with three goals already.
Pick: BTTS -200
Montreal vs. Toronto
The 401 Derby renews its’ rivalry this afternoon.
In their last matchup Toronto slipped by with a narrow 1-0 win, but prior to that seven straight meetings between these two teams saw both teams score. In fact in the most recent two games before that 1-0 Toronto win, 12 goals were scored combined.
Toronto is sitting in an unexpected last place in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve only played one game and it was sandwiched between two Champions League games. Speaking of, TFC will be coming off a huge high from progressing past Tigres earlier this week. Though Toronto ended up losing the match in Mexico, they progressed through away goals. Surely some players will get rested this afternoon after the trip to Mexico but Head Coach Greg Vanney would be wise to keep some of his regulars in the lineup for this matchup with their rival.
It’s no surprise that Montreal is lower in the standings too, actually only one spot above Toronto in the East. Montreal is still sorting out their defence and have seen their net bulge five times in their past two games. However any team with Ignacio Piatti and Matteo Mancosu up front will always be dangerous—especially considering Toronto will likely be without defenders Justin Morrow and Chris Mavinga who both were injured down in Monterrey.
Pick: BTTS -163
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