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Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 7:43 PM GMT

Let’s take a brief look at today's matches and boldly go where no man has gone before, and make some MLS picks for our website Soccer readership.

Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC
The 9th-place Columbus Crew (3-7-7, 22 GF-28 GA) play host to 5th-place Toronto FC (6-5-6, 19 GF- 19 GA) in a big Eastern Conference spot for Ola Kamara (8 goals) and the hosts on Wednesday night (TSN2, MLS LIVE, RDS2, TWCSC-OH, CW Columbus), tied with the 10th-place Chicago Fire with the least Wins in the MLS (3) as we approach the All-Star Break.

Sebastian Giovinco (8 goals, Anytime Goalscorer +170 at WilliamHill) and the Reds have been decent on the Road this season (3-2-5, 11 GF-13 GA), a nice byproduct of having to start the Regular Season on an 8-game Road Trip. The L5 meetings in this series, called the Trillium Cup has seen Toronto (+285 at GTBets; Draw +260, Crew -105) fail to score in the 3 of the L4 meetings (TOR 0-0 CLB, TOR 0-2 CLB, CLB 3-3 TOR, CLB 2-0 TOR, CLB 2-3 TOR) with the Crew (3-4-1, 15 GF-13 GA) going 2-2-1 in this 5 matches and 16 goals scored in the 3 meetings here at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. Too tough to call.

 

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Predicted Final Score: Crew 1 Toronto FC 1
Free MLS Pick: Draw
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando SC
The New York Red Bulls (7-3-9, 28 GF-25 GA) and GK Luis Robles have got themselves back in the hunt, now sitting in the 4th place in the Eastern Conference after a nightmarish start while Orlando SC (4-9-4, 28 GF-29 GA) fired Head Coach Adrian Heath—the team is currently being led by Assistant coaches Bobby Murphy and Anthony Pulis on an interim basis—after getting trounced at FC Dallas (4-0) two weeks ago before playing to a 0-0 Draw against the Houston Dynamo at the Citrus Bowl in Week 18 as Tyler Deric notched his fourth Clean Sheet.

The Red Bulls (6-1-2, 17 GF-9 GA at Home) will be without D Gideon Baah (Broken Tibia) here and reports have the Ghana international out for 5-6 months after a non-contact Injury in New York’s 0-0 Draw with the defending MLS champion Portland Timbers in New Jersey on Sunday. The only 4 meetings in this series (ORL 1-1 RBNY, RBNY 3-2 ORL, RBNY 2-5 ORL, ORL 0-2 RBNY) reveals that Bradley Wright-Phillips (9 goals) and the Red Bulls are 2-1-1 against Cyle Larin (8 goals) and OCSC (1-2-4, 9 GF-15 GA on Road). The play here on Wednesday (Sky Sports 3/HD) is to pay the price and back hot GK Robles, Mike Grella (6 goals) and the hosts in a low-scoring match (with OCSC GK Deric also playing well) in which RBNY should simply find a way to win at Home. This one just feels right. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby, you know, enormous cream, forest green...

 

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Predicted Final Score: Red Bulls 1 Orlando City SC 0
Free MLS Picks: Red Bulls -182
Best Line Offered: at GTBets
Free Props Pick: Red Bulls To Win To Nil +200 at Paddy Power

 

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City
The Chicago Fire (3-5-8, 15 GF-21 GA) comes in tied with the least number of Wins in the MLS (3), the least Points in the league (14) and Chicago has scored the least number of goals in the Eastern Conference (15), so, visiting Sporting Kansas City (8-4-8, 24 GF-23 GA) is in the right place at the right time, especially getting Dominic Dwyer (8 goals) back after missing the NYCFC game (SKC won 2-1) due to Yellow Card accumulation.

One thing to look at here from a handicapping standpoint is that Chicago games have been really low-scoring at Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview (3-3-2, 9 GF-8 GA) with just 17 goals having been scored in 8 games (2.125 gpg) and SKC games on the Road have also been very low-scoring (2-3-4, 7 GF-9 GA), with only 16 goals having been scored in 9 Away fixtures (1.78 gpg). So does that mean auto-Under? The L5 meetings in this series (SKC 1-0 FIRE, SKC 2-0 FIRE, SKC 1-1 FIRE, FIRE 2-1 SKC, FIRE 1-0 SKC) supports that lean, revealing 4 Unders and an average of just 1.80 gpg with the Home team an unbeaten 4-1-0 and allowing just 2 goals in those L5 matches. But taking a chance on SKC—unbeaten in its L4 (2-20) against the smoldering Fire seems wiser than gambling on the Total in this particular instance, especially with the prolific Dwyer (Anytime Goalscorer +187 at Bet365) back in the fold for Sporting Kansas City and stud MF Benny Feilhaber playing so great right now.

 

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Predicted Final Score: Fire 1 Sporting Kansas City 2
Free MLS Pick: Sporting Kansas City +205
Best Line Offered: at GTBets

 

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake (8-5-5, 29 GF-28 GA) and GK 37-year-old Nick Rimando head north to Canada to face the Vancouver Whitecaps (7-4-8, 29 GF-33 GA) in a big Western Conference game between the 3rd- and 6th-place teams in the conference respectively with RSL (29 points) 4 points ahead of Pedro Morales (4 goals) and host Vancouver (25 points).

The L5 meetings in this series (RSL 1-0 VAN, VAN 4-0 RSL, VAN 2-1 RSL, RSL 0-1 VAN, VAN 2-1 RSL) reveals the Home side 4-0-1 with the Whitecaps winning 4 of the 5 in this series, save for the last one at Rio Tinto, won by RSL, 1-0 in April as Rimando registered a Clean Sheet. So the edge here on Wednesday night (KMYU, TSN, MLS LIVE) seems to be taking the Home side which needs the Win and the 3 points more and who have outscored RSL, 8-2 in the L3 meetings here in Ogopogo-ville (Lake Okanagan) and who are an impressive 5-1-1 lifetime (14 GF-5 GA) in British Columbia against Real Salt Lake. Get money.

 

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Predicted Final Score: Whitecaps 2 Real Salt Lake 1
Free MLS Pick: Whitecaps -118
Best Line Offered: at GTBets

 

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas
A tale of two teams going in different directions here, with Clint Dempsey (2 goals) and the host Seattle Sounders (5-2-10, 14 GF-21 GA)—usually a perennial power in the MLS—sitting in 10th and last place in the Western Conference with the lowest number of Goals in the MLS (14) and who, like the aforementioned Red Bulls, got off to a franchise-record crappy start although RBNY has awoken from its Soccer Slumber while Jordan Morris (8 goals) and the Sounders (4-0-5, 7 GF-8 GA at Home) are still snoozing, putting an end to that Sleepless in Seattle myth, although having a Starbucks on every corner of its home city must help with the sleeplessness in the Pacific Northwest. Vroooooom.

FC Dallas (11-4-5, 31 GF-24 GA) is sitting is 1st place in the better Western Conference and has the most Wins (11), is tied for the most Goals in the West (31) and is still unbeaten at Home in Frisco, Texas. The L5 meetings in this series (DAL 2-0 SEA, DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 2-1 DAL, SEA 3-0 DAL, DAL 0-0 SEA) shows the Home side an unbeaten 4-1-0 (9 GF-1 GA) with the Sounders outscoring Michael Barrios (6 goals) and FC Dallas (4-1-5, 11 GF-18 GA on Road), 5-1 in the L3 meetings here at CenturyLink. Note that FCD has played some pretty high-scoring games on the Road so far this MLS Regular Season (2.9 gpg) although the L3 Road games for FCD have all gone Under with a total of just 3 goals having been scored. Even though Fabian Castillo (5 goals), Tesho Akindele (5 goals) and Max Urruti (4 goals) and FCD are schizophrenic on the road, taking a small shot on them here in this spot seems worth it with the odds helping along with the fact the 10th-place team in the conference who is scoring Goals is playing the last-place team in the conference who has had trouble doing just that.

 

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Final Score Prediction: Sounders 1 FC Dallas 2
Free MLS Pick: FC Dallas +0.5 -167
Best Line Offered: at GTBets

 

Portland Timbers vs. Montreal Impact
Two clubs with long unbeaten runs meet in Wednesday night's game in Rose City as Nat Borchers and the defending MLS champion Portland Timbers (6-7-6. 28 GF-29 GA) battle EPL legend Didier Drogba (5 goals) and the Montreal Impact (6-4-7, 28 GF-25 GA) in an intriguing interconference affair which will see the visitors travel 2,956 miles from Quebec to the Bigfoot-ville and lose 3 Time Zones going from EDT to PDT, meaning the game will be starting at 10:30 (EDT) in their Body Clocks and ending past Midnight. Edge Timbers.

But with the Impact on a 5-game Unbeaten streak (2-3-0) and Portland now having gone 7 unbeaten after that aforementioned scoreless draw at Harrison, NJ on Sunday against the Red Bulls, this should be a competitive match, with the site weighing the heaviest. Crowd matters sometimes. The only 4 meetings in this series (MTL 1-2 POR, MTL 2-3 POR, POR 1-2 MTL, MTL 2-0)—the Impact are a fairly new franchise—shows the visitors have W3 straight with the Both Teams To Score (‘Yes’) going 3-0 in matches which all went Over the posted Total. The Home-pitch Advantage and the log-cutting Timber Joey should help Fanendo Adi (9 goals), Diego Valeri (7 goals), Jack McInerney (4 goals) and Portland (6-1-2, 19 GF-14 GA at Home), but this one sort of fits the Draw mold despite the seeming advantages to Portland and the Under  looks like the best MLS Pick, with the slight side lean to Portland.

 

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Final Score Prediction: Timbers 1 Impact 0
MLS Pick: Under 2½ +100
Best Line Offered: at GTBets