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Columbus Crew VS Toronto FC Match Preview and Betting Prediction USA Major League Soccer(MLS)

MLSColumbus Crew VS Toronto FC Match Preview and Betting Prediction USA Major League Soccer(MLS)

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Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:32:12 GMT    
USA Major League Soccer(MLS) -- Match Time:11/22/2017 09:00 Wednesday (GMT+8) 
Columbus Crew  VS  Toronto FC Livescore | Match Preview | Match Statistics
Toronto loses the opening match without its top two scorers
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TEAM NEWS
The Columbus Crew is without defenders Gaston Sauro, Ben Swanson and Connor Maloney for the rest of the season while defender Alex Crognale is questionable.
Toronto FC's Drew Moor and Victor Vazquez are questionable while Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco are suspended for the first match.
 
Columbus Crew 
Suspended: Non 
Doubtful: Alex Crognale (hernia)
Injured/unavailable: Gaston Sauro (leg), Ben Swanson (ankle), Connor Maloney (knee)
 
Toronto FC
Suspended: Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco
Doubtful: Drew Moor (ankle), Victor Vazquez (pelvis)
Injured/unavailable: None
 
MATCH PREVIEW
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
 
The Columbus Crew has made it to the Eastern Conference Final after knocking off Atlanta Utd in a penalty shootout in their opening playoff match and then downing New York City 4-3 on aggregate in the semifinals. They won the first match 4-1 at home, but were beaten 2-0 in the return fixture at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Crew finished fifth in the East this year with 54 points from 16 victories, six draws and 12 defeats while scoring 53 goals and allowing 49. They have lost just one of their last 13 games overall along with eight wins and four draws and have lost just three of their last 18 outings. The Crew's home record was sixth in the league at 38 points from 12 wins, two draws and three losses.  
Toronto FC downed the New York Red Bulls on the away-goals rule in their Eastern Semifinal after the two-game series ended 2-2 on aggregate. Toronto won the opening match away 2-1 and were beaten 1-0 back at home. They also lost their top two scorers Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore to red cards and they will both miss the match in Columbus. Toronto set a new MLS points record this season with 69 to top the league and the East. They posted 20 wins, nine draws and five losses with a league-high 74 goals scored and 37 against. They finished the regular campaign with eight wins, a draw and two defeats in their last 11 matches with 32 goals scored and 14 conceded. Toronto owned the best away record in MLS this year with seven wins, six draws and just four defeats for 27 points.
Toronto didn't look good against the Red Bulls and with Giovinco and Altidore suspended I think Columbus will win the first match.   
 
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – COLUMBUS CREW 
 
The Columbus Crew scored four times at home against New York City in the semifinal and opened the scoring 20 times in their 34 regular-season games, so I'm looking for them to do the same here.     
 
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams met three times during the regular season with Columbus Crew winning 2-1 at home in April, Toronto FC winning 2-1 in Columbus in May and then thumping the Crew 5-0 at home later during the same month. Each team has three wins, three losses and three draws in the last nine meetings
 

 

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