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Prediction: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 8 Jul 2024

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Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 113/20

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union will lock horns with each other in Major League Soccer next weekend. The MLS game between John Herdman’s side and Jim Curtin’s team will be held at the BMO Field in Toronto and is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 am UK time on Sunday.

Toronto FC

Toronto FC are a modest club in Major League Soccer who are not always expected to reach the playoffs. The Reds ended up as low as  15th in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference table last season and finished 29th overall.

John Herdman’s side are ninth in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference table at the moment with 24 points from 23 matches. Toronto FC are three points behind Orlando City, who are seventh in the standings.

Toronto FC will head into the Major League Soccer game against the Philadelphia Union on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Columbus Crew away from home in the league. It came after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Orlando City SC in front of their fans in MLS which followed a 2-1 defeat to Atlanta United on the road in the league.

Team News:

Toronto FC are likely to line up in a 3-5-2 formation against the Philadelphia Union. Sean Johnson will be in goal for the home team and will have Shane O’Neill, Kevin Long and Nickseon Gomis in front of him in defence. Matthew Longstaff, Raoul Petretta and Kosi Thompson will be the three holding midfielders. Federico Bernardeschi and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty will be the two wing-backs. Prince Osei Owusu and Derrick Etienne Jr. will lead the line for Toronto FC.

Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union are a well-known and well-supported club in Major League Soccer. The Union finished as runners-up in the 2014, 2015 and 2018 US Open Cup and reached the final of the 2022 MLS Cup. The U finished fourth in the league table last season and reached the Conference Finals playoffs.

Things are not going so well for the Philadelphia Union at the moment. Jim Curtin’s side are as low as 14th in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference table at the moment with 21 points from 22 games.

The Philadelphia Union will head into the Major League Soccer game against Toronto FC on the back of a goalless draw with the New York Red Bulls. It came after a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Chicago Fire FC on the road in MLS which followed a 4-2 defeat to CF Montréal in the league.

Team News:

The Philadelphia Union are likely to line up in a 5-3-2 formation. Andrew Rick will be in goal for the visiting team and will have Nathan Harriel, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Damion Lowe and Kai Wagner in front of him in defence. Leon Flach, Dániel Gazdag and Jack McGlynn will be the three midfielders. Chris Donovan and Thai Baribo will be the two forwards.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Toronto FC have conceded 43 goals in 23 Major League Soccer matches this campaign.
  • The Philadelphia Union have conceded 39 goals in 22 Major League Soccer games this season.
  • The Philadelphia Union have lost 5 of their last 6 Major League Soccer matches this campaign.
  • Toronto FC have lost all 6 of their last 6 Major League Soccer games.
  • The Philadelphia Union have won 4 of their 22 Major League Soccer games this season.

Conclusion

Neither Toronto FC nor the Philadelphia Union are in great form at the moment, and it will be interesting to see how the Major League Soccer game between the two sides pan out. It does not promise to be a hugely exciting and entertaining match. It is likely that the game will end in a draw.

Prediction: Match to end in 1-1 draw

Best Odds: 113/20

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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