MLS Playoffs Predictions: Knockout Round Wednesday Night

Giovanni Dos Santos under the sun at a game

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 5:36 PM GMT

The Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs kicks off on Wednesday night with a match from each conference, with Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union meeting in Ontario in the Eastern Conference’s do-or-die match with Real Salt Lake traveling to Carson, California to face the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference nightcap. Let’s micro-handicap these two matches and provide Totals and Side soccer picks for each as both high-priced underdogs could be very live in this particular spot.

 

MLS Picks Record Weeks 18-34: 145-102-8 — MLS Picks Record Week 34: 6-4-0

 

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

BMO Field, Toronto, 7:30 pm EDT  - ESPN2, UniMás (US), TSN2 (CAN), Sky Sports 1/HD (UK) 

 

The Knockout Stage of the 2016 MLS Playoffs begins on Wednesday night with the 6th-seeded Philadelphia Union (11-9-14, 52 GS-55 GA) traveling to BMO Field in Toronto to face Sebastian Giovinco (16 goals), Jozy Altidore (10 goals) and host and 3rd-seed Toronto FC (14-11-9, 51 GF-49 GA) in the night’s first match and the reds first-ever time hosting a Playoff game. The L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series (TOR 1-1 PHI, PHI 1-3 TOR, TOR 3-1 PHI, TOR 2-1 PHI, PHI 0-1 TOR) reveals TFC to be an unbeaten 4-1-0 against the Union (3-5-9, 22 GF-31 GA on Road), outscoring Chris Pontius (12 goals; Questionable, Left Hamstring Strain) and Philadelphia, 10-4 in the process. And with the visitors beat up—CJ Sapong (Concussion), Maurice Edu (Left Tibia Fracture), Joshua Yaro (Out, Concussion/Left Knee Sprain)—winless in their L7 heading into the postseason, the Side soccer pick here is on Toronto (-167, Intertops) which should advance on to face No. 2-seed NYCFC in the Conference Semifinals. The Pace here should be quick and the Over 2½ (-143, Intertops) and Both Teams To Score (Yes) (-142, Bet365) seem wise as does backing Toronto FC.

 

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 Union 1

Free MLS Picks: Toronto FC -150

Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

StubHub Center, Carson, CA, 10:30 p.m. EDT - UniMás, TSN1, TSN5, MLS LIVE, RDS2)

 

It’s that Bruce Arena time of year again, and the 3rd-seed LA Galaxy (12-16-6, 54 GF-39 GA) have been brilliant here at Home at the StubHub Center in Carson, going 8-8-1 (W-D-L) and outscoring foes, 32-18 as prolific scorers and big soccer names like Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane (10 goals), Giovanni dos Santos (14 goals), Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole helped the hosts make this Postseason...like they always do. But Irishman Keane (Questionable, Undisclosed Injury), Englishman Gerrard (Out, Hamstring) and stud Gyasi Zardes, Broken Fifth Metatarsal) are all hurt, putting pressure on guys like Dos Santos, Mike Magee, and Sebastian Lletget as well as GK Rowe and the host’s Defense. Sixth-seed Real Salt Lake (12-10-12, 44 GF-46 GA) will certainly give it a go on Wednesday night in this Western Conference do-or-die match but with the Galaxy and GK Brian Rowe having just 1 Home loss, the Galaxy (-133, Intertops) is the Pick.

The L5 meetings in this series (RSL 3-3 LA, LA 5-2 RSL, RSL 3-0 LA, LA 1-0 RSL, RSL 0-0) shows the Home club an unbeaten 3-2-0 with 3 Clean Sheets. The big handicapping things here are that the Galaxy have one of the two strongest Defense in the MLS, are a machine at Home and that Joao Plata (9 goals), Yura Movsisyan (9 goals; Probable, left Heel Injury) and RSL really petered out to end the Regular Season and limped into this Knockout Round match. The first goal should be the hero goal in this one. M Emery Welshman (Hip Surgery), D Aaron Maund (Broken Toe) and GK Jeff Attinella (Elbow) are out for Real Salt Lake.

 

MLS Picks: Under 2½ +100

Best Line Offered: at Intertops,

 

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