MLS Week 22 Select Picks

DC United Player Drobling

Kevin Stott

Friday, July 28, 2017 1:55 PM GMT

The two 11th-place teams in their respective conferences, DC United and expansion side Minnesota United FC, meet in the Land Of 10,000 Lakes on Saturday. The Minnesota homeboys chasing their first goal in their last 4 matches at the TCF Bank Stadium.

Saturday July 29, 2017

Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls

Bradley-Wright Phillips (10 goals) and the 5th-place New York Red Bulls (10-2-8, 28 GF-26 GA) welcome Ignacio Piatti (10 goals) and the Impact (6-6-7, 30 GF-32 GA) to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ on Saturday night (MLS LIVE, MSG, TVAS (CAN), SkySports (UK)) for a big MLS Week 22 Eastern Conference affair for 9th-place Montréal (1-5-4, 13 GF-20 GA on Road) who now sit 7 points behind the Playoff cutoff line. Lifetime, GK Luis Robles (70 saves) and the Red Bulls (-176, Pinnacle) are a dominating (7-0-1, 22 GF-9 GA) against the Impact (+510) at Home and with the Impact boasting just 1 Road Win and allowing 3, 4 and 3 goals their L3 Road fixtures, backing Daniel Royer (8 goals), Sacha Kljestan—both members of the MLS Team of the Week Starting XI in Week 21—the Red Bulls (6-2-2, 16 GF-9 GA) and the Over is the Rx here in MLS Week 22, even though Montréal has W3 straight in the series (MTL 1-0 RBNY, RBNY 1-2 MTL, MTL 1-0 RBNY). Note, the Both Teams To Score Prop (Yes) has gone 6-1 L7 Impact games with the 3 goals or more having been scored in 5 of their L6 and an average of 5.0 gpg being scored in the Impact’s L3 Away (HOU 3-1 MTL, CLB 4-1 MTL, ORL 3-3 MTL).

Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 3 Impact 1MLS Picks: Red Bulls -175 & Over 2½Best Lines Offered: at 5Dimes

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 DC United at Minnesota United FC

This will be the first meeting ever between Christian Ramirez (10 goals, +120 Anytime Goalscorer, Bet365) and expansion side Minnesota United FC (5-4-12, 25 GF-45 GA) and DC United (5-3-13, 18 GF-38 GA) on Saturday night (MLS LIVE, News Channel 8, My29) at TCF Bank Stadium—their new stadium in 2019 will be named Allianz Field—and it will sadly be a meeting between the two last-place clubs in each conference, and two clubs with disturbing -20 Goal Differentials stats as we approach the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago next week. Looking for a betting edge here, we see that Kevin Molino (5 goals) and MNUFC (5-2-5, 15 GF-19 GA at Home) have gone three straight Home games without scoring a goal (MIN 0-1 CLB, MIN 0-0 HOU, MIN 0-3 RBNY), meaning taking a shot on the Under (3u -130, Heritage) and on Luciano Acosta (4 goals), Deshorn Brown and DCU (2-1-8, 11 GF-24 GA) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the Draw No Bet marketplace (DCU +105, William Hill) over Bobby Shuttleworth (4 Clean Sheets) and the Loons seem like logical picks in this particular spot on the schedule.

Final Score Prediction: Minnesota United 0 DC United 1Free MLS Pick: Under 3Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo

MLS All-Star Diego Valeri (10 goals), Fanendo Adi (10 goals) and the 4th-place Timbers (8-6-8, 37 GF-36 GA) head south to the Lone Star State on Saturday evening (MLS LIVE, ROOT Sports NW) too face Erik Torres (14 goals)—back from duty for the Mexican National Team—and the 3rd-place Dynamo (9-5-7, 37 GF-27 30) in a big MLS Week 22 affair from Houston. With GK Tyler Deric, Alex and Houston (8-2-0, 28 GF-9 GA at Home) unbeaten at Home and Darlington Nagbe (2 goals) and the Timbers (3-2-6, 15 GF-21 GA on Road) not in the best Form (1-3-4 L8)—they lost to lowly Real Salt Lake in Portland 4-1 two weekends ago—backing Alberth Elis (6 goals), new-addition Tomás Martínez and host Houston (-125, Bovada) here at their Home fortress in the call. The Timbers are still seeking their first Win ever in Space City and have earned just 2 points in 5 matches in Houston.

Final Score Prediction: Dynamo 2 Timbers 1Free MLS Pick: Dynamo -119Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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