MLS Betting Advice: Can This Weekend Live up to Mid-Week Excitement?
Week 24 is upon us in the MLS after some of the most extraordinary results of the season last time out in one of the highest-scoring group of games to date.
Now that we’ve caught our breath, we’ve put together our MLS betting advice for this weekend’s action.
Game of the Week
Los Angeles FC +145 at Real Salt Lake +165
It's first against fifth in the Western Conference this weekend, with Los Angeles FC traveling to Utah to play against Real Salt Lake. Despite only four places separating them in the table, LAFC has a 15-point advantage.
In truth, LAFC looks unstoppable this season. It already looked incredible up until July, and then it officially revealed the transfers of Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini and now Los Angeles looks even better.
Salt Lake is usually involved in high-scoring games, too, with it tying 2-2 with San Jose Earthquakes last time out. In the past six games since the goalless game against Columbus Crew, RSL has been involved in 21 goals. At the same time, LAFC has won five of its last six games, making this match a mouthwatering prospect.
LAFC to win and over 2.5 goals against Salt Lake is +275 with DraftKings.
Best Bet of the Week
LA Galaxy +150 at Kansas City +160
Although LA Galaxy has had a bad season, we still expect them to be good enough to beat Sporting Kansas City. LA Galaxy defeated Guadalajara in a friendly on Thursday.
The Galaxy is not in great form, however, hence why they are +150 to beat a team sitting bottom of the Western Conference. On the other hand, it was only a month ago they beat Montreal 4-0, and it's only been two weeks since a comfortable 2-0 win over Atlanta United.
Kansas City is sitting with 20 points out of the 72 available, and worse yet, it has conceded 42 goals and scored only 19. We don’t think there’s much of a chance of it winning here and LA Galaxy is certainly a reasonable price for this week’s action.
LA Galaxy to beat Kansas City and both teams to score is +375 with PointsBet.
Team of the Week Last Week
What a season it has been for Philadelphia Union. Following on from its stunning 6-0 win over Houston Dynamo, it is now sitting top of the Eastern Conference ahead of the defending MLS Cup champions, New York City. The Pigeons do still have a game extra to play, however, but the Union's goals difference record is much better, too.
Against Houston, Philadelphia was unstoppable. It had 16 shots in the game compared to Houston's 11, and with eight of those shots going on target, it netted six goals from five different goalscorers. In fact, throughout the entire game, it looked as if Philadelphia could score with every attack it put together.
It was one of the season's best performances, and the Union is an easy pick for the best team of last week.
Philadelphia to beat Cincinnati 2-0 is +1300 with FanDuel.
Player of the Week Last Week
Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami
Finally, Gonzalo Higuian has turned back the years in the MLS. If you’ve been familiar with European soccer over the past decade, you would know that Higuain hitting the back of the net is nothing new. After almost two years with Inter Miami, he has sealed his first MLS hat-trick.
The Argentine had four shots on goal against Cincinnati last week and all three of his goals were goals that put Miami in the lead at that point in the game. The match did finish 4-4, but with three goals inside the first half, Higuain can finally lay claim to being the best player in the MLS from the past week.
Higuain to have 2 or more shots on target against Montreal is +275 with DraftKings.
Hardest Game to Call
New England Revs +200 at Orlando City +110
There are a few tough games to call this weekend, but none more so than the game involving New England Revolution and Orlando City in Florida. In fact, despite many places separating them in the Eastern Conference, only three points is the difference between the two, with the Revs scoring more goals (32) than Orlando, but also conceding more (34).
The only major difference this season is how Orlando has won eight games so far compared to New England's six. On the other hand, Orlando has lost nine games compared to the Revs' seven.
This is a massive game in terms of the playoff spots, too, and neither side can afford to lose. This makes for a very hard game to call, so we’re heading for a tie in this one.
A tie in this game is +260 with Caesars.
These are some other bets worth a look on this week’s schedule:
- Under 2.5 goals between Houston and Vancouver is -102 at BetMGM.
- Federico Bernardeschi to score against Nashville is +350 at PointsBet.
- New York City to beat Columbus 2-0 is +1600 at FanDuel.
- Seattle and Atlanta to tie 2-2 is +1200 at DraftKings.
- Four goals in the game between Austin and San Jose is +370 at Caesars.
- LAFC ↔
- Philadelphia Union ↔
- Austin ↑
- New Red Bulls ↑
- New York City FC ↓
This Week’s Schedule with Moneylines (All Times Eastern)
- Houston Dynamo (+200) at Vancouver Whitecaps (+115), 10:30 p.m.
- Seattle Sounders (+240) at Atlanta United (-110), 3 p.m.
- Chicago Fire (+115) at Charlotte (+200), 7 p.m.
- New York City (+165) Columbus Crew (+135), 7:30 p.m.
- New England Revs (+200) at Orlando City (+110), 7:30 p.m.
- Philadelphia Union (+125) at Cincinnati (+180), 7:30 p.m.
- Inter Miami (+410) at Montreal (-185), 7:30 p.m.
- New York Red Bulls (+105) at D.C. United (+210). 7:30 p.m.
- Toronto (+280) at Nashville (-125), 8 p.m.
- LA Galaxy (+150) at Kansas City (+160), 8:30 p.m.
- San Jose Earthquakes (+400) at Austin (-190), 9 p.m.
- Minnesota United (+320) at Colorado Rapids (-145), 9 p.m.
- Los Angeles FC (+145) at Real Salt Lake (+165), 10 p.m.
- Dallas (+210) at Portland Timbers (+110), 10:30 p.m.
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