MLS Week 19 Offering Up Full Slate of Midweek Matches

CHicago Fire

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 1:37 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 1:37 PM GMT

Let’s handicap that Week 19 match and two more for Thursday—Chicago at Portland and Montreal at Houston—and try to keep up the winning roll going with a passel full of red, white and green picks in these early games for our readership.

Tuesday July 4, 2017Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy

With the LA Galaxy (6-4-7, 26 GF-26 GA) an impressive 12-4-5 (W-D-L) the L21 Fourth of July matches and Real Salt Lake (5-2-12, 17 GF-38 GA, -21 GD) sitting sadly in 11th place in the Western Conference and having an anemic 1-1-8 Road mark (8 GF-28 GA), it ain’t brain surgery to back Romain Alessandrini (6 goals) and the hosts here in his Week 19 affair from suburban La La Land on Tuesday night. A look at the L5 meetings in this series show the LA Galaxy (1-3-4, 8 GF-12 GA) to be 3-1-1 the L5 (RSL 1-2 LA, LA 3-1 RSL, RSL 3-3 LA, LA 5-2 RSL, RSL 3-0 LA) with all 5 matches going Over. with both coming on off two consecutive Losses, expect scoring to come slow at first, with the pressure on GK Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Yura Movsisyan (5 goals) and the visitors to get on the scoreboard first. With that in mind, backing the side here despite their MLS-worst Home Record is the pick with Giovani dos Santos (6 goals) and the homeboys likely to wake up sooner or later now that legendary Bruce Arena (USMNT) has left.

Final Score Prediction: LA Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 1Free MLS Pick: LA Galaxy -125Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017Montreal Impact vs Houston Dynamo

Erik Torres (12 goals) and the 4th-place Houston Dynamo (7-4-7, 31 GF-28 GA) welcome Ignacio Piatti (8 goals) and the Montreal Impact (5-6-5, 26 GF-26 GA) on Wednesday night (TVAS, MLS LIVE, KUBE57) in this Week 18 inter-conference affair more important to the visitors who sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference (26 points) and 6 points off the MLS Playoff cut. A glance at the L5 meetings between these two teams shows (MTL 1-0 HOU, HOU 3-0 MTL, HOU 3-2 MTL, MTL 3-0 HOU, HOU 1-0 MTL) 4 Clean Sheets in 5 fixtures for the Home side which has gone an unblemished 5-0-0 outscoring the visitors, 11-2. So the Impact (1-5-3, 12 GF-17 GA on Road) can’t win south of the border apparently and the Dynamo (7-2-0, 25 GF-8 GA) can’t win north of it. Montreal (WWDDLW) is in slightly better Form than Houston (DWLDDL), but with Alberth Ellis (5 goals) and the Dynamo unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium this campaign and playing better than year past, big lean to the Dynamo here in a possibly high-scoring match in the Lone Star State.

Final Score Prediction: Dynamo 3 Impact 2Free MLS Picks: Dynamo -135Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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Chicago Fire vs Portland Timbers FC

Nemanja Nikolic (16 goals), the red-hot David Accam (10 goals) and the 2nd-place (Eastern Conference) Chicago Fire (11-4-3, 35 GF-17 GA)—unbeaten in their L10 now—head 2 Time Zones west from CT to PT and the pretty Pacific Northwest to face the Timbers (7-5-7, 32 GF-29 GA) in this Week 18 thriller from Portland on Thursday night (MLS LIVE, CSN-Chicago, KPDX). Looking at the L5 meetings in this series we see that (CHI 1-1 POR, POR 1-0 FIRE, POR 1-1 FIRE, FIRE 2-2 POR, POR 2-1 FIRE) there have been three straight Unders and the Home side hasn’t lost (2-3-0) although they play infrequently as the Timbers (LLDD) are winless their L4 overall and the Fire (2-3-3, 8 GF-13 GA on Road) have improved vastly since DP Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined the Roster. This is a tough spot for Diego Valeri (10 goals), Fanendo Adi (9 goals) and Portland (3-3-1, 19 GF-9 GA at Home)—even in the Rose City—as GK Sean Johnson, Luis Solignac (4 goals) and Chicago are on a major league roll and playing the best it has is years. Expect many goals here and maybe a Draw.

Final Score Prediction: Timbers 2 Fire 2Free MLS Picks: Draw +275Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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