With the Montreal Impact exiting the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs on the play-in round on Friday, Nov. 20 and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC not qualifying for the postseason at all, Toronto FC is the lone Canadian team left to win it all this fall. Toronto gets its potential playoff run on Tuesday, Nov. 24 against Nashville SC. This game will get started at 6 p.m. ET at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Toronto will enter this matchup as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, while Nashville is a No. 7 seed, which defeated 10 seed Inter Miami CF 3-0 on Friday night to advance to the first round of the playoffs. During the regular season, Toronto finished with a 13-5-5 overall record in a shortened MLS regulars season, while Nashville went 8-7-8 during the year. Toronto and Nashville did not play one another during the 23-game regular season.
The MLS Cup Playoffs started with 18 teams as it expanded due to the shortened regular season slate, but just 11 remain in contention after two play-in games and five of the eight first-round matchups already concluded.
Tuesday night’s games will also feature the final three first rounds games, which starts with Toronto and Nashville. The top seed in the Eastern Conference Philadelphia Union will see the New England Revolution, which beat Montreal, at 8 p.m. ET, while the nightcap will head to the Western Conference with the No. 2 seed Seattle Sounders playing Los Angeles Football Club as the seventh seed at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United FC, FC Dallas, Orlando City SC and Columbus Crew SC are the five teams that have already reached the conference semifinals after first round victories over the weekend.
The winner of Toronto’s matchup against Nashville will face the No. 3 seed Columbus, which beat sixth seed New York Red Bulls in a first round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 21. by a score of 3-2. If Toronto wins, it would meet up with Columbus as the home team because it would be the higher seed on Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Toronto FC vs. Nashville SC betting preview
Sports bettors can wager on a variety of different options throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs, and here’s a look at where oddsmakers expect Tuesday night’s matchup to go.
All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Moneyline (regular time)
Oddsmakers suggest Toronto FC will be the winning team when it’s all said and done on Tuesday with a tie coming in as the second most likely option with Nashville SC winning as the outcome with the least likely possibility.
- Toronto FC +118
- Tie +220
- Nashville SC +245
Total goals (regular time)
The sportsbook figures this game will feature a low-scoring performance from both sides as we analyze the potential betting odds for the total amount of goals scored in regulation on Tuesday night.
- Over 0.5 (-2000)
- Over 1.5 (-335)
- Over 2.5 (+104)
- Over 3.5 (+275)
- Over 4.5 (+650)
- Under 0.5 (+750)
- Under 1.5 (+225)
- Under 2.5 (-139)
- Under 3.5 (-420)
- Under 4.5 (-1250)
The sportsbook offers a few different prop bets to keep the bettors and viewers entertained including which player will score the first goal of Tuesday night’s game. Here’s a look at the top five along with their odds. These odds are identical to their odds to finish with the game as the last goal scorer.
- Jozy Altidore +425
- Alejandro Pozuelo +480
- Jonathan Osorio +550
- Ayo Akinola +550
- Dominique Badji +600
MLS Cup winner odds
Despite being the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, Toronto has the sixth best odds among the 11 teams still alive to win the 2020 MLS Cup in the sportsbook’s most recent update. While some teams’ odds have moved as more teams exited the playoffs, Toronto hasn’t moved in the eyes of the oddsmakers at +800 to win it all, which is exactly where it was prior to the postseason beginning.
According to oddsmakers, Toronto has less of a chance to win it all than Sporting KC, Philadelphia Union, Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles FC and Orlando City SC.
Despite having the seventh best odds at +900 prior to the start of the playoffs, Sporting KC has climbed all the way up to the betting favorites with +400, replacing Philadelphia Union at the top to be this year’s MLS Cup Playoff champions.