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MLS Betting: Sporting Kansas City vs. Toronto FC

MLS Betting: Sporting Kansas City vs. Toronto FC

Eric Bolte

After a big 2-0 win at home over New York last week, Toronto FC is paying big money to beat Kansas City on the road on Friday night. The under looks promising here.

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Toronto FC will be in tough on Friday night when it travels to Livestrong Park to take on a Sporting KC side that can take go tied on top of the table in the East with a win.

TFC's victory over the Red Bulls last weekend ended a three-game losing streak in the league and sees the team head to the Mid West with an even 4-4 record on the campaign. Toronto is still without its best player in Michael Bradley due to World Cup duty, but star striker Jermain Defoe is playing with a chip on his shoulder after being left off England's roster. Defoe scored last week against New York and has four goals from five games.

The Reds come into the match as 5.50 underdogs over at William Hill. The draw no bet selection sees a payout of 3.75, which is rather decent value given Sporting's depleted defence.

A draw pick can be had at 3.60 in the 1x2 and 5.00 in the double result (tied at half and fulltime). Toronto has yet to draw this season.

Sporting is 5-4-2 (W-L-T) this season, but the team's strongest performances have come from its backline at home, where it's conceded only three goals from six games.

The Kansans are listed as 1.67 favourites, with the double result taking that up to 2.60. They are coming off a pair of 2-1 losses to Chicago and Phildelphia but have beaten Toronto in four of their previous five meetings. They have already shown in their last game that they are missing 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler and influential midfielder Graham Zusi, who are both away at the U.S.A. camp.

The under 2.5 is at 1.67, and given Sporting's 0.50 goal-per-home game allowance, coupled with Toronto's two goals per game average, this is a nice addition to a small parlay pick.