How To Bet MLS Week 29 - Betting Rundown & Top Free Picks

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Friday, September 23, 2016 4:56 PM GMT

There’s another full slate of 10 MLS Regular Season matches on the docket this weekend with one fixture Friday night, let’s try to build on our 12-5-1 Record here last weekend—19-9-1 overall—and try to make your Offshore sportsbook weep.

The games start this Friday in The Big Apple, then seven more games on Saturday—including Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena to face 20-goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls—and finally two more on Sunday including the Sounders in Carson to face the LA Galaxy. The rundown below can help in your betting picks selection, always be sure to check the list of best sportsbooks before placing your bets.

Friday, September 23, 2016


NYCFC vs. Chicago Fire, Yankee Stadium
When the Chicago Fire played NYCFC here in The Bronx earlier this season, a 0-0 scoreline was actually the end result—something somewhat strange for a small stadium built for MLB (Yankee Stadium) and which has seen more than its share of Overs in the 1½-years-plus this NYCFC franchise has played in the MLS. On Friday night in this Eastern Conference fixture, David Accam (8 goals) and Chicago (300/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) will be up against it against playmaker David Villa (17 goals), Frank Lampard (12 goals), Thomas McNamara (5 goals) and NYCFC (7/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) in The House That Ruth Built with the hosts fighting for playoff positioning. The only 4 meetings here reveals (NYCFC 0-0 CHI, CHI 3-4 NYCFC, NYCFC 2-2 CHI, CHI 1-0 NYCFC) a mixed bag with the Home team winning once, the Road team winning once, 2 Draws and 2 Overs and 2 Unders—one apiece in each Site. MLS Yin and Yang.


Final Score Prediction: NYCFC 3 Fire 1
Free MLS Pick: NYCFC -143, Over 2½ -182 at Intertops
MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -200 at Betstars

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Saturday, September 24, 2016


Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Chris Pontius and the Philadelphia Union head to Toronto on Saturday afternoon for a big Eastern Conference fixture between the 4th- and 1st-place teams and a game in which the hosts will be without the league's defending MVP, Sebastian Giovinco who has been out for weeks with Quadricep and Abductor Strains as well as MF Jay Chapman (MCL Tear) and D Ashtone Morgan (Foot) who had surgery for a Stress Fracture. The L5 meetings in this series (PHI 1-3 TOR, TOR 3-1 PHI, TOR 2-1 PHI, PHI 0-1 TOR, TOR 0-2 PHI) reveals that the Road club has won 3 times, TFC has W4 straight outscoring the Union, 9-3, and the Over has W3 straight. Without its star, Toronto (6/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) won't be as potent, but Philadelphia (28/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) just isn't scared enough about not making the Playoffs, to worry too much here in Quebec.


Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 Union 1
Free MLS Pick: Toronto FC -135 at Pinnacle

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DC United vs. Orlando SC
Brazilian legend Kaká (8 goals) and Orlando City travel to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on Saturday for this big Eastern Conference fixture for both sides who currently both have identical 7-13-9 records and who both sit uncomfortably out of Playoff positioning in 7th and 8th place meaning this could be a tough Loss for the loser and a Draw is a distinct possibility. With Orlando SC (2-6-6, 22 GF-28 GA on Road) expanding into the MLS last season, these two clubs have only played 3 times in MLS play (ORL 1-0 DCU, DCU 2-1 ORL, ORL 0-1 DCU) with DC United winning twice and the one previous meeting in DC going Over. And Kevin Molino (10 goals) and Cyle Larin (14 goals) and desperation in the air for OCSC—which has remarkably scored a goal in 22 of its L23 games in all competitions—are a goal-scoring team this regular season, so backing the Over and the Both Teams To Score (Yes) Prop seems logical here. Almost knowing one club will score should provide some betting edges.


Final Score Prediction: DC United 2 Orlando City 2
Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -167 at Intertops
MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -200 at Bet365

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NY Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact
Ignacio Piatti (14 goals), Didier Drogba (10 goals) and the Montreal Impact travel to New Jersey on Saturday to face the prolific Bradley Wright-Phillips (20 goals) and the New York Red Bulls, who, thanks to BWP, have scored the most goals to date in the MLS (52). The L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series (RBNY 3-1 MTL, MT 3-0 RBNY, RBNY 2-1 MTL, MTL 1-1 RBNY, RBNY 4-2 MTL) reveals 4 Overs in 5 games (average 3.2 gpg), the Home side 4-1-0 and the BTTS (Yes) also 4-1. We will let the Trends be our guide: Home side, Over and BTTS (Yes) in what should be a shootout in The Garden State.


Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 3 Impact 2
MLS Free Pick: Red Bulls -144, Over 2½ at BetCris
MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes)

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Pedro Morales (6 goals) welcome Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids to British Columbia on Saturday night for a big Western Conference match for the Canadian hosts who sit 6 points off 6th-place with the MLS Regular Season withering down. The L5 meetings in this series (COL 2-0 VAN, VAN 2-2 COL, VAN 2-0 COL, COL 2-1 VAN, COL 1-0 VAN) reveals the Home team an unbeaten 4-1-0 with the Under 3-2. So many Rapids matches have been low-scoring this season that seems wise to just blindly back the Under here, even in Ogopogo-ville and even with oddsmakers favoring the Over across the board. Art over Science.


Final Score Prediction: Whitecaps 1 Rapids 0
Free MLS Pick: Under 2½ +105 at Intertops

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Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers
Fanendo Adi (15 goals) and the MLS champion Portland Timbers head to Houston on Saturday night to play the Houston Dynamo in a big Western Conference match for the visitors who sit in 5th place and just 1 point away from 6th-place and the Playoff cutoff line. With the Timbers (20/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) riding a 2-game win streak and Andrew Wenger (5 goals), Will Bruin (4 goals) and Houston (300/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) so unpredictable, at Home and having absolutely nothing to lose, this match from the Lone Star State is probably just best left alone.


Final Score Prediction: Dynamo 1 Timbers 1
Free MLS Pick: None

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Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas
Western Conference leaders FC Dallas (15-7-8, 47 GF-39 GA) head to the beautiful Sandy, Utah and the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday night to face 4th-place Real Salt Lake in a match seemingly more important for the hosts. With MLS odds favorites FCD (+400 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) not needing the Win or the 3 points as much as host Real Salt Lake (12/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) here, this one seems like it fits the Draw mold although with FC Dallas below average on the Road (5-3-7, 17 GF-28 GA on Road) and Joao Plata (9 goals) and RLS so good at Home in suburban Salt Lake City (8-6-1, 22 GF-14 GA), the logical lean here has to go with RSL and GK extraordinaire Nick Rimando. Site matters.


Final Score Prediction: Real Salt Lake 2 FC Dallas 1
Free MLS Pick: Real Salt Lake Draw No Bet +243 at Pinnacle

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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting KC
Dominic Dwyer (14 goals) and Sporting Kansas City (11-7-12, 37 GF-37 GA) head to San Jose on Saturday night to face Chris Wondolowski (11 goals) and the Earthquakes (40/1 to win MLS Cup at popular Soccer Online sportsbook Intertops, which has a 200% Cash Bonus for new Sign-ups and which an A grade in the best sportsbooks ratings here at Sportsbook Review) in a big Western Conference meeting for both clubs who sit in 6th and 9th place in the Conference and both in the thick of the fight for a potential Playoff spot. The L5 meetings in this series (SJ 1-0 SKC, SJ 1-0 SKC SKC 0-5 SJ, SKC 1-0 SJ, SJ 1-0 SKC) reveals that there has been a Clean Sheet 5 straight matches with 4 Unders, 4 1-0 scorelines, the Home side is 4-0-1 and the Earthquakes having W3 straight and outscoring SKC 7-0 in the process. And that recent and relevant. And here at the current (American odds) price of Even money (+100) (2.00 Decimal, 1/1 Fractional), backing both the host Quakes and the Under in the Golden State seems wise.


Final Score Prediction: San Jose 2 Sporting KC 1
Free MLS Pick: Under 2½ +110, Earthquakes at Intertops

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders
Legendary MLS Head Coach Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy finally get a Home game against Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders after 4 straight meetings at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (SEA 1-1 LA, SEA 0-1 LA, SEA 3-2 LA, SEA 1-1 LA, LA 3-1 SEA). Lifetime in Lalaland, the Galaxy are 8-3-1 against Seattle (50/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops), outscoring the Jordan Morris (10 goals) Sounders, 21-8. Here, the Galaxy cut their unbeaten mark at Home on the line (8-7-0, 30 GF-14 GA), and with Old Man (34 years old) Landon Donovan added to a Roster along with Robbie Keane (8 goals), Steven Gerrard, Mike Magee (6 goals), Giovani dos Santos (14 goals), Gyasi Zardes (6 goals), Sebastian Lletget and one of the best Defenses in the MLS, the Galaxy (6/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) will be tough to beat in this nationally televised affair (ESPN), especially with rugged Seattle Captain Brad Evans still dealing with Back Pains and possibly missing according the the Sounders website on Tuesday.


Final Score Prediction: Galaxy 2 Sounders 1
Free MLS Pick: LA Galaxy -154 at Intertops
MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -150 at Bet365

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Columbus Crew vs. NE Revolution
Ola Kamara (13 goals) and the 9th-place Columbus Crew (6-11-11, 40 GF-46 GA) face former teammate Kai Kamara (4 goals), Lee Nguyen (6 goals) and the 6th-place New England Revolution (9-9-12, 37 GF-49 GA) at Home in Columbus on Sunday night in the MLS Week 29 finale and big Eastern Conference match for both sides. The L5 times these two have played (NE 0-2 CREW, NE 3-1 CREW, CREW 2-1, NE 0-0 CREW, NE 3-1 CREW) reveals 2 New England Wins, 2 Crew Wins and a Draw and a deeper handicapping dive reveals the Over is 5-2 in the L7 meetings and New England (100/1 to win MLS, Intertops) to be an impressive 5-1-2 in the L8, outscoring the Crew, 14-7. So it seems with the Crew (4-8-2, 26 GF-25 GA at Home) having nothing to lose and the Revs (2-5-8, 17 GF-31 GA on Road) confident against Columbus (125/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) and still fighting to hold onto its Playoff spot, there should be goals here and this may evolve into heavy Draw week in the MLS.


Final Score Prediction: Crew 2 Revolution 2
Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -167 at Intertops
MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -150 at Paddy Power

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