Crew's Potential Upset of Fire Highlights Top Plays on MLS Slate

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Kevin Stott

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

With Chicago off to a sputtering start, underdog Columbus might be in position for a road win. Let's look at that matchup and four others on this weekend's MLS schedule.

Soccer: MLS Matchweek 6 Select PicksColumbus Crew SC vs. Chicago FireFree MLS Picks: Crew +½, -150; Crew +213Best Lines Offered: Bovada; Pinnacle

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After a pretty solid 2017 season, the Chicago Fire (0-1-2, 6 GF/8 GA) have gotten off to a sluggish start, although Nemanja Nikolic (3 goals) and company have played only three games and just once at home. They host Federico Higuaín (2 goals) and the Columbus Crew (3-1-1, 9 GF/5 GA) on Saturday night, and the home side in the series is an unbeaten 3-2-0 in the last five meetings. With your MLS picks, consider Chicago's slow start and the fact Columbus is clicking behind its dynamic scoring threats. The Crew should get a victory here. Final score prediction: Crew 2, Fire 1.

Montreal Impact vs. New England RevolutionFree MLS Pick: Revolution -125Best Line Offered: Bovada

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The Montreal Impact (2-0-2, 5 GF/5 GA) head south across the border to face the New England Revolution (2-1-1, 6 GF/5 GA) on Friday night. The Impact (1-0-2 on road) are winless in their last four meetings in this Eastern Conference series. They haven’t scored at Gillette Stadium in their last 180 minutes, but expect them to score at least one this time. The Revolution, led by Diego Fagúndez (2 goals), should notch a couple themselves at home, where they are 1-1-0 this season after going 12-2-3 last year at The House That Brady Built. The "over" is 4-1 in the last five meetings, with those games averaging a robust 3.6 goals. Final score prediction: Revolution 2, Impact 1.

Los Angeles FC vs. Atlanta United FCFree MLS Picks: LAFC +1, +108; Over 2½, -250Best Lines Offered: Heritage; Intertops

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Two clubs that weren’t even part of Major League Soccer two seasons ago will meet for the first time on Saturday (5 p.m. ET; ESPN) as Diego Rossi (3 goals) and the expansion Los Angeles Football Club (2-0-1, 5 GF/4 GA) face Atlanta United FC (3-0-1, 8 GS-6 GA). Atlanta and DP Josef Martínez (4 goals) have again been decent at home, starting 2-0-0 this young season after an 11-3-3 home mark last year. The pace should be quick from the start, with two goals by halftime a distinct possibility with these styles of play and a friendly playing surface (FieldTurf Revolution 360). On the soccer odds board, road underdog LAFC can be found as high as +488 (Pinnacle) in the three-way marketplace. Final score prediction: Atlanta United 2, Los Angeles FC 2. Props pick: Over 3½, -105 (Intertops).

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt LakeFree MLS Pick: Under 3, -135Best Line Offered: Bovada

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GK extraordinaire Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake (1-1-2, 4 GF/9 GA) will try to contain Kei Kamara (3 goals) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-1-1, 7 GS/7 GA) on Saturday night. In the last six games in this Western Conference series, the home team is 6-0-0 with a 15-3 edge in goals and four clean sheets registered. Real Salt Lake is 5-3-1 (13 GF/5 GA) all-time against the Whitecaps at home. With Real Salt Lake 1-0-1 at home this year and Vancouver 2-0-1 on the road, this could evolve into a duel between Rimando and Stefan Marinovic (7 saves, 6 goals conceded). Final score prediction: Real Salt Lake 1, Whitecaps 1.

Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SCFree MLS Pick: Under 3, -121Best Line Offered: JustBet

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The struggling Portland Timbers (0-2-2, 4 GS/9 GA) play their fifth consecutive road game Sunday (4 p.m. ET; ESPN) when they travel 3,032 miles to face Dom Dwyer (3 goals) and Orlando City SC (1-1-2, 6 GF/8 GA). This is only the fourth meeting between these teams -- Orlando joined MLS in 2015 -- and the home sides have dominated, perhaps as expected considering the travel and body-clock issues. It’s a long way from Oregon to Florida.

Even though it’s still early April, the Timbers have hit the “desperate” mode, while Orlando City is 1-1-1 at home and in need of a spark. This is one of those matches where both sides will do anything to avoid a loss. That means quality shots might be scarce, increasing the chances for the "under" to hit. Final score prediction: Orlando City SC 1, Timbers 1.

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