MLS Playoffs Picks: Knockout Round Thursday Night

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Kevin Stott

Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:34 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 8:34 PM GMT

The MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round featuring red-hot DC United playing host to Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact in the first game followed by the Seattle Sounders hosting Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference nightcap from CenturyLink Field. Let’s handicap these two matches and make some soccer picks for this quick four-match Knockout Stage. 

 

2016 MLS Cup Wednesday Picks Record: 4-1

 

DC United vs. Montreal Impact

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, 7:30 p.m. EDT - MLS Live, UniMás (US), TSN1, TSN5, RDS2 (CAN)  Sky Sports 3/HD (UK)

The Knockout Stage of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs continues on Thursday night with 4th-seeded DC United (11-13-10, 53 GS-47 GA) welcoming the 5th-seed Montreal Impact (11-12-11, 49 GF-53 GA) to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC in Thursday night’s first match. The L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series (MTL 1-1 DCU, DCU 1-1 MTL, MTL 2-0 DCU, MTL 0-1 DCU, DCU 1-0 MTL) has seen 5 straight Unders in matches averaging 1.60 gpg. So even with scorers like Ignacio Piatti (17 goals) and the now sour Didier Drogba (10 goals) on the Impact (4-7-6, 18 GF-24 GA on Road), the Over (2½ Over -114, at BetDSI) is impossible to recommend even with the expected Pace of a do-or-die game where someone is sure to score first.

Lamar Neagle (9 goals), Patrick Mullins (8 goals) and DCU (9-4-4, 35 GF-18 GA at Home) have been in fine form of late (6-3-0 at Home L9) and picked the perfect time to get hot to both make the Postseason and earn this Home match. With Momentum, the Site and some added pressure on the Impact with Chelsea legend Drogba (Back) whining about Playing Time, this is a good spot for DC United. The winner will go on the play the East’s top-seed, the New York Red Bulls, in the Conference Semifinals. MF Andrés Romero (Torn ACL) is Out for the Impact while DCU D Sean Franklin (Calf) is listed as Probable.

 

Final Score Prediction: DC United 3 Impact 1Free MLS Pick: DC United -106Best Line Offered: at Matchbook

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Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, 10 p.m. EDT - FS1, UniMás (US); TSN1, TSN5 (CAN); Sky Sports 3/HD (UK)​​​​​

Like DC United which ended really strong, the Seattle Sounders—without an injured Clint Dempsey (Irregular Heartbeat)—woke from their golden slumbers to not only make the MLS Cup Playoffs, but earn this Home-pitch advantage on Thursday nigh against 5th-seeded Sporting Kansas City (13-8-13, 42 GF-41 GA) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle which provides one of the strongest Home edges in the MLS. But Dominic Dwyer (16 goals) and gritty SKC (4-2-11, 22 GF-32 GA on Road) will push Jordan Morris (12 goals), Nicolás Lodeiro (4 goals) and the Sounders (10-2-5, 22 GF-12 GA at Home) in the Emerald City.

The L5 meetings in this series (SKC 3-0 SEA, SEA 0-1 SKC, SKC 1-1 SEA, SKC 1-0 SEA, SEA 0-0 SKC) shows 4 Unders in the L5 meetings and Clean Sheets in 4 of the 5 matches with Benny Feilhaber (7 goals) and SKC an unbeaten 2-3-0 and the Sounders (-108, BetDSI) scoring just one goal over that span. So, this is a dead-even game heading in and that late-season surge which helped 4th-seed Seattle (48 points) edge out 5th-seed SKC (47 points) by 1 point to get this valuable Home edge may mean all the difference in the world in this one. D Chad Marshall (Ankle, 4 goals) is hurt for the Sounders and his status unknown for now while MF Brad Davis (Calf), MF Jacob Peterson (Calf), MF Justin Mapp (Left Calf Strain) and D Chance Myers (Thigh) are all listed as Questionable for visitors Sporting Kansas City.

 

Final Score Prediction: Sounders 1 Sporting Kansas City 0MLS Pick: Under 2½ -125Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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