MLS Conference Finals Predictions
MLS Conference Finals Betting Advice
By Matt Pitt
Eastern Conference Final
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
The Eastern Conference final is an all-Canadian affair after Toronto FC and Montreal Impact navigated their way through tricky semi-final games.
Toronto made short work of highly fancied NYCFC, beating them 2-0 at home then demolishing them 5-0 at New York to press 7-0 on aggregate. Nobody could have predicted how NYCFC would implode, but take nothing away from Toronto.They were awesome and are deservedly the +200 favorites to win the MLS Cup.
The first leg of the Eastern Conference final takes place on November 22 in Montreal, which makes Impact +120 favorites for the first leg with Toronto priced at +210. Toronto are 2-1-2 against Montreal this year in MLS regular season and Canadian Championship play.
Impact won both home and away against New York Red Bulls, winning 2-1 on the road and 1-0 on home soil. Red Bulls were unbeaten in 16 games prior to facing Impact, which goes to show the enormity of the Canadian side’s performances.
Toronto will be too strong for Impact over two legs. If the game was a one off, Impact (+400 to win the MLS Cup) would have more than a decent chance of progressing, but Toronto have Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore firing on all cylinders – the pair have 44 goals between them this season – and I just can’t see Impact shutting them out over the course of 180-minutes.
Western Conference Final
Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids
Seattle Sounders take on Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference final knowing that making it through these two games would see them reach their first MLS Cup. Seattle are +225 second favorites to win the MLS Cup thanks to them beating FC Dallas over two legs, reaching the final 4-2 on aggregate.
The first leg, in Seattle, saw the Sounders win 3-0 with all three goals coming between the 50th and 58th minute. Dallas won 2-1 at home, but it wasn’t enough to keep their fantastic season going for another few weeks.
Colorado needed penalties to beat LA Galaxy with both sides winning their home leg of the semi-final 1-0. The Rapids’ goalscorer in the second leg, Shkelzen Gashi, left the field on crutches and is in a race against time to be fit for the final in a couple of weeks’ time.
Sounders have their own injury worries with Jordan Morris suffering a thigh injury. Morris, who was recently called up to the USA national team, has been a revelation in his rookie year and will be sorely missed if he isn’t passed fit in time.
The Sounders are -125 favorites to beat the Rapids on home soil and I think they need a two-goal advantage by the time the game ends as the Rapids are phenomenal on home soil and regularly win by shutout. The Sounders could be too strong over the two legs, so I’m backing a Seattle vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup final, which would be quite the spectacle.
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