Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction, Preview, Lineups & More | MLS

In the highly anticipated Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction, Toronto FC is determined to achieve the elusive feat of back-to-back league victories, which has eluded them all year. The clash is set to take place at BMO Field on September 16. In their recent outing, the Reds brought an end to their disheartening 10-match losing streak by triumphing over the Philadelphia Union with a resounding 3-1 victory.

On the other hand, the Vancouver Whitecaps approach this matchup on the back of a commendable streak, having secured points in three consecutive road fixtures, including a recent 1-1 draw with New York City FC. This pivotal game signifies the final all-Canadian showdown of the 2023 Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season.

Match Preview: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps

  • Match: Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps
  • When: Saturday, September 16
  • Where: BMO Stadium
  • Kickoff: 7:30 pm ET

Toronto FC

Under the banner of Toronto FC, the team has completed 27 championship matches, resulting in a record of 4 wins, 10 draws, and 13 losses. This places them in the 28th position. Throughout the season, Toronto FC has been conceding an average of 1.4 goals per match, with the majority occurring in the second half, accounting for 64% of all goals against them. On the offensive side, they manage to score an average of 0.9 goals per game, primarily during the second half of the match, which constitutes 65% of all their goals. These statistics are pivotal in understanding the factors that have contributed to both their successes and setbacks this season.

Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps have taken a responsible approach to the current season, resulting in an impressive record of 10 wins, 8 losses, and 8 draws. This places them among the leaders of the championship after 27 matches, a feat that has garnered attention. Their strong position can be attributed to their goal statistics, with an average of 1.6 goals scored and 1.3 goals conceded per game.

In away matches, the Vancouver Whitecaps display their most dangerous form during the 16-30 minute period, where they have notched up 10 goals. However, they face evident defensive challenges in the second half of the first period, from the 31-45 minute mark, where they have conceded 10 goals. With such statistics, fans can expect an exciting and engaging style of play from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the upcoming matches.


Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps HEAD-TO-HEAD ANALYSIS

  • Last 6 years head-to-head record: Toronto FC – 3 wins, Vancouver Whitecaps – 3 wins, 3 draws.
  • Their most recent clash on July 27, 2022, in the Canada Championship ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • In a May 9, 2022, MLS match, the Vancouver Whitecaps narrowly defeated Toronto FC with a 1-0 scoreline.
  • On April 25, 2021, during the 2021 MLS season, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 2-2 draw in another closely contested matchup.

Season Statistics so far for Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps

Toronto FC

  • Wins: 9
  • Losses: 12
  • Draws: 10
  • Goals Scored: 41
  • Goals Allowed: 50
  • Points: 37

Vancouver Whitecaps

  • Wins: 7
  • Losses: 15
  • Draws: 8
  • Goals Scored: 32
  • Goals Allowed: 42
  • Points: 29

As you can see, Toronto FC has a better record in all major statistical categories. They have scored more goals, allowed fewer goals, and earned more points. However, the Whitecaps are still a dangerous team, and they have the potential to beat anyone on their day.

Possible Lineups

Possible Lineups

Toronto FC (4-3-3)

GoalkeeperTomas Romero (30)
DefenderKobe Franklin (19)
DefenderSigurd Rosted (17)
DefenderMichael Bradley (4)
DefenderRaoul Petretta (28)
MidfielderFranco Ibarra (5)
MidfielderAlonso Coello (52)
MidfielderJonathan Osorio (21)
ForwardFederico Bernardeschi (10)
ForwardDeandre Kerr (29)
ForwardLorenzo Insigne (24)

Vancouver Whitecaps (3-1-4-2)

GoalkeeperYohei Takaoka (18)
DefenderMathias Laborda (2)
DefenderRanko Veselinovic (4)
DefenderTristan Blackmon (6)
MidfielderAndres Cubas (20)
MidfielderRichie Laryea (7)
MidfielderAlessandro Schopf (8)
MidfielderPedro Vite (45)
DefenderSam Adekugbe (3)
MidfielderRyan Gauld (25)
ForwardBrian White (24)

Injured or Missing Players

Toronto FC

  • Sean Johnson (Goalkeeper) – Injured
  • Greg Ranjitsingh (Goalkeeper) – Injured
  • Shane O’Neill (Defender) – Injured
  • Cristian Gutierrez (Defender) – Injured
  • Cassius Mailula (Midfielder) – Injured
  • Adama Diomande (Forward) – Injured
  • C.J. Sapong (Forward) – Injured
  • Prince-Osei Owusu (Forward) – Injured
  • Latif Blessing (Forward) – Injured

Vancouver Whitecaps

  • Thomas Hasal (Goalkeeper) – Injured
  • Luis Martins (Defender) – Injured

Toronto FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps Prediction

Toronto FC’s performance this season has undeniably been lackluster, evident from their meager number of wins. This less-than-stellar form should boost Vancouver’s confidence as they head into the match. Furthermore, Vancouver holds an impressive four-game unbeaten streak against Toronto FC in previous encounters.

While Toronto FC managed to secure a win in their last game, the inconsistency in their performances suggests that they could easily slip back into their losing ways.

Prediction: In what promises to be a closely contested match, we predict Vancouver Whitecaps to emerge victorious with a scoreline of 2-1 against Toronto FC.