MLS Betting - Conference Semifinal Leg 2 - Sunday Rundown

Sebastian Giovinco

Kevin Stott

Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:07 PM GMT

The MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals will wrap up on Sunday with four matches, and to get the inside track on how to profit from them our expert capper brings you this complete betting preview

MLS Cup Playoffs Picks Record: 8-9-0

Sunday, November 6, 2016Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy, 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST

The LA Galaxy (12-16-6, 54 GF-39 GA) won Leg 1 at Home at the StubHub Center in Carson, 1-0, so expect the Rapids to push for that equalizer early here on Sunday forcing a faster Pace and more Nervy feel than seen in Leg 1. The L6 meetings in this series (LA 1-0 COL, LA 1-1 COL, LA 0-0 COL, COL 1-0 LA, COL 1-2 LA, LA 1-1 COL) has seen 5 Unders and with GK Brian Rowe and the Galaxy (+450 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) Defense playing so well, the first goal in this particular match will loom larger than any other goal for or against these two clubs this season. And with Robbie Keane, Giovanni dos Santos, Mike Magee, Sebastian Lletget, Alan Gordon, Emmanuel Boateng and Landon Donovan to work with, Bruce Arena will stress the importance of an almost golden Road goal needed to be scored here against the Rapids (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) and GK Tim Howard. A tough Playoff Draw for a very good Colorado team which went unbeaten at Home this Regular Season and only allowed 7 total goals at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver (11-6-0, 20 GF-7 GA).

Final Score Prediction: Rapids 1 Galaxy 1MLS Pick: Under 2½ -143 Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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New York Red Bulls vs. Montréal Impact, 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST

Bradley Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls were completely shut down in Leg 1—as were all four visiting teams who were shut out—by the upstart Montréal Impact and like the Rapids, the Red Bulls are chasing a goal in this Eastern Conference Semifinal series which could see the return of Didier Drogba—back in training on Tuesday—for the Impact. The L5 meetings in this series (MTL 1-0 RBNY, RBNY 1-0 MTL, RBNY 3-1 MTL, MTL 3-0 RBNY, RBNY 2-1 MTL, MTL 1-1 RBNY) has now seen the Home side go an unbeaten 5-1-0 (W-D-L) and the Red Bulls (13-2-2, 36 GF-17 GA at Home) have scored more Home goals (36) than any other team in the MLS—and New York (+450 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) will need a couple here Sunday chasing that 1-0 scoreline in Leg 1. So with Ignacio Piatti (17 goals), possibly Chelsea legend Didier Drogba (10 goals, Back injury) and Golden Boot winner Wright-Phillips all possibly out there at the same time and the hosts needing (at least) a goal, this match should start with a fast Pace and we may have 2 goals by Halftime. And this seems like it could be a series which may need two 15-minute periods of Extra Time or maybe even a Penalty Kick Shootout to see who advances on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 2 Impact 1MLS Pick: Over 2½ -167 Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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NYCFC vs. Toronto FC, 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST

Sebastian Giovinco (18 goals), Jozy Altidore (11 goals) and 3rd-seed Toronto FC won Leg 1, 2-0, so David Villa (23 goals), Frank Lampard (12 goals) and NYCFC (15-9-10, 62 GS-57 GA) really have their work cut out for them in the Bronx on Sunday night in Leg 2 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal series at historic Yankee Stadium. NYCFC (20/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) had scored 11 goals in the L4 meetings with the Reds (+225 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) before being shut out by TFC GK Clint Irwin. This should be a frenzy early on, but if Toronto somehow scores first, the Pressure on 2nd-year club NYCFC should be way too much, even in The Big Apple and even at The House That Ruth Built.

Final Score Prediction: NYCFC 2 Toronto FC 2MLS Pick: Over 2½ -167 Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST

The Seattle Sounders (+350 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) deflated top West seed FC Dallas, 3-0 at CenturyLink in Leg 1 last Sunday, so this one will have a different, more Desperate feel from jump, with host FC Dallas (33/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) chasing 3 goals. So, the club which was sitting in 9th-place in its conference in September is in the best shape of all eight teams remaining while the Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winners limp into this Leg 2 match on Sunday night (FS1, FOX Deportes, FOXSportsGO, MLS Live (US), TSN2, MLS Live (CAN), Sky Sports 3/HD (UK)). The L6 meetings in this Western Conference series (SEA 3-0 DAL, DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 5-0 DAL, DAL 2-0 SEA, DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 2-1 DAL) shows the Home club to be an unbeaten 6-0-0, outscoring the visitors by a 16-3 margin now. The way Jordan Morris (12 goals), Nicolás Lodeiro (4 goals) ,Nelson Valdez and the Sounders (+140 at Intertops—an Offshore sportsbook with an A rating and which offers a 200% Cash Bonus for new Sign-ups)—are playing right now, it’s impossible to ignore that precious Momentum and even with FC Dallas at Home (12-4-1, 33 GF-12 GA in Regular Season), the hosts—without Mauro Diaz (Achilles) and still seeking their first MLS Cup—have just too big a hill to climb.Stefan Frei has been brilliant in goal for Seattle (4-4-9, 22 GF-31 GA on Road).

Final Score Prediction: FC Dallas 2 Sounders 1MLS Pick: Over 2½ -118 Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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