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New York City FC will seek to continue their unbeaten streak of four games when they travel to Toronto This Sunday the pigeons want to climb the ranking list.
The Reds suffered their first loss in five games against the Philadelphia Union as they are now just one point above the bottom.
Prediction for this match
The pigeons are currently only two points behind runner-up Orlando City and have the chance to climb the table and further consolidate their position in the MLS Cup playoff with a win against Toronto.
New York City hasn’t missed a top 7 placement since their first season in the MLS Eastern Conference in 2015, with fifth being the lowest place they’ve hit since then.
Ronny Deila has done everything right so far this season and his team are entering this game after four games without loss, three wins and one draw.
In their last game, they shared the booty with Chicago Fire FC, despite having faced 10 men in the last five minutes, but before that, New York was in devastating form.
Deila’s side scored three straight wins in late July, scoring 10 goals including a 5-0 win over Orlando City, and only leaders New England Revolution have scored more goals than them this season.
New York’s impressive form in front of the gate, especially with Jesus Medina who has scored seven goals in 15 appearances, could move on due to the fact that no team in the MLS Eastern Conference has conceded more than Toronto.
In addition, Deila has not neglected the defensive of the game. His team conceded just 16 goals this season, a record only surpassed by Nashville SC, which scored 15 goals.
However, the pigeons have struggled on the road throughout the season, taking only two wins out of a possible seven games, but Toronto struggled at home, with only one win at BMO Field so far.
Javier Perez continues to do his best as caretaker for the Reds, a role he took on in early July after a bad start to the season Chris Armas has been fired and significant improvements have been made.
Losing Philadelphia marked the first time Toronto have lost under Perez as he has led the team to two wins and three draws since taking over.
The Canadian club need this momentum to move forward as they are only two points behind FC Cincinnati in 10th place.
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New York City will be missing Keaton Parks for this game due to his red card in the recent 0-0 win against Chicago in the 73rd minute that will force changes in the middle of the park.
However, Deila has goalkeepers Sean Johnson returned after the Gold Cup, and he immediately started against Chicago while James Sands is now also available after the international tournament.
Even if these two players are now eligible to compete again, the pigeons will still be without Lifter because of his knee injury while Talles Magno missed the previous game due to knee problem concerns.
Toronto has been hampered lately with some major injury problems on the squad’s attacking team, with both Ayo Akinola and Ifunanyachi Achara stay on the sidelines.
But not only up there, where the problems were for Perez, as a reliable defender Auro is also out injured although there could be good news as a winger Tsubasa Endoh is back in the near future and could be in the squad on Sunday.
Toronto possible starting line-up:
Bono; Laryea, Zavaleta, Gonzalez, Mavinga, Lawrence; Bradley, Delgado, Osorio; Soteldo, Altidore
New York City FC possible starting line-up:
Johnson; Tinnerholm, Chanot, Amundsen, Sands; Morales, Acevedo; Medina, Rocha, Andrade; Castellanos
Probability: Toronto 0-2 New York City FC
These are two teams at opposite ends of the table, so New York City are the clear favorites for the game, with their goalscoring form set to be a big problem for Toronto lately.
While Perez has made drastic improvements to the Canadian team, there is still a lot to be done with the squad and this could prove to be too much at this point.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com forecast less than 3.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 3.5: data