Columbus Crew vs Toronto: Preview and Predictions

Columbus Crew vs Toronto MLS Match Preview 3rd June 2018 by LeagueLane

Columbus Crew vs Toronto
Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 3rd June 2018
Kick-Off at 00:30 UK / 01:30 CET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.

Toronto just can’t seem to find the right shape at the start of the new season as they’ve lost as many as 7 of the opening 11 league ties so far. Things will hardly get any better for the reigning champions on Saturday evening when they have to play the in-form second-placed Columbus Crew away at MAPFRE Stadium.

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The Black & Gold own the league’s best defensive record with just 10 goals conceded in 14 games so far. They are undefeated in seven consecutive games in the MLS and they did not allow a single goal in last five league outings. The streak included the mid-week goalless draw against the Western Conference leaders Sporting KC.

Columbus Crew vs Toronto: Head-to-head

  • Columbus were the superior side in the history of the head to head ties against the Reds.
  • The Black & Gold won 15, drew 11 and lost 9 of 35 matches against Toronto.
  • Interestingly, none of last four head to head games saw goals at both ends.
  • Columbus won 10 and lost only 4 of 19 home meetings with the Reds.

Columbus Crew vs Toronto: Prediction

The visitors continued to struggle without their key man up front Jozy Altidore. The US striker will miss this trip to Ohio as well through injury leaving the reigning champions in a very tough position ahead of the clash with the league’s best defensive line. Greg Vanney’s men lost three of last four league matches and they are yet to avoid a defeat on the road in this term of the MLS having lost each of past four away games so far.

The home win is thus the only logical betting option and you can have it at the fairly acceptable 1.90 odds. The hosts are also worth backing to keep their sixth straight clean sheet here at the odds of 2.75.

Columbus Crew vs Toronto: Betting Tips

  • Columbus Crew to win @ 1.90
  • Columbus Crew to keep a clean sheet @ 2.75.

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