Soccer Predictions: MLS Week 8 Best Value Picks

New York City FC players celebrating

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:03 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 3:03 PM GMT

Upstart Orlando City SC heads to The Big Apple on Sunday afternoon to face NYCFC at Yankee Stadium in a huge early season Eastern Conference between two relatively new clubs who are making their mark in MLS. Let’s look at that match and two other and offer up some soccer picks for week 8.

Philadelphia Union vs. Montréal Impact

PPL Park, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 p.m. ET

 

One great sports gambling strategy is to pick on the weak, week after week. That’s the plan with the Philadelphia Union (0-2-4, 5 GF-11 GA) who welcome the 10th-place Impact (1-3-2, 7 GF-9 GA) on Saturday in an almost must-win spot for CJ Sapong (3 goals, +150 Anytime Goalscorer, Bet365) and the struggling hosts who remain winless, in 11th place in the East and have the league’s least points (2). A look at the L5 meetings (PHI 1-1 MTL, MTL 5-1 PHI, MTL 1-1, PHI, MTL 0-1 PHI, PHI 2-2 MTL) reveals three Draws, the BTTS “Yes” 4-1 L5 meetings with Home clubs with just one win.

Montréal saw Didier Drogba leave after last season but with Ignacio Piatti (2 goals), Dominic Oduro (1 goal) and Matteo Mancuso (2 goals) have some decent scoring options against struggling Philadelphia (100/1) which desperately needs the “W” and the 3 points here. TWC Forecast for Philadelphia Saturday is currently calling for Rain Showers with a Low of 49°.

 Final Score Prediction: Union 2 Impact 2Free MLS Picks: Over 2½, Draw +255 at JustBetMLS Props Pick: Both Teams To Score (Yes) -150 at Bet365

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New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew

Red Bull Arena, Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

 

GK Luis Robles, Bradley Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls (3-1-3, 7 GF-9 GA) play host to Ola Kamara, Justin Meram and the 1st-place Columbus Crew (4-1-2, 11 GF-8 GA) on Saturday night. A look at the L5 MLS fixtures in this Eastern Conference series shows (RBNY 3-2 CLB, CLB 1-1 RBNY, RBNY 1-0 CLB, CLB 2-0 RBNY, RBNY 2-1 CLB) the Home club an unbeaten 4-1-0, the Red Bulls 3-0 the L3 in Jersey with a deep handicapping dive revealing the BTTS (‘Yes’) to be 8-2 L10 meetings. 

In Week 7, the Crew edged Toronto FC in Columbus, 2-1, while New York and Robles registered a clean sheet against DC United at Red Bull Stadium, 2-0, with Wright-Phillips and Alex Muyl getting the goals for the hosts. Expect site and far to motivate RBNY here over the Crew (16/1) in Harrison (Showers late, Low 40°, Winds NNE 10-15 mph). With 30 goals scored in the L7 meetings (4.29 gpg) between these two (5, 1, 3, 4, 5, 4, 4), backing the Over and the motivated hosts is the logical betting pick here.

 

 Final Score Prediction: Red Bulls 2 Crew 1Free MLS Picks: Over 2½, Red Bulls -154  at Intertops

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NYCFC vs. Orlando City SC

Yankee Stadium, Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Cyle Larin and 2nd-place Orlando City (4-0-1 , 6 GF-4 GA) head to the Big Apple (Yankee Stadium) on Sunday to face David Villa and 4th-place NYCFC (3-1-2, 10 GF-5 GA) in what should be the most entertaining and important fixture in the MLS this weekend. A look at the L5 meetings in this relatively new Eastern Conference series reveals (ORL 1-0 NYCFC, ORL 2-1 NYCFC, NYCFC 2-2 ORL, NYCFC 0-1 ORL, ORL 2-1 NYCFC) Home club 3-1-1, OCSC scoring in every meeting and Jack Harrison (2 goals) and NYCFC 1-1-0 against OCSC in the Empire State in matches which saw 2 Overs and 1 Under and an MLB stadium-like total of 13 goals scored (4.33 gpg). Embracing Yankee Stadium Overs still, especially with Totals at 2½ and Villa and Larin pulling the strings in The Bronx (Light Rain early, Low 47°).

 

Final Score Prediction: NYCFC 3 OCSC 2MLS Picks: Over 2½, NYCFC -152 at SportsInterationMLS Props Pick: Over 3½ +130 at Intertops

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