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MLS Match Day One Betting Preview

MLS Match Day One Betting Preview
Week 1 of the 2017 Major League Soccer season is upon us and each of the 22 teams will want to get off to a winning start. Who will win? Who will slip up? Who will you bet on?

Bettor’s MLS Week One Goldmine

By Matt Pitt

LA Galaxy (+125) vs. FC Dallas (+195)


The pick of the opening weekend’s games has to be LA Galaxy versus reigning Supporters’ Shield holders FC Dallas at the StubHub Center. 

It has been a busy offseason for Galaxy with the likes of Steven Gerrard retiring, talismanic forward Robbie Keane leaving the club, and both Leonardo and A.J. DeLaGarza heading to Houston. Galaxy brought in a handful of players but it is USA international midfielder Jermaine Jones and Romain Alessandrini who are the standout signings.

Alessandrini is a particularly exciting signing. The former Marseille midfielder has the potential to become an MVP in his first season so it will be intriguing to see how he takes to the MLS.

Dallas will be looking to get their 2017 campaign off to a winning start as they attempt to retain the Supporters’ Shield. The loss of Fabian Castillo is a major blow to Dallas but they have recruited well and should still be highly competitive this season.

Both teams have won twice, with a draw dropped in for good measure in their last five meetings. The 0-0 occurred in LA in October 2016. The same score is priced at +850 with Bovada, as is a 2-1 Galaxy win, with 1-0 in Galaxy’s favor a slightly shorter +800.

I’m staying away from the correct score market but think this game will end all square so will back the draw at +225.

Galaxy correct score

Pick: Tie at +225

Houston Dynamo (+145) vs. Seattle Sounders (+170)


Houston Dynamo, the second worst team in the MLS in 2016, play host the reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders in their opening fixture of the new campaign.

Dynamo were terrible in 2016, ending with a 7-14-13 record and scoring only 39 goals in 34 games. However, they have been superb in preseason friendlies where they have won six consecutive matches including games against New England Revolution and NYCFC while taking a share of the spoils against the Red Bulls.

The Sounders on the other hand have been poor in preseason, losing three and drawing two of their five friendlies. All but one of those friendly games were low scoring affairs, which is what I expect from this MLS regular season match.

The last three encounters between these teams in Houston have ended in a 1-1 draw, and with Bovada offering +525 on this outcome, that is where my money is going.

Dynamo odds

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Pick: 1-1 draw at +525

Other Week 1 Fixtures

Portland Timbers (-170) vs. Minnesota United (+400)

Columbus Crew (-165) vs. Chicago Fire (+400)

Real Salt Lake (+115) vs. Toronto FC (+210)

Colorado Rapids (-130) vs. New England Revolution (+330)

DC United (-110) vs. Sporting Kansas City (+275)

Houston Dynamo (+145) vs. Seattle Sounders (+170)

San Jose Earthquakes (+100) vs. Montreal Impact (+255)

Orlando City (+125) vs. New York City FC (+190)

Atlanta United (+175) vs. New York Red Bulls (+145)

Vancouver Whitecaps (-115) vs. Philadelphia Union (+295)

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