Philadelphia Union vs Toronto: Preview and Predictions

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto MLS Match Preview 9th June 2018 by LeagueLane

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC
Major League Soccer
Date: Saturday, 9th June 2018
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester).

Pressure is on Greg Vanney after Toronto FC were once again exposed at the back and squandered a 3-0 lead to settle for a 3-3 draw away at Crew SC last week. The team has so far managed a humble 11points from their 12 matches so far and sit second from the bottom in the Eastern Conference table.

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TFC are 8 points outside the play-off zone and are coming up against a Philadelphia Union side who are a point behind Orlando City on 6th place.

Philadelphia were well-beaten at Atlanta United on a 3-1 margin last time. Many would argue that this could have been a different result if Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya were not sent off after 19 minutes from kick-off. But the result is otherwise an understatement of their away form this season – 1 win, 1 draw and 5 losses from 7 games so far.

At the same time, Jim Curtin’s side are producing some solid performances at home lately. They were victorious in the last three at the Talen Energy Stadium and were lethal in front of goal netting 10 times.

The Union are without two key midfield players for Saturday’s clash, but TFC are without a doubt the worst travelers in the country. The Canadian side are yet to register an away win, lost 4 before the high-scoring drama at Crew SC last Sunday. Besides, they conceded 14 goals in the process, the average of 2.8 goals per game is worst by a road team in the league.

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto Head-to-head

  • TFC has dominated this fixture since 2015 and 7 games and drew 2 in a 9 match unbeaten streak.
    The corresponding league fixture at Philadelphia was a 2-2 stalemate.
  • Seven of the last 8 h2h meetings between Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC saw 3 or more goals, both teams scored in 6 of those.
  • Toronto won 2 and drew 1 during their last three visits to the Talen Energy Stadium.
  • But, the Union were unbeaten Union in 6 h2h home fixture prior to that with 4 wins and 2 draws.

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto Predictions

Toronto’s defense is all over the place and they can be considered as the worst defensive unit on the road at this moment after letting in 14 goals in five outings, 2 or more goals in 4 of those.

The Union are growing in confidence after a poor start and have the momentum after registering three consecutive home wins. It is true that TFC had dominated this MLS fixture in the last three years. But this will end on Friday night.

We can also bank on a high scoring game when these two sides meet as Philadelphia are not a side known for defensive stability as they conceded at least once in their last 5 games here.

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto Betting Tips

  • Both teams to Score & Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 odds.
  • Philadelphia to win priced at 2.60 odd is for brave punters.

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