Preview: Toronto vs. Nashville SC - prediction, team news, lineups

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 Nashville SC will try to extend their unbeaten run to eight games when they pay a visit to BMO Field on Sunday to face Toronto.


Nashville are coming off a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati last Saturday, while the Reds have yet to lose under interim manager Javier Perez, defeating the Chicago Fire last week 2-1.




They are far from out of the woods after 15 games of the season, but there are definite signs that TFC might be turning the corner.


This team of veterans, who have made it to the MLS Cup final three times since 2016, seem to have come together after losing 7-1 to DC United, a game which cost Chris Armas his job.


Since that debacle, they have come a long way, with a victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution and then draws against Orlando City and the New York Red Bulls before beating the Fire.


Even though they came away with three points last weekend, Perez knows that his team were very fortunate as Chicago dominated most of that game, out shooting Toronto 31-8, firing 14 shots on target and holding 57% possession.


However, the results are the only things that matter, and if they can continue to be on the right side of these matches, there is an opportunity to make up ground with their next five games coming against Eastern Conference sides who are currently ahead of them in the table.


The Reds are feeling a lot better about their game lately, especially on the road, where they have won their last two fixtures after losing four in a row.



An expansion team a year ago, Nashville have quickly established themselves as a stellar Eastern Conference team, currently sitting in second with 26 points from 15 games.



Gary Smith and his side had a memorable month of July, going unbeaten in their five fixtures, winning three times.


They have found success by relying on a solid defensive game, with three clean sheets over their last five encounters, an encouraging sign for a side that conceded four goals in their opening two matches of the season.


Their recent success could also be because they have not dug themselves as many early deficits lately, scoring the opening goal within the first 15 minutes of play in their last two victories.


Now they face the challenge of trying to win away from home, which has been hard to come by for this group as they have yet to collect three points on the road this season.


Seven points separate Nashville from the top spot in the east heading into this match, but with their next fixture being against New England next Wednesday, they will know how much three points this weekend could mean in the standings

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