Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
MLS Soccer: Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: Toronto EVEN / Draw +260 / Montreal +250 -- O/U: 2.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC meet in a group stage match as part of the MLS is Back tournament from Orlando, Florida on Thursday night.
The Montreal Impact come into this one fresh off of a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution in their opening group stage game. In the loss to New England, the first half was silent, no bookings and no scoring with the Revs owning a 2-0 advantage in terms of shots on target. The second half was where things started to open up, but New England would surge ahead in the 56th minute. Montreal would own 64% possession in the second half with two shots on goal, but in the end it wasn’t enough as New England rode the single goal to victory. Max Urruti leads Montreal in scoring with 3 goals while Romell Quioto has a goal of his own for Montreal. Joel Waterman, Orji Okwonkwo and Saphir Taider each have an assist for the Impact as well this season. Clement Degoud is Montreal’s top goalkeeper, conceding one goal per 90 minutes this season.
Toronto FC on the other hand will try to rebound after a frustrating 2-2 draw with DC United in their opening group stage contest. In the tie with DC, Ayomide Akinola opened the scoring for TFC in the 12th minute and the lead would hold until Akinola doubled TFC’s lead and completed his brace in the 44th minute of play. TFC were also given another advantage at the end of the first half when DC United were reduced to ten men. Toronto looked poised and headed for victory, but DC would pull a goal back in the 84th and stun TFC with a game-tying goal in the first minute of second half stoppage time. In the end, TFC would be forced to settle for a point as the draw held up at full time. Akinola leads TFC in scoring with two goals while Alejandro Pozuelo, Ifunanyachi Achara and Richie Laryea each have a goal as well. Quentin Westberg is TFC’s top goalkeeper, conceding 0.67 goals per 90 minutes with one clean sheet in three league appearances this season.
This is a hard game to call only because of the dynamic in which the game is being played. The 401 Derby is one of the most-heated in MLS, and home field has a large part of the success head-to-head in this matchup. Instead, I’m going to side with both teams to score. A 2-1 result here for either side wouldn’t surprise me and I think that there’s enough quality on both sides to get this one through.