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Cincinnati vs. Toronto Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
23 February 2024, 09:36

In the upcoming clash, the best team of the Eastern Conference faces the main outsider of the last season. Cincinnati finished the last season in first place with 69 points in 34 rounds, while Toronto was the last, with 22 points after 34 rounds. This season, teams have completely different tasks, where Cincinnati aims at winning MLS, while Toronto’s goal is at least to reach the play off stage. The head to head matches look unfavourable for this match’s guests, with 4 last matches between the two ended with Cincinnati wins. This time, Cincinnati again waits for Canadians as a favourite, aiming at the successful start of the new MLS campaign.

Cincinnati vs. Toronto Preview 

Cincinnati Preview

Cincinnati is getting to the new season with a goal of repeating and improving previous season’s results, when the team won the Eastern Conference and moved into semifinals of the play off, losing to the future champion, Columbus Crew. Pat Noonan stressed out that Cincinnati aims at winning MLS and given that the team steps into the new season with almost the same squad, the chemistry between players is expected to be on the same level. In the pre-season, Cincinnati played four matches, winning three of them, and losing to Austin at the end of January. Facing Toronto on the home ground is statistically comfortable for the hosts, who have a three-match winning streak without conceding a single goal.

Toronto Preview

Toronto’s last season became a nightmare, when the Canadian team became the worst team in MLS, finishing the season with seven defeats in a row. After such a devastating season, the team was surprisingly not active in the market and the only notable transfer is Kevin Long, defender who once played for Burnley and Birmingam. Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernandeschi’s team also did not impress in the pre-season friendlies, with 1 draw, 1 lose, and 1 win. It will be hard to believe that Toronto will pretend on serious achievements this season but the key goal is to move away from the horrors of last season and consecutive defeats.

Betting Tips for Cincinnati vs. Toronto

Cincinnati Handicap -1

Cincinnati looks more coherent in the pre-season considerations. The team saved its key players and the coaching staff is optimistic about the prospects of the upcoming season given the positive results of the pre-season friendlies. Moreover, the last three head to head clashes at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium were successful for the hosts, with three wins in a row - 3-0, 2-0, 2-0. Unibet gives 1.55 for this Cincinnati vs. Toronto prediction.

Total Over 2.5 Goals

Given that MLS is a league with a lot of goals scored, it is expected that this match will be no exception. Toronto was awful in away games last season, conceding 15 goals in their 5 last away games in the last MLS draw. Given that teams did not change much during the transfer window, the defensive line of Canadians will likely be vulnerable as it was last season. However, given the individual qualities of Insigne and Bernardeschi, Toronto is still capable of scoring goals. Cincinnati vs. Toronto odds for this outcome are 1.55, as given by Unibet.

First Half Winner - Cincinnati

Starting the new season in front of their own fans will certainly boost Cincinnati players. Even though MLS is not famous for standings support, it still plays a major role in the matches, especially in the beginning of the season. The active start of the match seems to be a trademark for Cincinnati in the matches against Toronto - the team was first to score in the last 7 consecutive matches, winning the first half in 6 of them. For this Cincinnati vs. Toronto tip, Unibet gives odds of 1.80.

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