Red Bulls Should Win Offensive Battle vs. Visiting Crew Saturday

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 12:58 PM UTC

This is the final weekend of action for MLS teams before the All-Star Game on August 1 in Atlanta, where the league's top players will host Italian Serie A power and recent CR7 acquiree Juventus.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:right"><strong><em>SBR Capper Record Last Week: 2-0-1 ATS</em></strong><br /><strong><em>MLS July 2018 Capper Record: 8-8-2 ATS</em></strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Soccer Betting Forum">MLS: Matchday 22 Lookahead</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><img height="146" src="" width="434" /></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Columbus Crew (9-6-7) at New York Red Bulls (12-2-5)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 7 p.m. ET</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Pick: Red Bulls ML</h2><p dir="ltr"><em>Odds on this game not available at press time. Check SBR's <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live MLS Odds">soccer odds board</a> for live updates.</em></p><p dir="ltr">With two 13-goal scorers (Bradley Wright-Phillips, RBNY; Gyasi Zardes, CLB), the warm summer weather and the All-Star Game approaching, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">expect a high-scoring match</a> in New Jersey between the host Red Bulls (12-2-5, 39 GF/19 GA) and the Crew (9-6-7, 27 GF/27 GA). Columbus (2-3-5 on road) is the fresher side with the Red Bulls having played on <a href="">Wednesday night</a> (at DCU), but RBNY — who have a new coach in Chris Armas — have W4 straight at home (10 GF/3 GA) with GK Luis Robles notching two clean sheets, beating some solid opponents in defending Western Conference champions Seattle, FC Dallas, Sporting KC and the NE Revolution.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RBNY 19-5-10 lifetime at home vs. CLB (53 GF/36 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">RBNY W4 straight at home vs. CLB (8 GF/3 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">CLB last win at RBNY: Oct. 19, 2014 (RBNY 1-2 CLB)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">Looking at the L5 meetings in this fixture (CLB 1-1 RBNY, CLB 3-2 RBNY, RBNY 2-0 CLB, RBNY 3-2 CLB, CLB 1-1 RBNY), we see the home club an unbeaten 3-2-0 (10 GF/6 GA) with RBNY winning the L2 meetings in Harrison. Expecting both teams to score here makes sense with the Crew (LLWLLW) having another reliable scorer in Federico Higuaín (4 goals) and the Red Bulls (WWWLWW) having Daniel Royer (5 goals) to complement the prolific Wright-Phillips. In June and July, RBNY games saw considerably more goals at home (3.25 gpg) than on the road (1.75 gpg), so expect at least 2 and maybe 3 goals from the host Red Bulls. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Red Bulls 3, Crew 1.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="84" src="" width="624" /></p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">FC Dallas (11-6-3) at Sporting Kansas City (9-6-5)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Pick: Sporting Kansas City +190</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Skybook" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Skybook</a></h2><p dir="ltr">In the L5 Western Conference meetings between these two (SKC 2-0 DAL, DAL 1-0 SKC, SKC 0-0 DAL, DAL 2-2 SKC, SKC 2-0), the home side is an unbeaten 3-2-0 (7 GF/2 GA) with the visiting club getting shut out 4 times and SKC notching 3 clean sheets. Despite the wonderful start from 1st-place FC Dallas (4-2-3 on road), expect conference road games — like last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Houston — to be hard on this club, which should be tested by expansion side LAFC and Sporting Kansas City (6-3-1 at home) in the second half of the season. And even with FC Dallas (LWWLWD) tied with the Sounders for the fewest goals allowed (23) in the West heading into midweek action, SKC (DWLLDL) has been a juggernaut at home and the Wizards need the win more than FC Dallas and all 3 points in this spot between two BBQ giants.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">SKC 16-7-7 lifetime at home vs. FCD (57 GF/36 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">SKC unbeaten L7 home vs. FCD (5-2-0, 14 GF/3 GA)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">FCD last win at SKC: Aug. 28, 2011 (SKC 2-3 FCD)</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">With Johnny Russell (7 goals), Dániel Sallói (6 goals) and healing SKC suffering just 2 losses in its L30 matches at home at Children’s Mercy Park, shopping for the best three-way line and <a href="" title="Live Soccer Odds">gambling on the hosts seems like a logical approach</a> in this showdown between two good clubs. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Sporting Kansas City 2. FC Dallas 0.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Minnesota United FC (9-1-11) at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-5-9)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Saturday, 10 p.m. ET</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: Whitecaps ML and Over 2½</h2><p dir="ltr"><em>Odds on this game not available at press time. Check SBR's <a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live MLS Odds">soccer odds board</a> for live updates.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Two teams looking up at everyone in the Western Conference standings and out of the MLS playoffs if the postseason started this weekend will see a club that only wins or loses — Minnesota United FC (1 draw) — destined to lose in Canada against wily host Vancouver (4-4-2 at home), even with Darwin Quintero and the Loons coming off a big 5-1 home victory over LAFC — snapping a 6-game win streak and W4 straight at home first time in franchise history — in Matchweek 21 and the Caps seemingly down some this season.</p><ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">MNUFC have yet to score at BC Place</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">There have been at least 3 goals L5 MNUFC (6, 3, 5, 3, 7)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">VAN L6 home average 3.50 gpg (5, 1, 7, 4, 4), 5 overs</p> </li></ul><p dir="ltr">Looking at the only 3 meetings in this series after Minnesota United (LWLWWW) joined MLS in 2016 (MNUFC 1-0 VAN, VAN 3-0 MNUFC, MNUFC 2-2 VAN), we see a 1-1-1 reality with both winning at home and a draw in the first-ever meeting.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Vancouver (WLLWLL) is 2-3-1 in its L6 home matches, outscoring opponents 15-12 with 5 of those games going well "over" the total with 5, 1, 7, 6, 4 and 4 goals scored over that span. So with that trend in mind, 7th-place MNUFC (33 GF-40 GA) coming off a 5-goal game and 9th-place Whitecaps (30 GF-42 GA) tough at home, scoring goals there and needing the points, backing both the hosts and the "over" to win equal amounts would be a decent approach. Note, Kei Kamara (8 goals) the Whitecaps will be coming off a Wednesday Canadian Cup Leg 2 vs. Montréal at BC Place. <strong>Predicted final score: </strong>Whitecaps 3, Minnesota United 2.</p>
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