Toronto vs. Chicago
|Date & Time||Friday April 21, 2017, 5:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago +390 / Toronto -135 -- Over/Under:
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The Chicago Fire and Toronto FC meet Friday in MLS action at BMO Field.
The Chicago Fire look to keep the ball rolling after earning points in three straight matches and outscoring opponents 4-0 in the last two matches. The Chicago Fire are averaging 1.5 goals per match while allowing 1.2 goals per match. Nemanja Nikolić leads the Fire with four goals, David Accam has two assists and Bastian Schweinsteiger has eight shot attempts. Defensively, Jorge Bava has come away with 13 saves on 19 shots faced. The Chicago Fire have scored at least one goal in five of their last six matches and have pitched shutouts in three of those games overall. The downside is the Chicago Fire are being outscored by an average of two goals per match on the road this season.
Toronto FC look for another solid performance after earning points in five of its first six matches. Toronto FC are averaging 1.2 goals per match while allowing one goal per match. Jozy Altidore leads Toronto with three goals, Victor Vazquez has three assists and Sebastian Giovinco has 23 shot attempts. Defensively, Alex Bono has come away with nine saves on 13 shots faced. Toronto FC is coming off its first negative result, which was a 2-1 loss to Columbus last week. The good news for Toronto FC is that the defense remains excellent, as this team hasn’t allowed more than two goals in eight straight matches when you include last year's playoffs.
Toronto FC has won the last four matches against the Chicago Fire and is 4-1-0 in the last five matches overall. The last time Chicago earned points against Toronto was in April of 2015. Toronto won the last meeting in October, 3-2. Four of the last five meetings between Toronto and Chicago have produced at least three goals.
Toronto FC has no finals hangover, as this team is playing terrific defense and is due for a breakout home victory. The Chicago Fire have taken advantage of a heavy home schedule, but now has to go to Toronto and play a team it hasn’t had any recent success against. I’ll side with Toronto in a victory here.