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MLS Soccer: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/15

Toronto FC (7-7-3) vs. Philadelphia Union (6-10-4)
Date & Time Saturday July 18, 2015, 4:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia +281 / Toronto +103 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC square off Saturday afternoon at the BMO Field.

The Philadelphia Union have picked up points in three straight matches, which includes two wins. The Philadelphia Union are an offensive team that’s scored a goal in 15 of its 20 matches and five goals in their last two MLS games. C.J. Sapong leads Philly with six goals, Cristian Maidana has nine assists and Fernando Aristeguieta has 32 shot attempts. Defensively, the Philadelphia Union have pitched six shutouts but have allowed at least two goals in 10 matches. Brian Sylvestre has come away with 26 goals and has allowed two goals in his last three starts. The Philadelphia Union have lost four of their last five road MLS matches.

Toronto FC have picked up points in four of their last six matches, which includes two victories. Toronto FC have scored 26 goals in 17 matches and has been shutout just four times. Sebastian Giovinco leads Toronto FC with 11 goals, Benoit Cheyrou has four assists and Michael Bradley has 27 shot attempts. Defensively, Toronto FC has pitched four shutouts and allowed at least two goals in eight matches. Chris Konopka has come away with 36 saves and has allowed eight goals in his last two starts. Toronto FC has won three of their last five home MLS matches, which includes a 3-1-1 record overall.

Toronto FC beat the Union 1-0 when these teams met back in May. However, Philadelphia has won the three previous matches before then and is 3-1-1 in the last five matches against Toronto overall. A team has been shutout in each of the last four meetings between these two teams.

Toronto FC has played extremely well at home and has a player in Giovinco who has been damn near impossible to defend and is coming off a three-goal performance. Give me Toronto for another home outright win.

Toronto +103

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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