Red Bulls take on the worst team in the MLS this weekend. Toronto may be having a disastrous campaign so far in league play, but they're still given reasonable odds to get a win on Saturday.Can they cover as
favorites on the road?
Priced at +200 at Bovada, they meet up with the Red Bulls,
who can be found at +120 in the soccer odds. A draw is listed at +230, with the
total holding at 2.5 goals, most of the action on the OVER.
Toronto in the cellar
The Reds are having an absolutely awful time in the MLS this
season, winning only one of their 13 matches thus far. They have five points,
six behind the second-lowest team, and have a goal differential of minus-15.
That being said, Toronto is on a nice, little three-game
unbeaten run in which they tied Houston and New England and beat Montreal.
The win over the Impact was about as emphatic as you're
going to see from this Reds team. Midfield maestro Torsten Frings scored, as
did Danny Koevermans and Ryan Johnson, as Toronto made the most of their
opportunities and earned three points away from home.
This weekend they'll be put to the test by a New York side
in the middle of a tight race atop the Eastern Conference standings.
The Red Bulls are coming off a huge 3-2 home win over DC
United last weekend. They got a brace from Brandon Barklage and their third out of Jan Gunnar Solli.
Those three points have the Red Bulls in third place in the
East, three behind United and two behind Sporting Kansas. The victory over DCU
was massive, and it'll be interesting to see if they can carry over that
momentum on this trip across the border.
We're well aware of the danger men for the Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry, former Arsenal star, continues to play
excellently abroad. He has nine goals and a team-leading five assists in only
10 MLS appearances this season.
Odds too good to pass up
Though he's 34 years old – an old man in today's soccer
world – Henry's pure class has oozed in his limited appearances this season. He
makes New York a completely different team when on the field.
Henry's been dealing with injuries, having played only three
total matches over the past two months, but he came on as a substitute against
DC United last weekend, meaning we should see him in the starting XI.
It's likely we'll see Kenny Cooper lining up besides Henry.
Cooper has been a goal-scoring machine in Henry's absence, going through one
stretch in May where he scored in four consecutive matches. Still, he was even
more effective when paired with Henry earlier in the season, with those two
having a good understanding together.
Ultimately, we feel New York's skill players up top will
lead them to a win.
Sure, Toronto's at home and everything, but they've won only
one time in league play on their own field. The Reds have lost to DC United,
Chivas USA, Columbus, and San Jose and we think they're not going to have much
better luck against the Red Bulls, who need a win to stay competitive in the
It's not everyday you see a team playing Toronto getting
odds like this, so take advantage and back New York.
York Red Bulls +120