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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Rejuvenated Toronto can clip the wings of highflying Atlanta

Jozy Altidore's return has boosted Canadian side

Jozy Altidore of Toronto FC
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It’s a bold move to oppose highflying Atlanta in Major League Soccer this term but if any side can stall their push for the Supporters Shield it is last season’s treble winners Toronto.

After finishing as the best regular-season team and hoovering up the MLS Cup and Canadian Championship in 2017, Toronto’s title defence stalled at the start of this campaign but they could be set for a mid-season revival.

The Canadians are fresh from recording their first back-to-back league victories of the year, both over Chicago, and the return of one key player in particular could spark a late bid for success.

Jozy Altidore has been restricted to just five MLS matches this term due to injury but he netted in the most recent encounter with Chicago and rejuvenated his strike partner Sebastian Giovinco in the process. Giovinco has notched in each of the last two games.

Toronto are on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions and, although Atlanta have lost just one of their last 11, the hosts have shown vulnerability at the back, conceding in four of their last five games.

In-form striker Josef Martinez leads the MLS scoring with 24 goals this term and Atlanta's winning mentality makes them dangerous opponents. However, an experienced Toronto side with fully-fit key forwards could cause an upset on the road.

Toronto & draw double chance
1pt 7-5 bet365

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Toronto’s title defence stalled at the start of this campaign but they could be set for a mid-season revival
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