Soccer Betting: MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinal Leg 1’s - Sunday Rundown

Seattle Sounders players celebrating

Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:15 PM GMT

The Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs begin Sunday with four matches. Let’s handicap these four games and provide some soccer picks and try to make some money on some postseason European Football being played in America.

 

Montréal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls

Saputo Stadium, Montreal
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

The Conference Semifinals Stage of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs will begins Sunday with the 1st Legs and starts with this Eastern Conference doozy between the host and 5th-seed Montréal Impact (11-12-11, 49 GF-53 GA) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (24 goals) and the New York Red Bulls (16-9-9, 61 GF-44 GA) from beautiful Montreal (ESPN (US), RDS1, TSN-GO (CAN), Sky Sports 5/HD (UK)). The L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series (RBNY 1-0 MTL, RBNY 3-1 MTL, MTL 3-0 RBNY, RBNY 2-1 MTL, MTL 1-1) has seen the Home side go an unbeaten 4-1-0 (W-D-L) with the Red Bulls going 3-1-1 over that span, although three of the five games were played in New Jersey. 

Here, with scorers like Ignacio Piatti (17 goals) and maybe (Back injury) Didier Drogba (10 goals) for the Impact and the prolific BWP, there should be plenty of early Pace and 2 goals in the first 45+ minutes of play. The Impact—without MF Andrés Romero (Torn ACL)—looked fluid in their Knockout Round win at DC United and will come in with plenty of confidence, although they run into club that just doesn’t lose much these days. There could be 5 goals in this one, and the Weather in Montréal, Québec on Sunday afternoon is forecast to be Cloudy with a High of 45°.

 

Final Score Prediction: Impact 2 Red Bulls 3

Free MLS Picks: Red Bulls +183 at Pinnacle & Over 2½ -120 at BetOnline

MLS Props Picks: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -162 at Bet365, Over 3½ +210 at BetVictor

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LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

StubHub Center, Carson, CA
5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT

The 3rd-seed LA Galaxy (12-16-6, 54 GF-39 GA) have just one Loss at Home at the StubHub Center in Carson, going 8-8-1 (W-D-L) in the Regular Season and outscoring foes, 32-18 and then winning against Real Salt Lake here in the Knockout match on Wednesday, 3-1. The L5 meetings in this series (LA 1-1 COL, LA 0-0 COL, COL 1-0 LA, COL 1-2 LA, LA 1-1 COL) has resulted in 3 Draws—all in Carson—and 4 Unders, so this match screams 1-0 (LA) from an historical glance. With Bruce Arena having such a deep Roster—with Landon Donovan to boot now—LA should find a way to get a game-winning goal from someone like Giovanni dos Santos (14 goals), Mike Magee, Sebastian Lletget or maybe Wednesday’s goal-scorers Alan Gordon or Emmanuel Boateng—but Robbie Keane should be be ready to put on his perennial MLS Cup Playoff Superman cape and lead the attack with GK Brian Rowe holdin it down on the other end for the 2nd-seeded Galaxy. 

Because of the Site and the Situation, LA should have about three times the number of quality shots on goal, so Rapids GK Tim Howard and the Colorado Defense may be on the back heel all afternoon at the StubHub Center (ESPN (US), TSN1/4 (CAN), Sky Sports 5/HD (UK)). Even though the Galaxy got the toughest draw in the conference semis, this is a team that doesn’t lose at Home, plays for this time of year and may have the most talented scorers it has ever had to choose from on this Roster. They’ll find a goal.

 

Final Score Prediction: LA Galaxy 1 Rapids 0

MLS Picks: Under 2½ -110, LA Galaxy -115 at Heritage

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Toronto FC vs New York City FC

BMO Field, Toronto
7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT

Sebastian Giovinco (18 goals), Jozy Altidore (11 goals) and 3rd-seed Toronto FC (14-11-9, 51 GF-49 GA in Regular Season) host David Villa (23 goals), Frank Lampard (12 goals) and NYCFC (15-9-10, 62 GS-57 GA) to Toronto on Sunday night (FS1 (US), TSN2 (CAN)) in Leg 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with Leg 2 set for Yankee Stadium on Nov. 6. TFC advanced into this match by defeating the Philadelphia Union, 3-1 in Ontario midweek. Even though the L2 games played in Toronto went Under (TOR 1-1 NYCFC, TOR 0-2 NYCFC), the Situation and players involved make it seem like some goals will be scored here, with NYCFC having scored 11 goals in the L4 meetings with the Reds. And this one could end in a Draw, with the 2nd Leg back in The Big Apple and The House That Ruth Built on Nov. 6 possibly determining who advances on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 NYCFC 2

Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ -200 at William Hill

MLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -187 at Bet365

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Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas 

CenturyLink Field, Seattle 
9:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. PDT

A team which was sitting in 9th-place in its conference just last month, the Seattle Sounders host their second straight MLS Cup Playoffs match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday night (FS1 (US), TSN2 (CAN)), hosting top-seeded FC Dallas. The L5 meetings in this series (DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 5-0 DAL, DAL 2-0 SEA, DAL 2-1 SEA, SEA 2-1 DAL) shows the Home club to be an unbeaten 5-0-0, outscoring the visitors by a 13-3 margin, so the Site and Travel matter here, as does the big Home-pitch edge Jordan Morris (12 goals), Nicolás Lodeiro (4 goals) and the Sounders enjoy at Home (10-2-5, 22 GF-12 GA in Regular Season). Seattle edged Sporting Kansas City, 1-0 on a late header by Nelson Valdez (Back Contusion), and will be playing without the services of captain Clint Dempsey. Expect another great performance in goal from Stefan Frei, D/M Brad Evans (Left Calf Strain), Chad Marshall (Ankle) and the beat-up Sounders back four, but with Mauro Diaz (Achilles) injured, FC Dallas just isn’t the same and with this one in the Emerald City. Edge, Sounders.

 

Final Score Prediction: Sounders 1 FC Dallas 0

Free MLS Picks: Sounders +140, Under 2½ +115  at Heritage

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