Eastern Conference Showdown & Online Soccer Betting Odds
Posted by: Mike Davis
The online soccer betting thrill that is the MLS Cup comes one step closer to its epic conclusion as the second leg of the conference finals will be held this week. First up will be the Eastern Conference Final pitting the Columbus Crew against Toronto FC. Let’s take a look at what the best sportsbooks on the web are predicting for this Wednesday night championship match.
Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC – Wednesday, November 29th
When: 6:30 pm ET
Where: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Stream: Fox Sports 1, MLS TV
Series: Game 2 || Tied 0-0 Aggregate
Online Soccer Betting Odds:
Columbus Crew +1 (-117) 2 ½ (-132) +496
Toronto FC -1 (+102) 2 ½ (+117) -167
Columbus Crew/Toronto FC
Columbus has strived to high levels of success this season, but most of that success came in the postseason since the Crew finished the regular season ranking 5th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus labored all season long to garner a 16-12-6 that gave the franchise 55 points on the season and allowed them to make their way into the playoffs. However, since the Crew clinched their playoff ticket via one of the lower seeds, they had to contend against the Atlanta United in the Knockout Round, which the Crew had no problems doing considering they surpassed Atlanta 3-1in penalties. In the semifinal round, Columbus beat out New York City FC with a 4-3 aggregate to narrowly escape that East Coast threat. Now, this close to entering the championship match, Columbus is facing steep odds once again. Most online soccer betting players are expecting the Crew to fall short of this mark, but that has pretty much been the same narrative surrounding this club since the season kicked off. Will Columbus be able to shock us once again? Game 1 of this series ended in a 0-0 draw so maybe sports betting sites might have to reconsider Wednesday’s odds.
Unlike the Crew, online soccer betting players know it’s no surprise to see Toronto this deep into the postseason tournament. FC fought their way to a 20-5-9 record that gave way to a 69 point season. That impressive tally gave Toronto a 12 point lead over their nearest rival and afforded them a mild rest in the first round of the playoffs as the club earned the right to sit on the sidelines. The first opponent Toronto would face in this year’s playoffs would be the New York Red Bulls, who were fresh off a 4-0 pummeling of the Chicago Fire. The Red Bulls entered this year’s postseason as the No. 6 seed so it wasn’t that surprising to see New York pegged as a massive underdog against Toronto. The Canadian club didn’t quite live up to what the odds were predicting since they narrowly escaped the Red Bulls with a 2-2 away-goal aggregate. The last three times Toronto has taken to the pitch they’ve been heavily favored by the odds. However, they haven’t quite performed like the odds were expecting. Will this open the door for Columbus to come in and deliver yet another MLS bombshell?