An important match for both teams but more so for Toronto FC, which comes into the game winless at home in three attempts this season.Toronto FC is in the midst of its worst ever start in team history, having lost all five of the club's games so far in the league this season, including all three at home. Add in the fact that the team is currently tied for last in goal difference in Major League Soccer at -8, and it's obvious that TFC is in desperate need of a victory.
The Reds will look to finally break the streak when they host the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams are deadlocked in the offerings as Ladbrokes currently has each squad at 2.50, while the draw sits at 3.20. That seems about right, and thus it may be smart to back the tie, in addition to the 1-1 correct score bet for a little spicier 6.00. If you, like many bettors worldwide, prefer to avoid betting without a draw option then look at the Aisan handicap line which slightly favours Chicago (1.80, while Toronto is at 2.06).
With the big question for Toronto being whether Torsten Frings returns from a strained hamstring that has kept him out since the MLS opener, TFC will have to worry about another former German international as Arne Friedrich suits up to anchor Chicago's back four. Friedrich made his first appearance in the league this past Wednesday against Houston, and should be more comfortable with his new teammates.
With 82 caps for Die Mannshaft under his belt, Friedrich automatically becomes one of the most accomplished defenders to suit up in MLS history.
A more familiar face to North American fans returns to the Fire lineup as striker Chris Rolfe returns for his second stint with the team after coming over from Aaborg in the Danish Superliga. During his first run with the Fire, Rolfe, the team's second all-time leading goal-scorer, buried 40 goals over five seasons in all competitions and will be a welcome addition to a team that has only produced three goals thus far.
If you think Rolfe will set BMO Field on fire, then take a look at the over/under which has the over 2.0/2.50 at 2.04. If you think Friedrich and Frings will be in full effect and marshall the offense out of the match, then your under is at 1.82.
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