Who To Back This Week In MLS
MLS Betting Tips & Wagering Advice
By Matt Pitt
Toronto FC (+140) vs. New York Red Bulls (+190)
Toronto FC find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference going into this weekend’s fixtures and could extend their lead at the summit to five points if they can brush aside second-placed New York Red Bulls.
When these sides met in Toronto in October 2015, the home side won by two goals to one, but the most recent meeting, in May 2016, saw Red Bulls run out 3-0 winners at home.
This match could be a high scoring affair as Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco has scored 16 goals this season while Red Bull’s Bradley Wright-Phillips is on 18 goals.
Despite Red Bulls having only won two games on the road this season, I fancy the New York side to return home with all three points and to return to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Pick: New York Red Bulls at +190
Sporting Kansas City (+120) vs. L.A. Galaxy (+225)
Sporting Kansas City and L.A. Galaxy lock horns this weekend in a game that could see Galaxy close the gap at the top of the Western Conference to a single point should they win and FC Dalls falter on the road at NYCFC.
Sporting’s 9-4-2 home record looks much better than Galaxy’s 3-4-7 away form, but the Galaxy squad is vastly experienced and can handle the pressure created by being a high-flying team.
Galaxy have shown a resilience of late and are harder to beat, and in Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane, who have 22 goals between them, they can be deadly in front of goal.
Of course, Sporting have Dominic Dwyer on 13 goals but I can see the Galaxy defence coping to an attack that has only scored 35 goals in total this season, that and the fact +225 on a Galaxy win seem insanely long.
Pick: L.A. Galaxy at +225
Colorado Rapids (-135) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (+370)
Colorado Rapids are still unbeaten at home in the regular season, and I believe their 9-0-4 record will improve to 10-0-4 after the visit of San Jose Earthquakes.
The past two meetings at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have resulted in 1-1 draws, but it is worth noting the Earthquakes have a 13-match unbeaten streak against the Rapids, winning seven of those games, including winning 1-0 at home in the previous contests between these two sides.
It is also worth pointing out the six of the Rapids’ 12 victories this season have been by a 1-0 scoreline; fact that into your betting this weekend.
Despite the Earthquakes’ great record against Colorado, I have to go with a Rapid victory just because of their immense home form so far this season.
Pick: Colorado Rapids at -135
Other Matchday 28 Fixtures
Chicago Fire (-141) vs. DC United (+380)
Seattle Sounders (-110) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (+290)
Portland Timbers (-105) vs. Philadelphia Union (+280)
NYCFC (-115) vs. FC Dallas (+300)
Montreal Impact (+105) vs. New England Revolution (+265)
Orlando City (+100) vs. Columbus Crew SC (+270)
Real Salt Lake (-149) vs. Houston Dynamo (+400)
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