MLS Week 9 Best Value Picks

Orlando City SC players celebrating

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:14 PM GMT

Let’s handicap that MLS Week 9 lid lifter and two matches on Saturday night and make some soccer picks and a case for some solid home favorites and a couple of 'Overs'.

Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo

BMO Field, Friday, April 28 7:30 p.m. ET

Sebastian Giovinco (3 goals) and Toronto FC play host to Erick Torres (7 goals) and the Houston Dynamo in an inter-conference match from the province of Ontario and the opening match on the MLS Week 9 slate. Although Houston has gotten off to a solid start this Regular Season, Alberth Elis (3 goals) and the Dynamo will be traveling to Canada, losing a Body Clock hour (CDT to EDT) and catch Jozy Altidore (3 goals) and TFC in a semi-desperate spot. A look at the L5 meetings in this series (HOU 1-1 TOR, TOR 1-2 HOU, TOR 0-1 HOU, HOU 2-2 TOR, TOR 4-2 HOU) shows the Both Teams To Score “Yes” Prop going 4-1, the Dynamo 2-2-1 (W-D-L) and the Over 2-1 L3 trips to TO.

With Houston 0-2 on the road (2 GF-6 GA) and the Reds unbeaten at Home (1-2-0, 5 GF-3 GA), playing good Defense and having star Giovinco angry he was taken off after scoring a brace last match in a 3-1 Home win versus the Chicago Fire in Week 8, backing the hosts in a high-scoring affair seems like the wisest approach.

 

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 Dynamo 1Free MLS Picks: Toronto FC -166, Over 2½  at PinnacleMLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) at Bet365

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Orlando City SC vs. Colorado Rapids

Orlando City Stadium, Saturday, April 29, 3:55 p.m. ET

With 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin (6 goals) leading the way, Orlando City (4-0-1 , 6 GF-4 GA) is evolving into a pretty good soccer club. On Saturday in its brand new stadium, OCSC hosts Tim Howard and the Rapids (1-1-4, 5 GF-9 GA) in an enticing inter-conference matchup. With OCSC being so new to MLS, these clubs have only met twice with OCSC winning 2-0 here in O-Town in 2015 and a 0-0 Draw last season in Colorado. With 1th-place Colorado again having trouble scoring to start a season, it seems banking on the prolific Larin and OCSC at the more than fair price is the approach in a potentially low-scoring affair.

 

Final Score Prediction: Orlando City SC 2 Rapids 0MLS Pick: Orlando City SC -122 at BetOnlineMLS Props Pick: Cyle Larin Anytime Goalscorer at Bet365

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Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution

CenturyLink Field, Saturday, April 29, 10 p.m. ET

Clint Dempsey, GK Stefan Frei, and the defending MLS-champion Sounders (2-3-2, 11 GF-8 GA) play host to Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara and the Revolution (2-3-3, 11 GF-11 GA) on Saturday night. A look at the L5 fixtures in this inter-conference series (NE 2-1 SEA, SEA 3-0 NE, NE 5-0 SEA, SEA 0-0 NE, NE 2-2 SEA) reveals the Home club an unbeaten 4-1-0, the Over 4-1 and Sounders 2-0 the L2 in Seattle with NE failing to score a goal. With Jordan Morris, Will Bruin and the Sounders at home (1-1-0, 3 GF-1 GA) and CenturyLink providing such a big home edge, motivated Seattle is the call here against New England (which will be traveling 3,045 miles and losing 3 body clock hours.

 

Final Score Prediction: Sounders 3 Revolution 1Free MLS Picks: Sounders -152, Over 2½ at 5Dimes

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