Toronto FC will take on Vancouver Whitecaps in a cross-conference matchup as the MLS season resumes. Toronto FC are placed second in the Eastern Conference with 9 points while Vancouver are on the 8th spot in the West with just 6 points from 5 games.
Toronto FC got knocked out in the Round of 16 of the MLS is Back tournament but they had been on an undefeated run before that, winning 2 and drawing the other 4. Meanwhile, Vancouver Whitecaps also crashed out in the Round of 16 via a penalty shootout.
Toronto FC are one of the four teams that are yet to face defeat in the MLS season. Players like Ayo Akinola, Pozuelo and Ifunanyachi Achara have come through for them and that's why they sit at second right behind Columbus Crew who have 13 points.
Vancouver Whitecaps did decently in the MLS is Back tournament if you look at the fact that they had been dealt several injury blows. They went into the tournament without the likes of Lucas Cavallini and Tosaint Ricketts.
Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Head-to-Head
Toronto and Vancouver have gone up against each other 22 times till date. Toronto FC have dominated the fixture, winning 10 of them while the Whitecaps have won only 5. 7 games have ended in a draw.
The last time these two teams squared up against each other, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with neither team being able to break the deadlock.
Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Team News
As for Toronto FC, Ayo Akinola and Justin Morrow will return to the fray. Ifunanyachi Achara has been ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).
Toronto will be looking at the goalscoring form of Akinola and Altidore to give them the edge over Vancouver.
Injured: Ifunanyachi Achara
As for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Bryan Meredith won't be available to play the game after his mother passed away. But a number of players who were missing for the MLS is Back tournament are expected to return.
Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predicted Lineups
Vancouver Whitecaps predicted XI: Crepeau, Adnan, Veselinovic, Cornelius, Nerwinski, In-Beom, Teibert, Owusu, Dajome, Reyna and Milinkovic
Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction
Toronto FC have been the better side of late and they are expected to win this one over an injury stricken Vancouver Whitecaps.
This game is not just a continuation of the MLS season. The team that gets the highest number of points in the first phase among the 3 Canadian teams will face the team that wins the CPL's The Island Games in the Canadian Championship final.
Predicted scoreline: Toronto FC 2-1 Vancouver WhitecapsPublished 17 Aug 2020, 22:31 IST