In one of the most interesting games of week 4 of the Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake welcome Toronto FC to Rio Tinto Stadium this Sunday, March 29. “Inconsistent” is probably the term that best describes the start of the season of two teams that, despite having to deal with several players away on international duty and a few injuries, are heading into this match-up with fresh legs and plenty of rest after a bye week.
Real Salt Lake have won their last 7 home games against Toronto FC in all competitions, with an average of 2.86 goals scored and 0.86 goals allowed.
After a poor offensive performance against the Portland Timbers (0-0) away from home in their first game of the season and an incredibly leaky defensive performance at home against the Philadelphia Union (3-3) in the second one, Real Salt Lake still have a lot of work to do in order to be considered a serious playoff contender. Undefeated in their last 12 MLS home games and having scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 played at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL look at this encounter with the Reds Sunday night as the ideal game to get things back on track, especially considering their recent record against the Canadian side.
Sunday night’s match-up against Real Salt Lake will be Toronto’s third straight game away from home to start their 2015 season. After a 3-1 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps and a 2-0 loss at the Columbus Crew, games with diametrical performances and results, the Reds will certainly want this visit to Salt Lake to mark the beginning of a more consistent period. Toronto will try to put an end to an awful record against RSL Sunday night but will have to do it without two of its most important players, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, who are both with the US National Team. With this being said, Sunday night all eyes will be on Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco, a player with the ability to not only create and convert goal scoring opportunities but also someone who can play in a number of different positions on the attack.
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Having both registered disappointing performances in their last MLS games, these two sides will be looking to get back on the winning road Sunday night, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Playing at home, where they are extremely hard to beat, and against a depleted Reds’ side, Real Salt Lake will be desperate to grab the first win of the season and generate some consistency. The losses of Bradley and Altidore will be huge for a Toronto team that will need to stay focused and organized at the back if they are to get something positive out of this encounter. Even though the Reds should be able to put up some fight, Real Salt Lake’s impressive record against the Canadian side will probably be extended this Sunday.
Our Prediction: Real Salt Lake to Win
BetOnline Odds: -135