MLS Cup 2016: Toronto vs Seattle Odds, Prediction And Live Score
The 20th MLS Cup will take place at BMO Field on December 10th, and both finalists seek to lift the Philip F. Anschutz trophy for the first time in franchise history. Toronto FC doesn’t want to witness the Seattle Sounders winning their first MLS Cup on Canadian soil. Instead, loyal fans of the long-suffering Reds want to break their own championship drought, becoming the first major Toronto sports team to win a ring since the Jays in 1993. Expect an electric, explosive atmosphere during the biggest evening in Toronto soccer history.
Who Will Win The MLS Cup 2016?
After a grueling post-season, the teams remaining represent the best, most resilient sides in Major League Soccer, so both squads have a great chance of winning the MLS Cup. Champions are determined by a single match, similar to the Super Bowl, which means that the outcome may be influenced by a single, fortuitous bounce or a brief lapse in judgment. Teams which exhibit depth and the ability to overcome in-game obstacles tend to perform best in one-off scenarios, giving Toronto FC an edge in the eyes of many MLS observers and bookmakers.
Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC - MLS Cup 2016 Prediction
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Compared to other major North American sports leagues, MLS teams have greater difficulty winning on the road. Over the past five years, home winning ratios hover close to 50/50 while away win rates range between 21% and 25%. In 2015, the trend sharpened, resulting in a 53.3% winning percentage for home sides and a 24.3% win rate for away teams. Over the history of the MLS Cup, home teams have won five of seven matches, boosting the win ratio to 71%.
As great as Toronto FC has been this year, their main edge consists of home field advantage. Toronto soccer fans will probably turn BMO Field into a hellish, smoking crater during the finals, doing their part to let Seattle players and fans know that they’re not welcome back anytime soon. The Reds are used to it by now, emerging from an apocalyptic second leg of the eastern conference finals with their sanity intact and a ticket to the MLS Cup.
Seattle’s no pushover, earning their trip to the finals by clutching out a one-nil win in Dallas. The Sounders have one of the best defenses in the MLS, and Nicolas Lodeiro will ruin any team that gives him too much time and space. Since the midpoint of the season, Seattle’s arguably been the steadiest team, quietly powering through the west as pundits focus their attention on flashier sides.
Nonetheless, Seattle simply doesn’t possess the depth Toronto boasts at all positions. The designated player trio of Altidore, Giovinco and Bradley meets or exceeds the star power of other MLS sides, and the bench helped push the Reds past the Impact to win the east in extra time. Making matters worse for the Sounders, Jozy Altidore’s in the middle of what might be considered the best playoff run in the history of the league and shows no sign of slowing down. The fact that Toronto’s only slightly favored to win speaks to the quality of Seattle’s side, giving wagering fans a rare opportunity to scoop a solid payout on a favorite.
MLS Cup 2016 Betting Tips
The western conference has dominated the MLS Cup, winning 13 championships since the year 2000. If you discount the fact that Sporting Kansas City moved back to the west after a brief stint in the opposing conference, the east has won only two MLS Cups since the turn of the millennium. Overall, since the league’s inaugural year, western representatives hold a 13-7 record over eastern contenders. This trend affects the moneylines by suppressing the odds of any team coming out of the east – in this case, Toronto.
In terms of scoring trends, 65% of MLS Cup winning teams score more than a single goal en route to earning a championship. This trend favors Toronto, since the Reds average 3.4 goals throughout the playoffs, never scoring fewer than two markers in a single game. On the other hand, Seattle’s scored more than once only twice during the post-season, averaging 1.6 goals in the playoffs. Other than the west’s dominance of MLS Cup finals, signs point towards Toronto FC as the first Canadian winner in the history of the soccer league.
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