CFL - Fri 27/07/2012 - 06:01 EDT

Montreal vs Toronto CFL East Division Rivalry Betting Action

While much has been made about the National Football League opening their 2012 training camps this past week, live Canadian Football League betting action has already hit Week 5 up in the Great White North.

That action continues tonight as the Toronto Argonauts visit La belle province to battle the Montreal Alouettes in a CFL East Division rivalry game. This is the first of three match-ups between these clubs this season.

Toronto Argonauts: Look to Break Recent Betting Trends

Opening the season with a 2-2 record, and in a three team log jam in the CFL East, Toronto is looking to break out of the lose one – win one betting trend they have been on through the the first four weeks of the season. The Argos opened the year with a loss in Edmonton, then they recorded a win at home against Calgary, a road loss to Hamilton, and squeaked by Winnipeg (1-4) with a 25-22 home win last weekend. Toronto has posted 106 for and allowed 113 points against – more points would be nice but they are  balanced

Montreal Alouettes: Lack of a Ground Game Starting to Catch up to the Als

With the Als gaining FIVE total rush yards against Calgary in Week 3, we warned bettors that Montreal can’t continue to win with that kind of production on the ground – they won that contest 33-32. That showed when the Tiger-Cats beat up on the Alouettes 39-24 last weekend. Montreal managed  just 67 rushing yards on 12 carries – two for 15 from QB Anthony Calvillo. Toronto allowed 226 rushing yards to Hamilton (112) and Winnipeg (114) over the past two weeks.

Sportsbook Review Argonauts vs Alouettes CFL Friday Night Football Prediction

After getting torched for 360 passing yards and four touchdowns by TiCats QB Henry Burris in Week 4, the Alouettes defense now has to contend with Ricky Ray and the Argos offense that gained 325 yards and three TD through the air last weekend. Als QB Calvillo is getting battered and bruised continuously this season and the Argonauts will be bringing the heat in this one.

Premium online sportsbooks, like the one at the betting website, have the Alouettes posted as -3.5 favorites. That’s mainly because Montreal has dominated the Argos with a 12-2 record dating back to the 2008 season and the Als are hosting. That said, Toronto is an improved club while Montreal is regressing – take the points and back the Boatmen in a close contest.

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