Toronto FC vs New York City FC MLS Picks & Predictions 9/11/2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Valentin Castellanos and New York City FC (15-8-5, 1st in the Eastern Conference) play Toronto FC (11-8-10, 6th in the Eastern Conference) at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The probable starting goalies are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. TFC is priced at +337 while NYCFC is at -130. The O/U has been set at 3.25.
Toronto FC comes into this match holding a record of 11 wins, 8 draws, and 10 losses ranking them 6th in the Eastern Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 49 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the East and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 11th in the league. Toronto FC will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there because they currently have a total of 34 assists which has them sitting at 5th in the league and 3rd in the East. In the matter of shots on target, they currently have a total of 147 which has them sitting at 3rd in the East and 6th in the league. As a team, Toronto has a total of 289 fouls which means they have an average of 9.97 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 41 points for this season and they have an average attendance of 25,154.
Jozy Altidore is a great player to watch for TFC. The forward from the United States has taken part in 17 contests this year and has played 1,287 minutes. In that time, the 29-year-old has netted 10 goals and has had an assist on 4 goals. He is currently averaging 76 minutes per appearance. Altidore has been a starter in 13 contests this year and has totaled 21 fouls in the process. With regard to shots on target, Altidore has 19 which puts him at 47th in the league and 11th in the Eastern Conference among forwards. Alejandro Pozuelo is another player to watch out for on the team from Toronto. The 27-year-old from Spain has tallied 9 goals this season which puts him at 6th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders and 27th among all qualified players in pro soccer. He has played 2,092 minutes and is averaging 84 minutes per appearance. For the season, he has totaled 27 shots on target which puts him at 2nd in the Eastern Conference among midfielders.
In goal for TFC is Quentin Westberg from the United States. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,070 mins minding the net for the 2019 season. Westberg is surrendering 1.57 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 17th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in Major League Soccer. During the 2019 campaign, he has surrendered 36 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .633 which ranks him 15th in the Eastern Conference.
New York City FC will be on the other side of the pitch and for the 2019 season they sit with 15 victories, 8 draws, and 5 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the East and 2nd in the league with +18. They currently have a total of 53 goals for the season which has them sitting at 2nd in the East. New York City has a team save percentage of .653 which currently has them ranked 15th in the league, meaning there should be some chances to score. They are averaging a crowd of 21,042 ranking them 5th in the East.
One of the toughest players to defend for NYCFC is Valentin Castellanos. The 20 year-old has driven 10 balls past the man in net. He is ranked 20th among midfielders in the Eastern Conference in assists with 4 and has earned 27 shots on target so far this year. He has played 1,604 minutes and holds an average of 64 mins per game. Another solid player on this team is Alexander Ring. The midfielder from Finland has scored 4 goals this season which ranks him 15th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders. He also has racked up 60 fouls.
In goal for NYCFC is Sean Johnson who is having a marginal campaign by surrendering 1.26 goals per 90 mins and that has him ranked 13th among East goaltenders and 24th in Major League Soccer among goaltenders. In the 2,070 minutes he's been on the field this season, he has given up 29 goals. He holds a save percentage of .659 which places him at 10th among East goaltenders and 24th in Major League Soccer among goaltenders.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto (+337)
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