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Predicting Toronto FC's lineup against Tigres

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Will Greg Vanney take the first Campeones Cup seriously?

Tigres UANL v Toronto FC - CONCACAF Champions League 2018 Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

On Wednesday night Mexican side Tigres return to BMO Field for the inaugural Campeones Cup.

Toronto FC are in a predicament at the moment, as it is still possible for them to finish in a playoff spot (however unlikely) so they might not put all their stock into this game, with some of their focus on their playoff push. Many people, including myself, want them to win this trophy as both a way to keep morale high and win a second trophy this season, but also to be the first name on the trophy — bragging rights of sorts. Tigres might not send their best team either as they have a derby match on Sunday against Monterrey.

I think Vanney will pick a lineup that is a mixture of starters and bench players, and because this lineup is difficult to guess, I'm going to go with a 4-4-2.

Goalkeeper

Clint Irwin

If Vanney is deciding to rotate some of the squad to stay competitive in MLS, it is unlikely that Alex Bono sees the pitch in this one. TFC travel to face the New York Red Bulls on the weekend so Irwin could play to give him a match and keep Bono rested.

Defence

Gregory van der Wiel, Nick Hagglund, Jason Hernandez, Ashtone Morgan

The right side of this back four played against the Galaxy on Saturday and will likely play in New York on the weekend, but with (possibly) Auro and Chris Mavinga out injured still, they will likely be called upon in this one. Hagglund especially might get the start if Tigres play Andre-Pierre Gignac up front. Hernandez and Morgan have both been out of the lineup for a while so giving them a match is overdue.

Midfield

Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Jay Chapman, Lucas Janson

Bradley and Osorio both started against LA Galaxy, and had a decent match. Osorio scored his 17th goal of the season while Bradley was internet famous for 20 minutes after a dust up with Zlatan.

Lucas Janson came off the bench and replaced Victor Vazquez, slotting nicely into that attacking midfield role just behind the strikers. I would like to see him start there one day, to see if he can perhaps earn an extended stay in Toronto (if he hasn't already) and show his versatility. Jay Chapman scored on Saturday and will hopefully start this match. He looked decent in that match and if Vanney decides to rotate the squad, this match could be an important audition for him to prove that he should get more minutes.

Forward

Sebastian Giovinco, Tosaint Ricketts

Sebastian Giovinco hasn't missed many games this season, including midweek games, so I think he's bound to start this one. Alongside him might be the likes of Tosaint Ricketts, particularly since Jordan Hamilton wasn’t named to the squad for this fixture and Jozy Altidore may be saved for the weekend.