Three Select Week 18 MLS Soccer Picks to Blast the Books

Kevin Stott

Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017 1:34 PM UTC

Huge Western Conference fixture between the last two MLS champions and prime-time Cascadia Cup showdown to wrap up MLS Week 18, we take a look at the top matches and provide free picks.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New England Revolution at Toronto FC

Toronto FC play host to the 8th-place New England Revolution at BMO Field in Toronto on Friday night in the MLS Regular Season Week 18 lid-lifter from The Great White North. A look at the L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series reveals the Home club to be 3-1-1. NE blanked the Reds at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, 3-0 on June 3, so Toronto will be looking for some quick Revenge here and to try to keep its slim 1-point lead over the Chicago Fire in the conference. With the oddsmakers’ favorites to win the MLS Cup, Sebastian Giovinco and TFC an unbeaten 6-2-0 at Home, the Revolution  still winless on the Road. Backing the hosts—who got all three DPs back last week—is the no-brainer MLS Soccer pick here.

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 2 Revolution 0Free MLS Pick: Toronto FC (-130 )Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Orlando City SC at Chicago Fire Soccer Club · Toyota Park · Bridgeview, IL · 8:30 ET

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolic (14 goals), David Accam (6 goals) and the red-hot 2nd-place Chicago Fire—unbeaten in their L8—host 4th-place Orlando City Saturday night in southwest suburban Chicagoland. The Fire come into this MLS Week 18 fixture in much better Form with after beating the Revolution in New England in MLS Week 18, 2-1, with OCSC (DLLWDD) having just one Win in its L6. A look at the L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series (ORL 0-0 FIRE, FIRE 2-2 ORL, ORL 1-1 FIRE, FIRE 0-1 ORL, ORL 1-1 FIRE) shows a freakish 4 Draws in 5 meetings with the Under (presumed 2½) 4-1. With the Lions (16/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) not playing so great away from Florida (1-1-4, 4 GF-11 GA), being able to muster just 4 Road goals in 6 away matches (0.75 GPG) and Chicago (7-1-0, 19 GF-4 GA) and GK Sean Johnson completely dominant in their Home fortress of Bridgeview and playing like champs since former Bayern Munich star and DP Schweinsteiger arrived in the Windy City, backing Luis Solignac (4 goals) and the Fire (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) is the Rx. 

Final Score Prediction: Fire 3 Orlando City SC 1Free MLS Picks: Over 2½ (-145) Best Lines Offered: at  Sports Interaction

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers

8th-place Sounders head down the Pacific Coast to face the Timbers on Sunday night in this prime-time Rivalry Week Cascadia Cup meeting and Week 18 end-cap from the Rose City. A look at the L5 meetings in this heated Western Conference and regional rivalry between the 2015 and 2016 MLS champions shows reveals the Home club to be a perfect 5-0-0 with 4 Overs in 5 meetings and the Timbers  scoring 7 times the L2 Home meetings against Seattle and a deeper handicapping dive reveals the Home team has W7 with the L5 MLS matches in Portland going well Over the Total, averaging a lumberjack-like 5.66 GPG. With Darlington Nagbe (2 goals) and the Timbers (5-2-1, 17 GF-7 GA at Home) riding a 7-match unbeaten streak at Home in Providence Park and Will Bruin (4 goals) and the Sounders ( 1-2-6, 10 GF-19 GA on Road) having just one Road Win and playing below average away from the Emerald City, expecting that mad wood-chopper Timber Joey  to go wild with his chainsaw and cut off a couple of slabs for the Portlandia Summer faithful seems like it fits the script here in the Beaver State where it rains VooDoo Donuts and Sasquatch has the biggest feet but still hasn’t scored a goal in the 24-year-old history of the MLS. This match should be fun, and the Timbers (+100) should win.  Additional prop pick for this game is for  Both Teams To Score “Yes” at Bet365.

Final Score Prediction: Timbers 2 Sounders 1Free MLS Pick: Over 2½Best Lines Offered: Sports Interaction

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