Complete Betting Preview Of MLS Week 21

MLS Week 20

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 8:25 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2016 8:25 PM GMT

There is a full slate of 10 Regular Season matches on tap in the MLS this coming weekend, and our handicapper provides you with a complete run down of the MLS odds for you.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes
Yura Movsisyan , Juan Manuel Martínez, Joao Plata and 4th-place Real Salt Lake welcome Chris Wondolowski and 8th-place San Jose  to Rio Tinto Stadium and suburban Salt Lake City on Friday night for this Western Conference match which is more important to the visitors, who sit 4 points behind the last playoff spot in the conference. The L5 meetings in this series see Real Salt Lake 2-2-1 in those meetings and although some mistakenly perceive RSL to be an Over team, the reality is that RSL has played 5 straight Unders in MLS play and 6 straight Unders counting US Open play. And that’s an average of just 1.6 gpg, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, Oscar. Sticking with the recent Trend.

Final Score Prediction: Real Salt Lake 1 Earthquakes 0
Free MLS Pick: Under 2½ 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy
Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy head up the Pacific Coast to Portland and Providence Park on Saturday afternoon to face Fanendo Adi and the defending MLS champion Timbers in a big Western Conference showdown for both sides. The L5 meetings in this series show that Head Coach Bruce Arena and the visiting Galaxy are 2-2-1 over that span and that 5 of the L6 games have gone Over the posted Totals. But backing Giovanni dos Santos, Mike Magee and Gyasi Zardes and LA—1-2-3 (5 GF-12 GA) lifetime at Portland—on the Road has been a dicey proposition so far this MLS Regular Season and with Galaxy playing good and the host Timbers also on a nice run, taking a shot on the BTTS (Yes -162 at Bet365) seems like the best advice for those with access with the Draw worth consideration (+240 at BetVictor) the lean for the Three-Way market players wanting to get involved.

Final Score Prediction: Timbers 1 LA Galaxy 1
Free MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -162
Best Line Offered: at Bet365 

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Toronto FC vs. DC United
DC United heads north of the border to Toronto to face the Reds on Saturday night in a big Eastern Conference fixture for both teams with 7th-place DCU being able to leap-frog host 5th-place TFC with a win in Ontario. The L5 meetings in this series show 2 straight Unders—after 3 straight Overs—with just one goal scored in those games and both clubs 2-2-1 (W-D-L) in those L5. and in the lone meeting this year, Sebastian Giovinco scored the fastest goal in club history and that was it as the Reds won 1-0 at BMO Field on April 16. So, just 1 goal and then 90 minutes-plus of Nothingness preceded by a scoreless Draw at this very Site? Sounds like more than a lean to the Under and with Álvaro Saborío, Fabian Espindola and DC United so bad Away, taking TFC for an equal small to moderate amount seems a wise MLS pick in this scheduling spot.

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 DC United 0
Free MLS Picks: Under 2½ +100, Toronto FC +100
Best Line Offered: at PaddyPower (total) and at Bet365 (moneyline)

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Orlando City SC
Second-year franchise Orlando City SCleads the MLS with 10 Draws and more than half of OCSC results have been Ties, a really profitable thing for anyone fixed on OCSC Draws. Here on Saturday, Cyle Larin, Kaká & Company and new Head Coach Jason Kreis head to Columbus to face Ola Kamara and the Crew in a big Eastern Conference date for both sides. With still relatively new to the OCSC, the only 3 meetings in this series shows all three games going Over the Total with an average of 4.67 gpg and the two teams 1-1-1 with both winning at Home with a 2-2 Draw in the Sunshine State last season. This is a tough call, but the perceived value here is with taking the Road side at over 2/1 MLS odds in the Draw No Bet marketplace although this will be a fairly tough spot for OCSC (1-3-5, 11 GF-19 GA on Road) to win.

Final Score Prediction: Crew 2 OCSC 2
Free MLS Pick: OCSC Draw No Bet +229
Free MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -133
Best Line Offered: at BetVictor

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NE Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
The 10th-place Chicago Fire head east to the home of the New England Patriots to play Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara and the New England Revolution on Saturday night in an Eastern Conference meeting between one team clinging to the last playoff spot in the East in the Revolution and the other with the least Goals (17) as well as the least Points (17) in the MLS heading in here. A look at the L5 meetings in this series reveals the Home team an unbeaten 4-1-0 with 3 Overs in matches and an even deeper dive shows that NE is 20-8-6 lifetime at Home against Chicago, which still hasn’t won on the Road this season and which has scored just 7 Goals in 9 Road games (0.78 gpg). Not good.

Final Score Prediction: Revolution 2 Fire 0
Free MLS Pick: Revolution -1 +130
Best Line Offered: at Bodog

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Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union
This Eastern Conference showdown between the 2nd-place Philadelphia Union (8-6-6, 34 GF-2 GA) and Ignacio Piatti (10 goals), Didier Drogba (5 goals), Dominic Oduro (4 goals) and 4th-place Montreal Impact (6-8-5, 30 GF-29 GA) at Saputo Stadium in Montreal on Saturday night (The Comcast Network, MLS Live, TVA Sports) should be a good one and the L5 meetings in this series (MTL 1-1 PHI, MTL 0-1 PHI, PHI 2-2, MTL, PHI 2-1 MTL, MTL 1-0 PHI) reveals all close matches with 2 Draws in the L3 meetings, including the last time Chris Pontius (7 goals), Roland Alberg (6 goals) CJ Sapong (6 goals) and the Union (1-3-5, 9 GF-14 GA on Road) traveled to Quebec earlier this year. A perfect candidate for a Draw?

Final Score Prediction: Impact 1 Union 1
Free MLS Pick: Draw +255
Best Line Offered: at Marathon

 

Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps head to the Lone Star State and Houston on Saturday evening to face the host Houston Dynamo, who still sit in 10th and last place in the Western Conference standings. Here, the game is important to both team with the Dynamo wanting to make a run at some point and a solid 4-3-1 at Home and Pedro Morales, Kekuta Manneh  and Vancouver sitting on 29 points and in 6th place in the West—tied with 7th-place Portland on points—and scared a Loss here could knock them out of their current Playoff position as we head into the All-Star Break. The L5 meetings in this series shows that 4 of the L5 meetings have been played in Vancouver and that the Home team is an unbeaten 4-1-0 in those meetings with 3 Unders in the L4. So, a theoretical Site edge to Will Bruin, Giles Barnes and Houston here.

Final Score Prediction: Dynamo 2 Union 1
Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -105 
Best Line Offered: at Marathon

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

New York Red Bulls vs. NYCFC
Again? So soon? Bradley Wright-Phillips and the 3rd-place New York Red Bulls host 1st-place NYCFC in the third edition of the New York Derby (or the Hudson River Derby if you prefer) in a little more than two months on Sunday afternoon with second-year NYCFC getting its first Win ever (2-0) over RBNY the last time these two met just 20 days ago (July 3) at Yankee Stadium after L4 straight to start the relationship, including a 7-0 pasting at this very spot in NJ earlier this MLS Regular Season (May 21). Kids. The 5 meetings in this series has seen RBNY go 4-0-1  against red-hot NYCFC and this might be a spot to lay of the Side with David Villa, Frank Lampard, Thomas McNamara  and stud Rookie Jack Harrison starting both Heal and Jell as a unit, making the Over the wisest look after so many near-misses in the last meeting. Mike Grella and RBNY are a dominating 7-1-2 at Home and maybe they want Revenge for the Revenge NYCFC just served them.

Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 2 NYCFC 2
Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -150
Best Line Offered: at Coral

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Sporting KC vs. Seattle Sounders
Dominic Dwyer and Sporting Kansas City play host to Jordan Morris, veteran Clint Dempsey and the 9th-place Sounders in Kansas City on Sunday, in a Western Conference showdown and the last MLS Regular Season match before the 2016 MLS All-Star game between the MLS All-Stars and English Premier League super club Arsenal from Avaya Stadium in San Jose next Thursday. The L5 meetings in this series reveals 5 consecutive Unders with both teams getting shut out twice and a grand total of just 5 goals in the L5 games. No calculator required. And a deeper dive shows 7 straight Unders and 8 of the L9 Under with 2011 being the last year one of these two teams scored 2 goals in this series, a year after the team changed names from the Kansas City Wizard. So now you know. A small Under Trend play. Vamonos.

Final Score Prediction: Sporting KC 1 Sounders 1
Free MLS Pick: Under 2½ -135
Best Line Offered: at 888sport

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