Atlanta United, Red Bulls on Winning Track as MLS Action Resumes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 3:14 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018 3:14 PM UTC

The MLS resumes play this weekend after its All-Star break. Among the top fixtures, Atlanta United hosts defending champion Toronto, while expansion LAFC visits New York to face Bradley Wright-Phillips and the Red Bulls.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:right"><strong><em>Capper Record Last Week: 2-2-0 ATS<br />Final July 2018 Capper Record: 10-10-2 ATS</em></strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Soccer Betting Forum">MLS: Matchday 23 Lookahead</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Toronto FC (6-4-11) at Atlanta United FC (14-5-4)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: Atlanta United -135 and Over 3</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a> and <a href="http://;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411532, "sportsbooksIds":[238,999996,169,1275,1252], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Josef Martínez (23 goals) and Atlanta United FC (14-5-4, 26 GF/22 GA) welcome Sebastian Giovinco and the defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC (6-4-11, 35 GF/39 GA), and the home club will be fresh off hosting the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday vs. Serie A power Juventus.</p><p dir="ltr">In the only two meetings of this Eastern Conference series ( ATL 2-2 TFC, TFC 2-2 ATL), nobody has won yet and both meetings have seen 4 goals, so expecting 4 goals and another "over" in an Atlanta match seems logical, although whether or not the Reds can muster 2 goals is probably the big rhetorical handicapping question here, although with F Jozy Altidore back and a chip on their collective shoulders from an horrific start means they should with All-Star Giovinco staying put in Hotlanta.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">ATL 2-2-0 (W-D-L) L4 home matches</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">ATL has scored in 7 straight matches</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">TFC has 2 wins in 11 road matches (2-2-7)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">Atlanta FC (0-0-0 at home) was well represented at the All-Star Game with Martínez (on pace to set an MLS single-season scoring mark), Miguel Almirón, Ezequiel Barco, Michael Parkhurst and veteran GK Brad Guzan all joining Five Stripes coach Gerardo Martino in the dirty-sounding exhibition against The Old Lady. With the top spot in the East, a dude on pace to set a scoring record and a fresh and packed building coming off hosting the ASG, expect the Five Stripes to score first and to answer any TFC goals with scores of their own en route to a “W” and 3 more points. <a href="" title="MLS Odds Board">If you can find a total at 3, grab the "over"</a> in what could be an exciting affair. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Atlanta United FC 3, Toronto FC 2.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="75" src="" width="624" /></p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Seattle Sounders FC (7-5-9) at Minnesota United FC (9-1-12)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 8 p.m. ET</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Pick: Over 3 +105</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="http://;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411539, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,93,1096,999991,1389], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">A team apparently allergic to draws, Minnesota United (8-1-3) has played very well at home this season, especially of late, going unbeaten at home in July (4-0-0) and outscoring opponents by a robust 14-7 margin in the hottest month ever.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">MNUFC W4 straight at home (14 GF/6 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">MNUFC matches in July averaged 4.50 gpg (6, 6, 3, 5, 3, 7)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">SEA has only 2 goals in L3 road but has 0 losses (WDD)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">Looking at the only 3 meetings in this Western Conference series after the Loons expanded into the MLS in 2016 (SEA 3-1 MNUFC, SEA 2-1 MNUFC, MNUFC 0-4 SEA), we can see that Darwin Quintero (9 goals), Christian Ramirez (8 goals) and Minnesota haven’t beaten Seattle yet and have been outscored 9-2 in games with at least 3 goals scored in all of them. With the hosts feeling good at home and coming off of a 5-goal explosion there against expansion side LAFC on July 22, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">expect scoring here</a> with both sides probably good for at least 2 goals apiece. Seattle’s desperation combined with the Loons' newfound confidence at home translates to a quick, carefree pace and scoring answering scoring likely, and a draw (high +266, <a href="http://;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a>) a distinct possibility. <strong>Predicted final score: </strong>Minnesota United FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Los Angeles FC (10-6-5) at New York Red Bulls (13-4-5)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Sunday, 6 p.m. ET (FS1)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: Red Bulls -153 and Over 3 -120</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411718, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,1602,274,93], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Bradley Wright-Phillips (14 goals), Daniel Royer (6 goals), Florian Valot (3 goals) and the Red Bulls (8-1-2 at home) are coming off a tough 3-2 home loss to Columbus in a fixture which saw the visitors jump to a 3-0 lead at halftime and then hold on for the victory. Here, Adama Diomande (9 goals), All-Star Carlos Vela (8 goals), Diego Rossi (6 goals) and LAFC (5-1-5 on road) will probably be in a serious, focused mood from the start after getting embarrassed in Minneapolis two weekends ago, 5-1, as the Loons exploded on the West Coast expansion side, who have been a very respectable team on the road.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">LAFC L6 road matches averaged 5.17 gpg (6, 4, 7, 3, 3, 8)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RBNY L6 home matches averaged 4.00 gpg (5, 2, 5, 3, 3, 4)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">This is the first ever meeting between RBNY and LAFC</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">With both sides a bit rested from the All-Star break, LAFC coming off matches with 4 and 6 goals and the Red Bulls coming in off a game with 5 goals scored, both the totals and side markets seem playable here with the hosts not wanting to lose 2 straight at home, LAFC a long way from their home (2,780 miles) and probably in the wrong spot and the wrong time, despite the three-pronged firepower they will bring. Look for a better performance from the 3rd-place Red Bulls (41 points) who will still be remembering those first 45 minutes against Columbus and will want to put in a stronger effort for their new coach (Chris Armas) and not let 2nd-place NYCFC (43 points) or 1st-place Atlanta FC (47 points) get too far out of its sights in the Eastern Conference table. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> New York Red Bulls 3, Los Angeles FC 1.</p><p><img height="134" src="" width="434" /></p>
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