Toronto vs Guadalajara
Competition: CONCACAF Champions League
Date: 18 April 2018
Kick-off: 02:15 CET
Toronto FC are on the verge of making history. Half a year after winning their first ever MLS title, they are two games away from being crowned CONCACAF champions as well, having already eliminated two Mexican giants, Tigres UANL and Club América. A week ago, they visited Club América in the return leg of their 3-1 triumph at home, and despite losing Jozy Altidore less than 10 minutes into the game (he got injured, had to be substituted), they took a surprise lead in the 12th minute. At that point, the Mexicans needed three goals to send the tie to extra time, and they only got one, in added time, from the penalty spot. All in all, Toronto cruised to the final way easier than what they were hoping for. As for Altidore, according to local reports, his presence against Guadalajara is “probable”, which is better than “questionable”, which is how it was described during the weekend. On Saturday, Toronto lost 2-0 at Colorado Rapids (another team they eliminated earlier in the CONCACAF Champions League campaign), playing with many reserves. They are second-to-last in the table of the conference in the MLS, but the season is still very-very young there, and they will have their chances to revert the situation and make it to the playoffs.
Unlike Toronto, Guadalajara had to go through 90 minutes of… pure hell at New York RB last week, in the return leg of their 1-0 win back home a week earlier. They spent the first half defending way too deep, having the hosts practically non-stop inside and right outside their box. They were lucky not to have a penalty given against them in the first half. Second half, they did improve offensively, they created a couple of chances to score, but again, they needed a good deal of luck to avoid conceding. All in all, the final whistle left New York RB feeling they deserved better, at least a goal, the chance to keep fighting in extra time. On Friday, Chivas lost 3-0 at Tijuana, seeing their target of finishing in the top 8 in Mexico’s championship land at the bottom of the trashcan. Center-back Jair Pereira and left-back “Aris” Hernández are out due to cards, while right-back “Chapo” Sánchez is injured and unavailable.
Previous five matches:
Colorado Rapids vs Toronto 2-0
Club America vs Toronto 1-1
Toronto vs Club America 3-1
Toronto vs Real Salt Lake 3-1
Montreal Impact vs Toronto 1-0
Tijuana vs Guadalajara 3-0
New York RB vs Guadalajara 0-0
Guadalajara vs Veracruz 0-1
Guadalajara vs New York RB 1-0
Morelia vs Guadalajara 1-2
Toronto’s next game is at Houston Dynamo, on Saturday (MLS). Guadalajara will be facing Atlas, on Friday (Mexico championship).
Toronto vs Guadalajara: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Toronto vs Guadalajara: Prediction
Don’t underestimate the weather conditions. It’s going to be cold-cold, and most of last weekend it was snowing. All things considered, I expect Toronto to win.
Toronto vs Guadalajara: Betting Tips
A simple Toronto victory pays 1.84. Acting a bit greedy, I would combine their win with a clean sheet, keeping in mind that Guadalajara have scored just one goal in their last four matches, none in their last three.