MLS Week 33 Rundown Tips And Free Picks

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Friday, October 14, 2016 5:45 PM GMT

After three matches on Wednesday and Thursday, MLS Regular Season Week 33 will be played on Sunday with all 20 of the league’s clubs in action with several having possible Playoff positioning implications. Let’s handicap all 10 of Sunday’s MLS matches and make some valuable soccer picks.

MLS Rundown Picks Record Weeks 18-30: 131-93-8

The matches this week include the defending champion and 7th-place Timbers hosting the Colorado Rapids in a huge must-win spot for Portland, and hopefully, we can make some profitable soccer picks for our readership.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, Red Bull Arena, 3 p.m. EDT

Bradley Wright-Phillips (21 goals) and the Red Bulls (14-9-9, 56 GF-42 GA) host Ola Kamara (15 goals) and the Columbus Crew (8-11-12, 45 GF-48 GA) on Sunday afternoon (MLS LIVE, MSG, Spectrum Sports OH, CW Columbus) as the Home team looks to extend its unbeaten string to 15 matches. The L5 meetings in this series (CLB 1-1 RBNY, RBNY 1-0 CLB, CLB 2-0 RBNY, RBNY 2-1 CLB, CLB 2-1 RBNY) reveals the Home side an unbeaten 4-1-0 (8-3 goals) and the Under surprisingly having W3 straight. Here, at Home in New Jersey, with an unbeaten run on the line as well 1st place in the Eastern Conference—RBNY is tied with new rival NYCFC (51 points) heading in—suggesting backing the Red Bulls and the Over seems wise in a spot where the Crew will at least put forth a game effort.

Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 3 Crew 1

Free MLS Pick: Red Bulls -222, Over 2½ -182

Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City, Talen Energy Center, 3 p.m. EDT

The 6th-place Philadelphia Union (11-9-12, 52 GS-51 GA) welcome slumping Orlando City SC (7-14-11, 49 GF-58 GA) to sort-of suburban Philadelphia for a huge game for the hosts who sit precariously in 6th place in the Eastern Conference (42 points) and for now, in possession of the last Playoff spot in the conference as the season starts to wind down. The lone 4 meetings in this series—Orlando just expanded into the MLS last year—(OPRL 2-2 PHI, PHI 2-1 ORL, PHI 1-0 ORL, ORL 0-0 PHI) reveals the Home side winning twice with 2 Draws and the L2 meetings going Over. With Chris Pontius (12 goals) and Philadelphia (8-4-3, 30 GF-20 GA) needing the victory and the 3 points so much more and Cyle Larin (14 goals), Kevin Molino (10 goals) and OCSC (2-7-7, 22 GF-32 GA on Road) on the skids (WLLLDL), backing the homeboys either straight or using them as a parlay element—maybe with RBNY—is the pick.

Final Score Prediction: Union 2 OCSC 1

Free MLS Pick: Union -250

Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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DC United vs. NYCFC, RFK Stadium, 3 p.m. EDT

David Villa (21 goals) and NYCFC (14-9-9, 57 GF-53 GA) head to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon to face the 5th-place DC United (10-13-9, 48 GF-42 GA, 43 points) in a big game for both, with Fear the motivating factor for the hosts. The only 4 meetings in this series—NYCFC expanded into the league last season—in MLS play (NYCFC 3-2 DC, DC 0-2 NYCFC, DC 2-1 NYCFC, NYCFC 3-1 DC) reveals the Both Teams To Score (Yes) 3-1 and NYCFC also 3-1-0, scoring 9 goals in the four meetings. With the hosts from the District of Columbia needing the points more here, DCU (W3) will concentrate more on Defense making the Under seem like a viable play (2½, +130) at Intertops—which has a 200% Cash Bonus for new Sign-ups and which has an A grade in the best sportsbooks ratings here at Sportsbook Review—but with the Over juiced at -167, oddsmakers are seeing a faster pace and with the prolific NYCFC and Villa and Frank Lampard (12 goals) involved, it's understood.

Final Score Prediction: DC United 2 NYCFC 2

Free MLS Pick: None

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Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, Saputo Stadium, 3 p.m. ET

The (Interstate) 401 Derby will be played in Quebec this time, with talisman Didier Drogba (10 goals) and the host 4th-place Montreal Impact (10-11-10, 46 GF-48 GA, 45 points) needing at least a result here much more than Sebastian Giovinco (16 goals), Jozy Altidore (10 goals) and host 3rd-place Toronto FC (13-10-9, 46 GF-45 GA, 49 points), who sits a solidly up the table as the Regular Season ticks down. The L5 meetings in this series (TOR 0-1 MTL, MTL 0-2 TOR, MTL 3-0 TOR, MTL 2-1 TOR, TOR 2-1 MTL) shows three straight Clean Sheets, the visiting club W2 straight and the Under W2 after 2 straight Overs. Ignacio Piatti (15 goals) and Montreal may need the game more, but the Impact sure hasn't been dominating at Home like most Soccer clubs are (7-4-5, 29 GF-27 GA), something that could hurt them in the long run. This could end up being a Draw on Sunday afternoon (ESPN (US), TSN2, RDS (CAN)).

Final Score Prediction: Impact 1 Toronto FC 1

Free MLS Pick: Draw +240

Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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Chicago Fire vs. NE Revolution, Toyota Park, 3 p.m. EDT

Kei Kamara (6 goals), Lee Nguyen (6 goals), Juan Agudelo (6 goals) and the 7th-place New England Revolution (10-9-13, 40 GF-52 GA, 39 points) head to Chicagoland to face David Accam (8 goals), Razvan Cocis? (5 goals) and the 10th-place Chicago Fire (6-9-16, 36 GF-52 GA) in a match with only meaning to the visitors. The L5 meetings in this series (NE 1-0 FIRE, NE 2-0 FIRE, FIRE 3-1 NE, FIRE 2-2 NE, NE 2-0 FIRE) reveals the Home club an unbeaten 4-1-0 (W-D-L) the L5 with the Revs (2-5-9, 17 GF-33 GA) suffering just one Loss over that small sample size, backing New England in the Draw No Bet market and/or the Over for a minimal amount seems the best advice along with the Both Teams To Score Yes (-175, Bet365).

Final Score Prediction: Fire 1 Revolution 2

Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -143 at Intertops

MLS Props Picks: Revolution Draw No Bet -125, Both Teams To Score (Yes) -175 at Bet365

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Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids, Providence Park, 5 p.m. EDT

The 2nd-place Colorado Rapids (14-12-5, 36 GF-29 GA)—owners of the best Defense in the MLS this 2015 Regular Season behind GKs Tim Howard and Zac MacMath—head to the Pacific Northwest on Sunday afternoon (ESPN (US), MLS Live (CAN)) to face Fanendo Adi (15 goals), Diego Valeri (12 goals) and the defending MLS champion and 7th-place Portland Timbers (11-8-13, 46 GF-49 GA). The L6 meetings in this series (COL 1-0 POR, COL 0-0 POR, POR 4-1 COL, COL 1-2 POR, COL 2-2 POR, POR 2-1 COL) reveals the Timbers to be 3-2-1 with that lone Loss coming at The Dick in Week 31. With the match meaning much more to Portland (11-2-3, 32 GF-21 GA at Home), lean Timbers in this spot as Shkëlzen Gashi and the Rapids (4-7-5, 19 GF-24 GA) may have trouble scoring in Rose City.

Final Score Prediction: Timbers 1 Rapids 0

Free MLS Pick: Under 2½ +120, Timbers -111

Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Avaya Stadium, 5 p.m. EDT

Chris Wondolowski (11 goals) and the Earthquakes (7-13-10, 29 GF-25 GA) will be playing their second match in four days when they welcome Pedro Morales (8 goals) and the Vancouver Whitecaps to Avaya Stadium on Sunday in a match between two (8th- and 9th-place) Western Conference sides who will have to wait until next MLS season to make some noise. The L5 meetings in this series (VAN 1-2 SJ, SJ 1-1 VAN, VAN 3-1 SJ, SJ 1-0 VAN, SJ 0-0 VAN) reveals the Both Teams To Score (Yes) has W3 while the last 3 meetings here at Avaya Stadium have all resulted in Under with a grand total of just 3 goals being scored. But with Vancouver (4-2-10, 17 GF-30 GA on Road) allowing so many Road goals and the Earthquakes (7-6-3, 18 GF-12 GA at Home) so average at Home this season, it's too hard to recommend the Under here, but that would be lean. It's always hard to gauge motivation in a match like this and the best advice might be to watch for some entertainment value with one of youngest (15 years old) professional—Liberian Alphonso Davies—playing on the attack for the Whitecaps.

Final Score Prediction: San Jose 1 Whitecaps 1

Free MLS Pick: None

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Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City, Rio Tinto, 5 p.m. EDT

Dominic Dwyer (16 goals) and 6th-place Sporting Kansas City (12-7-14, 40 GF-41 GA) head to the Wasatch Mountains and Rio Tinto on Sunday (MLS LIVE, KMCI-38, KMYU) to face Joao Plata (9 goals) and 5th-place Real Salt Lake (12-9-11, 43 GFR-44 GA) in an MLS Week 33 match in which a Draw and a point might be good for both side's Playoff realities, depending on what 7th-place Portland—who will be playing (vs. Colorado Rapids in Portland) at the same time—does. So Mr. Fear will be present here, even if not bearing a ticket nor talked too much about by the TV announcers. The L5 meetings in this Western Conference series (SKC 1-3 RSL, SKC 1-2 RSL, RSL 2-1 SKC, RSL 2-1 SKC, SKC 0-0 RSL) shows Real Salt Lake to be dominant lately (4-1-0, 9 GF-4 GA), so lean to the home team here who is 8-7-1 (22 GF-14 GA) who has lost just once so far this Regular Season in suburban Salt Lake City.

Final Score Prediction: Real Salt Lake 1 Sporting KC 0

MLS Pick: Real Salt Lake -105, Under 2½ -111 at Intertops

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Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy, BBVA Compass Stadium, 5 p.m. EDT

The Houston Dynamo (7-12-13, 38 GF-43 GA) welcome a Time-traveling Landon Donovan and the 3rd-place LA Galaxy (11-15-6, 53 GF-39 GA) to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Sunday afternoon (MLS LIVE, ROOT Sports SW, Spectrum SportsNet) for a meaningless Western Conference match, except for maybe where the Galaxy (8-7-1, 32 GF-18 GA), who have been a Draw-heavy Road team this 2016 MLS Regular Season. The L5 meetings in this series (LA 1-0 HOU, HOU 1-4 LA, HOU 3-0 LA, LA 1-0 HOU, LA 1-1 HOU) reveals 4 Wins for the Galaxy and the Over 2-0 in the two matches in H-Town, averaging 4.0 gpg.

Final Score Prediction: Dynamo 1 LA Galaxy 2

Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -105

Best Line Offered: at Marathon

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FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders, Toyota Park, Frisco, 5 p.m. EDT

Jordan Morris (12 goals) and the 5th-place Seattle Sounders (13-6-13, 41 GF-40 GA) head to the Lone Star State and Frisco on Sunday night (MLS LIVE, TXA-21, Spectrum Sports TX, JOEtv) to face 1st-place FC Dallas (16-8-8, 48 GF-39 GA) in a big match for the visitors who blew their chance to clinch a Playoff berth on Wednesday night in a 0-0, 10-man Draw with the Dynamo in Seattle after rallying in the 2nd Half of the Regular Season after having one of the worst starts in this storied MLS club's history. The L5 meetings in this Western Conference series (SEA 5-0 DAL, DAL 2-0 SEA, DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 2-1 DAL, SEA 3-0) shows the Home club to be dominant 5-0-0, outscoring the visiting team, 14-2 and a deeper handicapping dive (with the oxygen tank) shows the Home team to be unbeaten in the L9 meetings—including two 2015 Western Conference Quarterfinal matches—in this series (6-3-0). The Sounders, who are without leader and icon Clint Dempsey who is out for the season with an Irregular Heartbeat. Seattle (4-4-8, 21 GF-29 GA) are 4-1-0 in the L5 overall.

Final Score Prediction: FC Dallas 0 Sounders 0

MLS Pick: Under 2½ -105

Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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