Matchday 32: Bettors and MLS Teams Seek Late-Season Form

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

With just three weeks to go in the MLS regular season, matches take on a more significant feel with only the first six clubs in the Eastern and Western conferences making the postseason.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Kevin's MLS Picks Record Last Week: 4-0-0</strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Soccer Betting Forum">MLS: Matchday 32 Lookahead</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Houston Dynamo (9-8-14) at Los Angeles FC (15-8-8)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Friday, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Pick: LAFC -166</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a></h2><p dir="ltr">A Western Conference meeting with little real significance to either with host LAFC (9/1 to win MLS Cup, <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Intertops</a>) sitting in 3rd place and ready for the postseason with three weeks remaining in the regular season and Houston way down in 10th place after having one of its worst seasons ever despite a freakish +2 goal differential (51 GF/49 GA). Who dwells in 10th place yet has scored more goals than they have allowed? None other than the enigmatic Orange Crush.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">DYNAMO will be playing 2nd road game in 5 days (MON, FRI)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">HOME TEAM 5-2-0 L7 DYNAMO games</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">DYNAMO 3 goals L4 road (OCSC 0-0 HOU, FCD 4-2 HOU, RBNY 1-0 HOU, SEA 4-1 HOU)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">DYNAMO just 1 win on road (1-5-9; May 20 at Chicago, 3-2)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">With LAFC (DWDWLW) just expanding into the MLS, these two have only met one time (July 3, 2018) with a 2-2 draw the result, in Houston.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">LAFC has just 1 loss L7 matches (5-2-1)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">LAFC has just 1 loss at home (8-6-1)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">LAFC (406) has suffered almost 100 more fouls than DYNAMO (309)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">With Mauro Manotas (15 goals), All-Star Alberth Elis (11 goals) and Houston (DLLWDW) having just that one road victory, nothing to play for and involved in its second fixture in 5 days — <a href="">the Dynamo lost 4-1 at at Seattle Monday night</a> — and Adama Diomande (11 goals), Diego Rossi (11 goals), All-Star Carlos Vela (10 goals) and LAFC wanting to protect the home Bermuda grass and keep its <a href="">confidence up</a>, expect the hosts to score first in the opening 30 minutes, mayby add another in the next 15-30 minutes and then coast to another robotic win.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>PREDICTED FINAL SCORE:</strong> LAFC 3, Dynamo 1</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="131" src="" width="577" /></p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Game Odds">Colorado Rapids (6-6-19) at Minnesota United (11-3-17)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Pick: Under 3 +101</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411432, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,999991,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">With the Loons just flying into the MLS last season, these two Western Conference clubs have only met three times (COL 3-2 MIN, MIN 1-0 COL, COL 2-2 MIN) with each winning once at home. This time, Dominique Badji (7 goals) and his reeling Rapids (LLLLLL) and Darwin Quintero (11 goals) and Minnesota United FC (LLDWWL) have little to play for.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">MNUFC has the fewest draws (3) in MLS</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Home team unbeaten L8 MNUFC matches (6-2-0)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">The Rapids might be happy they are on the road because they have been shut out three straight times at home (COL 0-3 LAFC, COL 0-3 ATL, COL 0-6 RSL) and outscored by an embarrassing 12-0 margin, meaning ticket-holders probably deserve three free games in 2019.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RAPIDS MLS-worst (-30) goal differential (32 GF/62 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RAPIDS have been outscored 22-1 L7 matches (0-0-7)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RAPIDS last win was on August 11 (COL 2-1 SJ)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">The total market seems like the best vehicle here, with both sides indifferent and playing for nothing.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>PREDICTED FINAL SCORE:</strong> Rapids 1, Minnesota United FC 1</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Game Odds">FC Dallas (16-9-6) at DC United (11-8-11)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 4:55 p.m. ET</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: DC United +119 and Under 3 -114</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411435, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,999991,180,19], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">This inter-conference fixture is much more important to DP Wayne Rooney (9 goals) and host DC United (41 points), still sitting in 7th place, 2 points behind the 6th-place Impact (43 points) in the race for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot. A look at the L5 meetings in this series (FCD 4-2 DCU, DCU 0-3 FCD, FCD 2-1 DCU, DCU 4-1 FCD, FCD 2-1 DCU) shows <a href="" title="Live MLS Odds">FC Dallas (9/1 to win MLS Cup)</a> to be somewhat dominant, going 4-0-1 and outscoring DC United (40/1 to win MLS Cup), 12-8.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">DCU unbeaten L6 overall (4-2-0, 16 GF/7 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">DCU 10-2-2 at home</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">L5 games at DCU have had at least 3 goals (5-6-3-4-3), averaging 4.2 gpg</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">GK Bill Hamid and DCU (55 GF/49 GA) are coming off 2 straight victories at new Audi Field and are unbeaten in their L6 overall (4-2-0). Darren Mattocks (10 goals), Luciano Acosta (9 goals), Yamil Asad (9 goals) and the Red-and-Black (WDWDWW) need this game and all 3 points if possible so much more than Roland Lamah (8 goals), Max Urruti (7 goals) and West-leading FC Dallas (LWDWDW), who know they will be playing in the postseason.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="665" src="" width="602" /></p><p dir="ltr">This scared (but rested) DCU side — although with 2 games in hand compared to most of the rest of the conference — can’t say the same thing and truly control their own destiny and can’t afford anything but a win in this spot, even against a team that had allowed only 38 goals heading into this week of play, making the "under" also look like a decent <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">MLS pick</a> here.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>PREDICTED FINAL SCORE:</strong> DC United 2, FC Dallas 0</p>
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