Montréal Impact (11-3-14) at Philadelphia Union (14-4-11)
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT
(TVAS, ESPN+, PHL17)
Free MLS Picks: Union -153
Best Union Line Offered: Pinnacle
>These two teams are fighting for positioning in the Eastern Conference with the Impact (36 points) in 6th place and the Union (40 points) in 5th heading into play with the 7th-place and slumping Revolution (33 points) sitting 3 points behind Montréal (LDDWLW) at the Playoff cutoff line. A look at the L5 series meetings here (MTL 0-2 PHIL, PHIL 0-3 MTL, MTL 2-1 PHIL, PHIL 3-3 MTL, PHIL 1-1 MTL) shows the Home side with just 1 WIn (1-2-2) over that span with 2 straight setbacks without a goal. The Total at Offshore sportsbooks for this game is at 3. Remember the halcyon days when MLS Totals were always 2½?
MTL leads all-time series 7-6-4 (30 GF-21 GA)
MTL 2-2-10 on Road
Both MTL (-8) and PHI (-2) have negative GD’s
With Ignacio Piatti (13 goals), Saphir Taïder (5 goals) and Impact de Montréal (66/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) so poor outside of Canada—their last Road Win was in Orlando on June 23—and Cory Burke (8 goals), Fabrice-Jean Picault (7 goals) and Philadelphia (LWWWD) playing at Home at one of the two venues and having as good of a season in recent memory—Philadelphia will face the Houston Dynamo in the US Open Cup Final on Sept. 26—backing the now confident hosts in a tight but predictable affair with Union GK Andre Blake possibly being the difference.
PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Union 2 DC Impact 1
Minnesota United FC (9-2-15) at Real Salt Lake (13-5-10)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT
(ESPN, MLS LIVE, FOX Sports North Plus, KMYU)
Free MLS Pick: RSL -1 -104
Best RSL Line Offered: Intertops
>GK extraordinaire Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake (WDLWWW) have had a great season and find themselves tied for 4th place (with Portland) with 44 points here in 4444 A.D. as the season winds down. A look at the only three meetings in this fresh Western Conference series (MIN 3-2 RSL, RSL 1-0 MIN, MIN 4-2 RSL) shows 2 Overs in the Land Of 10,000 Lakes and an Under in the Beehive State with the Home side a perfect 3-0-0 (8 GF-4 GA). Sometimes the Trend is your friend. Sometimes the Trend bite like angry wolverine.
RSL last Home Loss was June 6 (RSL 0-2 SKC)
RSL unbeaten L7 at Home (4-3-0, 19 GF-9 GA)
RSL Western Conference-best 10-3-1 at Home
With Rimando and the Defense usually the strength for Real Salt Lake (25/1 to win MLS Cup), Joao Plata (8 goals) and this club have been getting production on the attack with both Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnák scoring 10 goals so far for the Claret and Cobalt.
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MNUFC hasn’t scored yet at Rio Tinto Stadium
MNUFC will be playing 2nd gme in 4 days (Wednesday vs DC United)
MNUFC 1-1-11 is the worst Road Record in MLS
MNUFC last Road Win Week 2, March 10 @ OCSC (OCSC 1-2 MNUFC)
With Minnesota (WLLLDLL) winless in its L5 and so damn bad on the Road, expect RSL to be looking for the Clean Sheet and a strong performance here with laying a goal in the Goal Line market (RSL -1 -104, Intertops) a possible option in this high-priced matchup on Saturday night from suburban Salt Lake City.
PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Real Salt Lake 3 Minnesota United FC 0
Orlando City SC (7-3-17) at Chicago Fire (6-6-15)
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Sunday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT
(FS1, TSN2, FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes)
Free MLS Pick: Fire -115
Best Fire Line Offered: Bovada
>The last game on the MLS Week 29 schedule sees the two worst teams in the East, 11th-place Orlando City SC (LDLLDL) and the 12th-place Chicago Fire (LLLLLD) meeting in suburban Chicagoland with pretty much nothing at stake and oddsmakers at Intertops now pricing both at 1,000/1 to win the 2018 MLS Cup with about two months to go.
Looking at the L5 meetings in this new Eastern Conference series (ORL 1-2 FIRE, FIRE 4-0 ORL, ORL 0-0 FIRE, FIRE 2-2 ORL, ORL 1-1 FIRE), we see the Fire to be an unbeaten 3-2-0 (9 GF-4 GA) with Wins in L2 meetings vs. OCSC (0.89 ppg).
There have been 4 Draws in 8 MLS series meetings
The 4 meetings in Chicago have averaged 3.0 gpg (5, 1, 4, 4)
Neither team has won a match since July 14 when OCSC beat TFC, 2-1
The Fire—who lost 4-0 to perennial German Fußball-Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in a Friendly for Bastian Schweinsteiger (4 goals) on Aug. 24—are 4-3-7, a marked turn from the 2017 MLS Regular Season where Nemanja Nikolic (12 goals) and the Fire (0.89 ppg) made Toyota Park their fortress and made the MLS Postseason. There will be no Playoffs for neither the Lions or the Fire who will both have to do some rebuilding in this constantly changing professional US Soccer league which will see David Beckham’s Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami begin play in 2020.
PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Fire 2 Orlando City SC 1