MLS Weekend Preview & Betting Lines
Who To Back In The MLS
By Matt Pitt
NYCFC (+200) versus New York Red Bulls (+125)
NYCFC find themselves in second place in the Eastern Conference going into their clash with rivals New York Red Bulls knowing that if they secure all three points they could go top of the conference.
Former England international midfielder Frank Lampard scored the for the second consecutive game was NYCFC beat Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, extending their road undefeated streak to four games in the process.
When these sides met earlier in the season, also at the Yankee Stadium, Red Bulls demolished NYCFC by seven goals to nil, the most goals scored by Red Bulls in a single game in their history.
Bradley Wright-Phillips bagged a brace of goals in that game, and has six goals in his last five appearances in a Red Bulls shirt, and is now up to nine for the season, two behind NYCFC’s David Villa on 11.
I don’t expect a similar rout this weekend, in fact I fancy siding with a tie at odds of +250 mainly because NYCFC have tied five times at home, and the Red Bulls have once only once on their travels.
Pick: Tie at +250
Real Salt Lake (-112) versus DC United (+340)
The 2-0 win over FC Dallas at the weekend ended a three-game winless streak for Real Salt Lake so they will go into their home match against FC Dallas full of confidence.
Salt Lake are third in the Western Conference, thanks in part to being unbeaten at home so far this season with a record of 5-0-1 so do not expect any repeat of the wild 6-4 D.C. United win like when the sides met a year ago.
D.C. United have only ever one once in Utah, and that was back in 2005. Real’s record is 7-0-1 at home against them since, and I expect that to increase to 8-0-1 by the time the final whistle blows on July 1.
Away form has been a problem for D.C. United this season, they are currently 1-2-4 on the road, and facing a team who is superb on home soil is not what they need right now.
D.C. could fall out of the playoff places if they lose, Orlando City win, and either Toronto FC or New England Revolution pick up at least a point. Sadly for D.C. fans, I think they will lose again.
Pick: Real Salt Lake at -112
Montreal Impact (+115) versus New England Revolution (+235)
Montreal Impact are now unbeaten in their last three games, winning one and drawing two consecutive games, the last being a 2-2 tie at Sporting Kansas City.
Star forward Ignacio Piatti now has nine goals this season and is tied for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings with Bradley Wright-Phillips, and only two goals behind NYVFC’s David Villa.
Impact have been inconsistent at home this season and are currently 3-1-3, but are unbeaten in four past meetings with New England Revolution, winning twice in two meetings between the teams a year ago.
New England Revolution are 1-4-3 on the road so far in the 2016 regular season, yet they are still only a point outside of the playoffs.
Kei Kamara needs to rediscover his goal scoring touch if the Revs are to get anything out of this game, but I just don’t see that happening.
Pick: Montreal Impact at +115
Other MLS Fixtures
Chicago Fire (+128) versus San Jose Earthquakes (+229)
Toronto FC (-141) versus Seattle Sounders (+365)
Houston Dynamo (+125) versus Philadelphia Union (+215)
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