Toronto FC are back at BMO Field tonight. After a big win in Montreal on the weekend, The Reds will look to extend their winning streak, and will take on the New York Red Bulls, a notorious TFC-killer.
In Montreal, TFC played a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Alejandro Pozuelo playing a bit deeper than usual, something that Montreal struggled to defend. I really liked that formation, and how TFC's players fit into it, and have chosen it for my prediction today.
Westberg picked up his third clean sheet of the season in Montreal, and will try to build on the momentum that a clean sheet in a derby match is sure to provide.
Auro, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow
This is the same back four that were excellent in Montreal. They didn't give the Impact many chances to score, mostly limiting them to long distance efforts.
Omar Gonzalez in particular was excellent in his Toronto FC debut in my opinion. He took charge of the backline in a leadership sense, but also made important tackles when he needed to. Although in an infinitesimal sample size, I think early indications are that he'll be a good signing for TFC.
Michael Bradley, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio, Jacob Shaffelburg, Erickson Gallardo
Alejandro Pozuelo played a bit deeper than usual against Montreal, and the Impact had trouble defending him. Playing a bit deeper allowed him to take more control of the transition plays between the defenders and forwards, and get a lot more of the ball.
Jonathan Osorio missed the 401 Derby due to flu-like symptoms, but is expected to play in this one. On either side of him could be two of the most recent signings for TFC: Jacob Shaffelburg and Erickson Gallardo.
Shaffelburg has been incredible since getting the call up from TFC II, while Gallardo is yet to make his first appearance since joining the club last week. I believe the reason for him not playing in Montreal is that his international transfer certificate wasn't finalised yet, but if he's good to go for this one, I think he'll get a start.
Jozy Altidore scored a late free kick in Montreal on the weekend, to seal the 2-0 victory in the final moments of the match.
He looked dangerous all game, and will be hoping to stay healthy for the remainder of the season and help TFC push for a playoff spot.
My full starting XI: