MLS Soccer: A Handful Of Great Picks To Profit From On Wednesday

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 3:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 10, 2016 3:09 PM UTC

Let’s take some modern, thumbnail sketch preview looks at the soccer odds for these five Hump Day games and offer up some Picks for these mid-week matches.

Philadelphia Union vs. LA Galaxy
The L4 games in this inter-conference series have gone Over the Total (L5 Meetings: LA 5-1 PHI, LA 4-1 PHI, PHI 1-4 LA, LA 1-2 PHI, PHI 1-1 LA) while the L3 matches have averaged a robust 5.33 gpg, so with the LA Galaxy (5-1-3—W-L-D, 21 GF-10 GA) getting Irishman Robbie Keane (4 goals) back from Knee Surgery and back in the Starting XI will do wonders for this club’s Confidence and it often seems this team gets in a goal-scoring competition amongst themselves with scorers like Keane, Giovanni dos Santos (5 goals), Gyasi Zardes (4 goals), Mike Magee (3 goals), former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard—who tallied in Sunday’s 3-2 win against the New England Revolution at the StubHub Center in Carson—and others and this Bruce Arena-coached team always seems like it could go Over the posted Total themselves, as they did Sunday night in their 3-2, hold-on Win over the visiting Revs. Keep reading to take a look at the soccer odds for this match!

The Union (4-3-1, 11 GF-8 GA) have gotten off to a decent start and have been playing some really good Defense, allowing an average of just 1.0 gpg so far and with scorers like Chris Pontius (4 goals), CJ Sapong (4 goals) and Sebastien Le Toux (2 goals) can get in shootouts with teams as well as rally from behind if need be. Here, the Galaxy will be travelling 3 Time Zones east (PDT to EDT) and losing those three Body Clock Hours, but with a 4 p.m. PDT time kick off, it shouldn’t be too big of a thing although this team will also only have had 2 full Days of Rest (Monday-Tuesday) and will have the Travel realities involved in going the 2,709 miles from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Expect the first goal here to be big and the Weather Forecast for Philadelphia on Wednesday evening calls for Partly Cloudy conditions, a Low of 52° and light and variable ESE Winds to 4 mph, so the Weather should have minimal effect on this match. My final score prediction is Union 1 LA Galaxy 2

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Free MLS Pick: Over 2.5
Best Line Offered: at Bodog


Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City
This mid-week Western Conference affair from The Dick sees the 1st-place Colorado Rapids (6-2-2, 13 GF-8 GA) playing host to 6th-place Sporting Kansas City (4-2-5, 11 GF-12 GA) in a match which which could possibly put the Rapids unbeaten mark at Home (5-0-0, 8 GF-2 GA at Home) to the test. The L5 Meetings in this series (SKC 1-2 COL, SKC 0-2 COL, COL 2-1 SKC, SKC 2-0 COL, COL 2-3 SKC) reveals Colorado has W3 against Dominic Dwyer (4 goals), Benny Feilhaber (2 goals), Brad Davis (2 goals) and Sporting Kansas City but the real story here should be (both club’s) recent Form and not the past as the Rapids are playing some of the best Soccer in the franchise’s history right now with Jermaine Jones (3 goals), Luis Solignac (2 goals) and Shkelzen Gashi (2 goals) and American GK Tim Howard (Everton) set to join the squad this Summer after the quickly coming end of the English Premier League season. The Weather is a big part of this handicap with TWC forecasting Cold conditions and a Low of 38° on Wednesday night in Commerce City with Clear conditions and SW Winds to 5 mph, so, really Cold for May for Soccer, even in the Rocky Mountains. My final score prediction is Rapids 1 Sporting Kansas City 0.

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Free MLS Pick: Under 2.5
Best Line Offered: at Bodog


FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers
The L5 Meetings in this series (POR 1-3 DAL, DAL 2-2 POR, POR 3-1 DAL, DAL 4-1 POR, POR 3-1 DAL) has seen the Both Teams To Score (‘Yes’ -150, 10Red) W5 with the Over winning in all 5 with an average of 4.25 gpg being scored, so if you’re a Trend bettor, these two bets are then musts for you especially with the hosts loaded with scorers like Michael Barrios (4 goals), Max Urruti (3 goals), Tesho Akindele (3 goals) and Fabian Castillo (2 goals) on FC Dallas (5-4-2, 15 GF-18 GA) and Fanendo Adi (7 goals), Jack McInerney (3 goals) and the defending MLS champion Timbers (3-3-4, 15 GF-18 GA) coming in against and FCD which has L3 straight.

The Weather Forecast for Frisco (suburban Dallas-Fort Worth) on Wednesday night calls for likely Thunderstorms in the area, some severe—so a Delay is a possibility—with a Low temperature of 67° and S Winds of 10-20 mph. So, the Water (80% chance of Rain) and Wind could be factors in this one, although Portland has to be used to it coming from and playing in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest where it even Rains in their Sleep. So the potential inclement Weather makes it hard to recommend the Over despite the Trend and although the 9th-place (Western Conference) Timbers may need this one right now more than 4th-place FC Dallas, the Site makes it hard to pick the visitors who may be best bet in the Draw No Bet marketplace (Timbers Draw No Bet +200, at William Hill). My final score prediction is FC Dallas 1 Timbers 1.

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Free MLS Pick: Draw No Bet


Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Chicago Fire
These two clubs have just 3 Wins in their L12 combined matches, with one of those being the Whitecaps (3-2-5, 12 GF-15 GA) 2-1 over the defending MLS champion Timbers over the weekend here at BC Place in Vancouver. The L5 Meetings (CHI 0-1 VAN, CHI 0-0 VAN, VAN 3-1 CHI, CHI 1-0 VAN, VAN 4-2 CHI) in this series have seen 3 of the L4 go Under the Total and Kennedy Igboananike (3 goals) and the Fire not scoring since July 14, 2013.

But that was Then and this is Now and with a Weather Forecast of Clear, a Low of 50° with N Winds of 5-10 mph, it will be a little bit chilly for Soccer but not too bad in Ogopogo-land. Pedro Morales (4 goals), talented 31-year-old Costa Rican Christian Bolaños (3 goals) and the Whitecaps—who have outscored Chicago 7-3 over the L2 meetings here—have just 1 Loss at Home (and just 1 Win on the Road) and play much better here at Home than at venues in the Lower 48 United States. My final score prediction is Whitecaps 1 Fire 0.

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San José Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo
The L5 meetings in this series (HOU 2-1 SJ, SJ 0-2 HOU, HOU 0-1 SJ, SJ 3-0 HOU, HOU 2-0 SJ) reveals 4 Clean Sheets with the two MLS Western Conference clubs splitting those 4 matches and both shutting out the opponent once on the Road. The fifth meeting was the last meeting (Aug. 8, 2015) in Houston where the currently 10th- and last-place Dynamo (2-5-2, 16 GF-16 GA) won 2-0—their 2nd straight win in the series. Prolific Chris Wondolowski has 7 goals for San José (4-3-3, 12 GF-13 GA), but no other Quakes teammate has more than 1 goal, so San José needs to evolve some Offensively although this could end up being be a pretty Defensive game with few quality shots on target throughout despite the visitors having some decent scoring options in Will Bruin (3 goals), Giles Barnes (3 goals), Andrew Wenger (3 goals) and others.

The Weather Forecast for San José on Wednesday night calls for Mostly Clear conditions, a Low of 57° with WNW Winds shifting to SSW at 10-15 mph, so expect the Wind Speeds in the Bay Area to affect the flight of the ball and to possibly help keep this match Under the Total. And Wondo and the host Quakes seem like a good play here with Houston 0-4-0 on the Road this year where it has been shutout 2 of the L3 games and outscored 4-1 in the process. My final score prediction is Earthquakes 1 Dynamo 0 for this soccer pick.

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Free MLS Pick: Under 2.5
Best Line Offered: at Bodog

MLS Soccer Wednesday Best Bets
LA Galaxy +178 (Marathon), Union-LA Galaxy Over 2½ -137 (William Hill), Rapids-Sporting Kansas City Under 2½ -115 (Coral), Whitecaps -133 (William Hill), Whitecaps-Fire Under 2½ +100 (Paddy Power), Earthquakes -117 (William Hill), Earthquakes-Dynamo Under 2½ -111 (Unibet)

MLS Wednesday 4-Team Sides Parlay
LA Galaxy +178/Rapids -104/Whitecaps -138/Earthquakes -125 (Marathon)

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