Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/18/2020
Game: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: BMO Field in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-150) Vancouver (+375)
Andy Rose and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-0-3, 8th in the Western Conference) play Toronto FC (2-3-0, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) at BMO Field on Tuesday. The goalies expected to start will be Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Thomas Hasal for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The odds on this game have Toronto FC priced at -150 and the Whitecaps are at +375. The total is set at 2.5.
Toronto maintains possession for 50.4% of contests while successfully dribbling 56% of the time (19th in Major League Soccer). They have tried 67 shots at their opponents goal with 30 being on target, which means they have a 44.8% SOT percentage. TFC as a team have earned 9 goals on the campaign, which ranks them 5th in the league. They have caught 2,082 passes on 2,353 attempts on the year, giving them a receiving percentage of 88.5%.
Jozy Altidore is a guy who can be a difference maker for TFC. Altidore has had a starting assignment in 224 contests so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 0.51 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who was born in the United States has accumulated 113 goals (5th among active players) in 19,927 mins. He has totaled 29 assists while tallying 46 yellow card warnings so far in his MLS career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Richie Laryea, the defender from Canada. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 6 total goals. Laryea has been on the field for 4,865 minutes in 55 starting assignments and has been given 22 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.11 goals per 90 minutes during his career (179th among active MLS players).
The man protecting the net for Toronto is Quentin Westberg. Westberg has seen the field for a total of 6,867 mins and has tallied 174 stops during his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.32 (101 total goals allowed) and his save % is .674. The goalie from the United States has faced 258 shots attempted against him in 76 career starts. Westberg (27-25-25 record in his career) has accounted for 22 shutouts, which has his sitting with a 28.9% clean sheet percentage.
Vancouver has 1,934 pass targets so far this year (19th in the league) and they have 1,664 successful received passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 86.0% while they control possession of the ball 43.4% of the time. The Whitecaps have had success dribbling 56.3% of the time on the campaign while collecting 6 goals. They have been able to connect on 34.1% of their shots on target out of 41 total shots.
Andy Rose will be counted on for Vancouver. He sports an average of 0.10 goals per 90 minutes and has started 115 outings thus far in his career. The defender who hails from Australia has been on the field for 11,039 professional minutes and he has scored 12 goals (168th among active players). He has accumulated 16 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 10 times. You should also keep an eye on Lucas Cavallini, the forward who was born in Canada. He has tallied 60 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 6 different times. Cavallini has earned himself a total of 58 yellow cards in 12,647 professional minutes played (141 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.43 (37th among active MLS players).
Thomas Hasal will reside in front of the net for the Whitecaps. In his pro soccer career, Hasal has allowed 1 goal while he has earned 5 saves in 1 start. He has given up 0.73 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 1-0-0.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-150)
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