Toronto had a great start to the 2019 campaign as they won three games on the bounce to kick off the season. However, they have recently hit a terrible run of form as they have lost four of their last six games including their last two in succession. The Canadian side were beaten at home by Philadelphia Union last time out, so manager Greg Vanney will be desperate for a response from his players during the week.
DC United are currently experiencing different fortunes as they are joint top of the Eastern Conference and head into Wednesday’s game after back-to-back victories at home. Their last being a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Wayne Rooney set up Paul Arriola who scored the only goal of the game top help DC maintain their position at the top end of the conference.
DC have a good record when it comes to the head to head with Toronto. They have avoided defeat in four of their last six visits to BMO Field, their last being a frantic and exciting 4-4 draw which should probably have been a win as they found themselves 3-0 up at half-time.
Toronto were cursed by injury issues during their last game against Philadelphia Union as both Auro and Laurent Ciman left the pitch in the second half after picking up injuries, they’re now doubts for the midweek clash with DC United. It’s bad news for TFC’s back-line as the experienced Ciman is a key figure of the back three whilst Auro provides width and creativity from wing-back.
DC have a fairly lengthy injury list as Oniel Fisher, Joseph Mora, Antonio Bustamante and Donovan Pines all miss out on the trip across the border to Canada. I don’t think those absentees will affect DC as much as the impact of being without Ciman and Auro will have on Toronto – if they are indeed missing.
It comes as a huge surprise to me to see DC United priced at 4.75 to pick up a win in Toronto during the week. Ben Olsen’s side have proven their ability to perform away from home early on this season as they have recorded three wins from their first five on the road.
Toronto have lost their last two at home, so they will be concerned about that turning into a hat-trick of defeats as DC United arrive at BMO Field on Wednesday night. The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union snatched 2-1 wins at that venue recently, so that will motivate DC to jump all over the lack of confidence which may be building in that Toronto dressing room.
I like the price of a DC United win, but I’d also consider taking double chance at 2.20 which provides the safety net if things were to end all square. DC have taken three wins and a draw from five away games thus far, so there certainly is value in them picking up yet another positive result when as they travel to Toronto. Also, the fact that they have avoided defeat in four of their last six visits to Toronto makes this bet look like good value.
Over 2.5 goals appears to be the banker for this game at odds of 1.53. Incredibly, there has been three or more goals in Toronto’s last 14 home games in a row, paying homage to their ability to score as well as concede in large numbers.
DC United – Win @ 4.75
DC United and Draw @ 2.20
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.53