MLS Betting Advice: Huge Game In New York Highlights Week

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MLS Betting Advice: Huge Game In New York Highlights Week
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This Major League Soccer weekend has some big games on the schedule, including a Hudson River Derby in New York and a must-win encounter in Texas between Austin and Dallas. 

We also enter this game week with another change at the top of either conference for the fourth week in a row after the results last time out.

We’ve put together our betting advice for this weekend’s fixtures.

Game of the Week

New York City +195 at New York Red Bulls +115 

The Hudson River Derby will take center stage in the MLS this weekend and it is one of the most important matches played between New York City and the New York Red Bulls. 

We say this because both teams have had time sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference this season, while only two points are separating them in the table.

New York City is still one of the favorites to win the MLS Cup and defend its crown, but a lot could change if it does not win here. The Red Bulls are playing well, and with them smashing the Pigeons 3-0 in the last meeting between the two, this is a big one at the Red Bull Arena.

Based on the last game, the recent form, and how close they are in the Eastern Conference, we believe a tie will happen in this game.

A 1-1 tie in this Hudson River Derby is +550 with DraftKings.

Best Bet of the Week

Los Angeles +180 at Nashville +125

In an infrequent scenario this season, Los Angeles FC enters a game as the underdog. This comes after it slipped into second place in the past two weeks following a loss to Vancouver Whitecaps. However, Los Angeles did bounce back by defeating city rivals LA Galaxy.

Despite the recent tumble, LAFC is the favorite to win the MLS Cup alongside the defending champions NYCFC. What's more, the Black and Gold has still managed to win five of their past 10 games against three defeats, and they are a clear choice for our pick as the best bet of the week here.

This shouldn’t rule out the threat of Nashville, who is right behind LAFC after defeating the Seattle Sounders last time. Nevertheless, LAFC is nine points clear of Nashville with an extra game to play, so there’s a clear distinction in who is the better side despite the odds not reflecting that right now.

With this in mind, we’re backing LAFC to beat Nashville and get its 13th win.

LAFC to beat Nashville 2-1 is +1000 with DraftKings.

Team of the Week Last Week

San Jose Earthquakes

The San Jose Earthquakes have moved into 12th in the Western Conference following a sensational win against its California rivals, LA Galaxy. 

The Quakes traveled to Los Angeles as the heavy underdogs, but following a 15-minute flurry of attacks, they took a 2-0 lead. Marcos Lopez soon made it 3-0, before a second-half rally from the Galaxy brought the score to 3-2.

The usual attacking excellence from San Jose was on full display, but its defensive capabilities were equally as impressive when the Galaxy cranked up the heat in the second half. 

Too many times this season, San Jose has blown a lead and witnessed point after point disappears in the Western Conference, but in this all-California affair, things were very different.

San Jose to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 is +400 with BetMGM.

Player of the Week Last Week 

Cucho Hernandez, Columbus Crew

It's not often that you get named the player of the week when you only played the second half, but Cucho Hernandez is deserving of this after a fantastic 45 minutes against D.C. United.

Since departing Watford of the Premier League, Hernandez has barely done anything wrong in his first two games and has looked right at home in the MLS. He is famed for his cutting inside from the left flank to curl the ball right past the goalkeeper, and this was exactly how he scored the first of two goals against D.C.

While Hernandez’s first goal was in typical, beautiful Hernandez style, his second was just as impressive as he managed to find space between the D.C. defense to head the ball home for his third goal in two MLS games.

In reality, it was only a matter of time until this Colombian sensation got us all talking, and Hernandez is our player of the week from last week. 

Hernandez to score anytime is +180 with DraftKings. 

Hardest Game to Call

Charlotte +220 at Inter Miami +110

Charlotte and Inter Miami might be separated by four places in the table ahead of this meeting, but with a game extra for Miami to play, Charlotte's four-point gap seems a lot weaker in context. 

This already makes for an intriguing encounter, but given the difference in form, it makes things even tougher to predict for your soccer betting play.

Charlotte has struggled away from home this season, although it recently beat Houston Dynamo in Texas. It blew out Nashville 4-1 in what was arguably Charlotte's best performance of the season, making the prediction in this game even tougher to call.

Miami is the lowest-scoring side in the Eastern Conference this season with just 19 goals in 19 games, but its home record has seen it defeat Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls, and Atlanta United in the past two months.

It’s a challenging game to call here, so we’re heading for a tie.

A tie in this game is +240 with DraftKings.

Throw Ins

These are some other bets worth a look on this week’s schedule:

Power Rankings


Philadelphia Union ↑

Austin FC ↓

New York City FC ↓

New York Red Bulls ↓

This Week’s Schedule with Moneylines (All Times Eastern)


  • New England Revolution (+280) at Philadelphia Union (-115), 7:30 p.m.
  • Toronto FC (+350) at Montreal (-155), 7:30 p.m.
  • Charlotte (+220) at Inter Miami (+110), 8 p.m.
  • D.C. United (+330) at Minnesota United (-155), 8 p.m.
  • Seattle Sounders (+210) at Chicago Fire (+110), 8 p.m.
  • LA Galaxy (+230) at Colorado Rapids (+100), 9 p.m.
  • Austin (+260) at Dallas (-115), 9 p.m.


  • Orlando City (+280) at Atlanta United (-130), 3 p.m.
  • New York City (+195) at New York Red Bulls (+115), 5 p.m.
  • Cincinnati (+300) at Columbus Crew (-135), 7:30 p.m.
  • Los Angeles (+180) at Nashville (+125), 8:30 p.m.
  • Houston Dynamo (+220) at San Jose Earthquakes (-105), 9:30 p.m.
  • Kansas City (+320) at Real Salt Lake (-135), 9:30 p.m.
  • Vancouver Whitecaps (+350) at Portland Timbers (-160), 10:30 p.m.

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