MLS 2023 Picks: Predictions, Analysis for Saturday's Games

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This weekend, Major League Soccer has just six games scheduled ahead of a full midweek lineup to look forward to next Wednesday.

We’ve analyzed the six upcoming games and put together our picks for the half-dozen matches.

Columbus Crew (+200) at New York City (+115) 

Columbus Crew is searching for its third win in a row at New York City this Saturday after failing to make a shutout in its past six games.

This does bode well for a New York team that has scored just 17 goals in 17 games and lost seven times already in 2023. Worse yet, it is as low in the standings as it has been since coming into MLS almost a decade ago.

Nobody has scored more goals than the Crew (35) so far, so we expect a few goals.

Columbus Crew to win and both teams to score is +418 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Real Salt Lake (+370) at D.C. United (-160)

Real Salt Lake is in search of just its sixth win of the season when it is at D.C. United. Real Salt Lake is going to have a tough time picking up that win.

RSL has let in the most goals in the Western Conference this year, and only LA Galaxy, Minnesota United and Colorado Rapids have scored fewer times.

However, D.C. has scored 25 and conceded 24 and has failed to earn a shutout in its past four games. We think D.C, will still get the win, however, but expect both teams to score. 

What’s more, former Premier League star Christian Benteke has scored eight MLS goals after his late winning finish at Inter Miami two weeks ago.

D.C. United to win, both teams to score and Christian Benteke to score anytime is +423 at Unibet.

Orlando City (+300) at New England Revolution (-130) 

The New England Revolution are three points ahead of Orlando City going into a game in Boston on Saturday.

Last time out, New England defeated Miami 3-1 as it failed to earn another shutout. It has now let in 10 goals in its past five games, and even when it achieved a shutout in that five-game spell, it failed to score in a 0-0 tie with New York.

At the same time, Orlando has defeated the New York Red Bulls and Colorado and Miami in its past five games and has not lost an MLS game since losing to Montreal at the start of May.

It makes for an interesting game, and we think Orlando could leave with a point.

A draw at halftime is +120 at FanDuel.

St. Louis City (+390) at Nashville (-170) 

Second meets with fifth in the Supporters' Shield standings with the top of the Western Conference, St. Louis City, at Nashville. 

Nashville's journey to second in the overall standings has seen the team win nine games and let in just 12 goals in 17 matches. No team in MLS has a better defensive record. 

St. Louis, however, has scored 33 times. Only Columbus has netted more goals, while it has also won nine games. 

We give the edge to Nashville in this one, as St. Louis has won just three times away from home, while Nashville has won six times at home. 

The Music have also picked up 68 fouls in its past five games and will likely need to have a similar output here to stop a relentless St. Louis offense.  

Over 9.5 corners, Hany Mukhtar to score and both teams to score is +390 at DraftKings Sportsbook. 

Portland Timbers (+240) at San Jose Earthquakes (+100)  

The San Jose Earthquakes won again last weekend by defeating Philadelphia Union 2-1, which ended a nine-game unbeaten run for last year’s Eastern Conference winners. 

We expect the Quakes to keep up this winning form, as the Portland Timbers have scored just two goals in the past five games and defeated only Dallas in this time. 

San Jose to win 2-0 is +800 at Caesars Sportsbook. 

Los Angeles (+155) at Sporting Kansas City (+155) 

What a contrasting few weeks it has been for Los Angeles FC and Sporting Kansas City after previously sitting in completely different areas of the form guide. 

LAFC has failed to win its past six games and headed out of the U.S. Open Cup, lost the CONCACAF Champions League final, and failed to win three MLS games in the process. It has also failed to score in those MLS games.  

During the same period, Kansas City has only lost to St. Louis and defeated Dallas, Portland and Austin by scoring a combined 10 goals. 

These two also met this time last month, as Denis Bouanga scored for LAFC before an equalizer from Johnny Russell for Kansas City. We expect a similar outcome here. 

A 1-1 tie is +450 at BetMGM Sportsbook. 

MLS Odds
Tomorrow
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
New England Revolution New England Revolution NER
+160FanDuel
+260BetMGM
+160BetMGM
Orlando City SC Orlando City SC ORL
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Toronto FC Toronto FC TOR
+110BetMGM
+260BetMGM
+215DraftKings
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union PHI
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati CIN
-145BetMGM
+300BetMGM
+390FanDuel
Charlotte FC Charlotte FC CLT
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
D.C. United D.C. United DCU
-115DraftKings
+275DraftKings
+290FanDuel
Nashville SC Nashville SC NSH
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
CF Montreal CF Montreal MTL
+138BetMGM
+260FanDuel
+170DraftKings
Atlanta United Atlanta United ATL
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
St. Louis City SC St. Louis City SC STL
+105BetMGM
+270DraftKings
+230FanDuel
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo HOU
-150BetMGM
+320FanDuel
+380FanDuel
Minnesota United Minnesota United MNU
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
FC Dallas FC Dallas DAL
+180FanDuel
+270FanDuel
+125DraftKings
Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles Galaxy GAL
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire FIR
+140FanDuel
+250DraftKings
+185DraftKings
New York City FC New York City FC NYC
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Austin FC Austin FC ATX
+150DraftKings
+240FanDuel
+170FanDuel
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders FC SOU
9:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids RAP
+110BetMGM
+260FanDuel
+235DraftKings
New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls NYR
10:25pm
Home
Draw
Away
Portland Timbers Portland Timbers POR
+120BetMGM
+280FanDuel
+190FanDuel
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake RSL
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes SJE
-110DraftKings
+290FanDuel
+250FanDuel
Sporting Kansas City Sporting Kansas City SKC
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Los Angeles Football Club Los Angeles Football Club LAF
-120FanDuel
+290DraftKings
+275DraftKings
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew CLB
Jul 17th
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Atlanta United Atlanta United ATL
+155FanDuel
+250FanDuel
+155BetMGM
New York City FC New York City FC NYC
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati CIN
-250FanDuel
+400BetMGM
+600FanDuel
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire FIR
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Inter Miami CF Inter Miami CF MIA
-135BetMGM
+290FanDuel
+340FanDuel
Toronto FC Toronto FC TOR
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew CLB
-225BetMGM
+350FanDuel
+550FanDuel
Charlotte FC Charlotte FC CLT
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls NYR
-210BetMGM
+350FanDuel
+550FanDuel
CF Montreal CF Montreal MTL
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union PHI
-105FanDuel
+260FanDuel
+250FanDuel
New England Revolution New England Revolution NER
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Nashville SC Nashville SC NSH
+130FanDuel
+250FanDuel
+190FanDuel
Orlando City SC Orlando City SC ORL
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Minnesota United Minnesota United MNU
-140FanDuel
+310BetMGM
+340FanDuel
D.C. United D.C. United DCU
8:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
FC Dallas FC Dallas DAL
+105BetMGM
+260FanDuel
+230FanDuel
Austin FC Austin FC ATX
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
-165BetMGM
+333BetMGM
+420FanDuel
Sporting Kansas City Sporting Kansas City SKC
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders FC SOU
-140FanDuel
+290FanDuel
+350FanDuel
St. Louis City SC St. Louis City SC STL
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes SJE
+210FanDuel
+275BetMGM
+110FanDuel
Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo HOU
10:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles Galaxy GAL
-135BetMGM
+300FanDuel
+330FanDuel
Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids RAP
10:45pm
Home
Draw
Away
Los Angeles Football Club Los Angeles Football Club LAF
-185FanDuel
+350FanDuel
+400FanDuel
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake RSL
Jul 20th
7:30pm
Home
Draw
Away
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union PHI
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