Toronto FC will welcome Philadelphia Union to the Rentschtler Field on Saturday, with three points at stake in the MLS.
The home side come into the clash in buoyant mood, having seen off table-toppers Columbus Crew 3-1 in their last fixture, while the visitors posted an equally impressive 3-0 victory over Inter Miami.
There is little to choose from between both sides on the standings, with Toronto FC currently occupying third spot in the Eastern Conference with 28 points, the same number as Philadelphia in second, albeit with an inferior goal difference.
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Head-to-Head
Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union have met on 24 occasions in the past, with the Canadian side picking up 11 wins and scoring 30 goals.
Union defeated Toronto FC seven times, scoring 37 goals. Six matches between the two sides ended in a draw.
The most recent meeting between both teams came in July 2019 when a second-half goal from Jamiro Monteiro was enough to give Philadelphia Union a 2-1 away win.
Toronto FC form guide: L-W-D-W-W
Philadelphia Union form guide: W-W-W-D-W
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Team News
The home side have three players ruled out of this clash through injury. Right-back Auro Jnr (ankle), midfielder Michael Bradley (MCL), and forward Ifunanya Achara (ACL) will all be missing in action.
There are no suspension worries for Toronto FC.
Injuries: Auro Jnr, Michael Bradley, Ifunanya Achara
Union also have three players ruled out through injury. Raymon Gaddis (virus) and Warren Creavale (virus) will not be available for selection. Jack Elliot remains a doubt for the clash, having only returned to training after sustaining a knock last month.
There are no suspension worries for the visitors.
Injuries: Raymon Gaddis, Warren Creavale
Doubtful: Jack Elliot
Toronto FC vs Philadephia Union Predicted XI
Toronto FC Predicted XI (4-4-1-1): Quentin Westberg; Justin Morrow, Omar Gonzlaez, Eriq Zavaleta, Richie Laryea; Nick DeLeon, Jonathan Osorio, Marco Delgado, Pablo Piatti; Alejandro Pozuelo; Jozy Altidore
Philadelphia Union Predicted XI (4-3-3): Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo; Jose Martinez, Jamiro Monteiro, Brenden Aaronson; Anthony Fontana, Sergio Santos, Kacper Przybylko
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction
There is really very little to choose from between the two sides, although their expansive styles of play could ensure that goals are scored at both ends.
The visitors slightly edge the recent form book, with 13 points from their last 15 games, but home advantage could see Toronto FC hold out for a draw.
Prediction: Toronto FC 2-2 Philadelphia UnionPublished 02 Oct 2020, 22:29 IST