Toronto FC has only won one game, but not so fast: They’ve only lost one as well. In other words, they totally deserve to come in as the MLS betting favorites to defeat Charlotte FC on Saturday night. Speaking of the visiting Mints, they’re one more defeat away from falling into last place in the Western Conference, meaning they must go all-in right from the start, making them a tempting underdog, especially at +270.
Toronto FC: Tough to Beat
Toronto FC opened the season by putting up a good fight in Washington against DC United, but they still lost 3-2. The good news is that they haven’t lost since then. Plus, we’re talking about an experienced, well-balanced team.
Last weekend, they drew 0-0 against the San Jose Earthquakes on the road. They could have won since they won possession with 55 percent and finished with 15 shots in total, one more than the home side.
Keep in mind that Lorenzo Insigne has missed the last couple of games due to injury and he isn’t expected to return until mid-April. Even so, the Reds are offering even-money odds in the MLS lines to win straight up. After all, we’re also talking about a team whose roster includes Michael Bradley, Federico Bernardeschi, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio.
Kaye and Osorio were the scorers in the team’s only victory, 2-0 over Inter Miami. Finally, regardless of the result, the Reds scored in eight of their last 10 home matches, scoring two or more goals seven times. They truly are better when playing at BMO Field.
Charlotte FC: Turning Things Around
After losing their first three games by a 7-1 aggregate, Charlotte FC are starting to turn things around. First, they weren’t favorites in the MLS odds to defeat Orlando City in Florida, but they did. Enzo Copetti and Kerwin Vargas were the scorers.
Most recently, they drew 1-1 to the New York Red Bulls thanks to an own goal scored by Andres Reyes. Curiously enough, the Mints won possession with 74 percent but only took one shot on target. On the other hand, the Red Bulls took six. In other words, kudos to the goalkeeper for always being ready for action.
Copetti is the main reason for you to consider including the visitors in your MLS picks. He scored in both of Charlotte’s road games and could become the third player in MLS history to score in his first three road games in the league. In other words, you can expect him to be highly motivated.
Finally, the Mints have nothing to lose and much to win. A defeat could send them to last place, but a victory could boost them up to the top nine.
Charlotte vs Toronto Head-to-Head
- Toronto FC Victories: 2 (6 goals)
- Charlotte FC Victories: 0 (0 goals)
- Draws: 0
Toronto FC won both of its meetings with Charlotte FC last season. First, they won 4-0 at home with Bradley as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. All four goals were scored in the first half and Christian Fuchs was sent off in the second, leaving the visitors with 10 players. Later, the Reds won 2-0 in Charlotte with Insigne and Bernardeschi as the scorers. The Mints were the only team that the Reds defeated twice in 2022.
Keep in mind that the total for Saturday’s clash is set at 2½ goals with the over offering a -135 price in the sportsbook.
Charlotte vs Toronto Match Information
- Match: Charlotte vs Toronto
- Date/time: Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: BMO Field, Toronto
- Toronto vs Charlotte Stream: fubo.tv
Charlotte vs Toronto Betting Lines
Charlotte vs Toronto Picks and Prediction
The Las Vegas odds have Toronto as favorites, but in the end, the gap between the two is only two points, meaning we’re talking about two inconsistent teams. That being said, predicting a winner becomes trickier. Therefore, I think you should include the over in your betting online ticket. Here’s another reason: Charlotte scored at least two goals in five of their last 10 road games.
The Toronto are listed at +100 in our Vegas Soccer lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Toronto, you have a chance to win $100. The Charlotte are +270, offering a chance to win $270 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Toronto a 50.00% chance to win, with Charlotte at 27.03%.