MLS Mid-Week Picks for Week 28
Midweek MLS action is back this Wednesday after another thrilling set of fixtures in Week 27. The L.A. Galaxy and Toronto meet this time around after returning to the win column, while eyes turn to Philadelphia to see what it has in store after consecutive 6-0 victories.
There are 10 games to watch, and here’s our MLS betting advice for the next set of fixtures.
Game of the Week
New York Red Bulls +310 at Montreal -135
It's second place meeting with fourth in the Eastern Conference today that catches our eye with only five points separating Montreal and New York Red Bulls as the two teams meet the Saputo Stadium. Montreal is the favorite to grab all three points, but with the Red Bulls still boasting the third-best defensive record in the Eastern Conference, it's set to be another enticing encounter.
Coach Wilfried Nancy has now guided Montreal to an eight-game unbeaten run, winning six of those games and the last three in a row. This means Montreal is -135 to win the game, but with New York defeating Inter Miami so convincingly over the weekend, it will be confident heading to Canada.
Montreal is the favorite to win, and rightfully so. However, the defensive qualities of the Red Bulls make for a tough game to call in what could be one of the biggest games of the Eastern Conference season so far.
A 2-2 tie is +1200 with FanDuel.
Best Bet of the Week
Los Angeles FC -120 at Houston Dynamo +260
Los Angeles FC is still picking up the pieces of its stunning 4-1 loss to Austin on Saturday. It was just its sixth loss of the season in the MLS and the biggest defeat LAFC has tasted all year.
For bettors, however, this now means the odds for LAFC to beat its next opponent is much lower than it would have been with a win over Austin, as Los Angeles to beat Houston is -120. What's more, Houston is still sitting bottom of the Western Conference with only D.C. United from the Eastern Conference below it in the Supporters' Shield standings.
Houston has lost 15 times already this season, and against an LAFC side with a point to prove after last week, Steve Cherundolo's men could win big.
Los Angeles FC to win 3-0 is +1500 with Caesars.
Team of Last Week
For the second straight week, Philadelphia claims the best team and in doing so, it now sits nine points above the MLS Cup champions in third and five ahead of Montreal in second. Los Angeles FC is still sitting ahead of it in the Supporters' Shield standings, but only by three points.
Philadelphia, also for the second straight week, won a game 6-0 in what was a mauling against Colorado Rapids. The Union had a total of 26 shots in the game compared to Colorado's six, with 14 of their efforts hitting the target. Daniel Gazdag scored three of them, as Matthew Real, Cory Burke, and Julian Carranza all added another goal each.
Such a convincing win for the Union only adds fuel to their quest to win the MLS Cup for the first time ever this November.
Philadelphia to win 2-0 is +750 with Caesars.
Player of the Week
For one of the only times in American soccer history, a team has registered consecutive 6-0 victories as Philadelphia defeated D.C. United by such a scoreline two weeks ago, before doing the same against Colorado.
Carranza was the hero with a hat-trick in the win over D.C. United, but it's Gazdag who takes the MLS Player of the Week award this time with his three goals against Colorado. The Hungarian scored twice from open play before netting a goal from the penalty spot.
It has been a sensational season for Gazdag and it's the second time he has been voted as the player of last week already with us. His recent hat-trick now means he has 16 goals for the season, which is tied with CJ Sapong (2017) for the most by a Philadelphia player in a single season.
Daniel Gazdag to score and Philadelphia to beat Atlanta 2-0, 2-1 Or 3-1 is +480 with Caesars.
Hardest Game to Call
L.A. Galaxy +270 at Toronto -125
A couple of months back, the odds in this game would have been very different. Toronto was battling down at the bottom in the Eastern Conference, but after the acquisition of Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne, it has now rocketed toward the playoffs.
The Galaxy, however, is coming off a promising 2-1 win at New England, which makes it three games without a loss. Los Angeles also has a bunch of games extra to play against Dallas and Nashville just above them in the Western Conference, which means that although it sits seventh in the table, Los Angeles could find itself as high as fourth if it continues to win.
Toronto lost its first game since the Serie A stars moved to Canada, but with an impressive 2-0 victory at Charlotte where both Insigne and Bernardeschi scored a goal each, it is now back in the win column.
It’s a very tough game to call after the results in recent months.
A 1-1 tie in this game is +700 with FanDuel.
These are some other bets worth a look on this week’s schedule:
- New England to beat Chicago 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 is +290 at BetMGM.
- 4-6 goals in the game between Philadelphia and Atlanta is +160 at PointsBet.
- New York City to win 2-0 is +800 at FanDuel.
- Gonzalo Higuain to score first against Columbus is +650 at DraftKings.
- Nashville SC win and over 2.5 goals is +130 at Caesars.
- Philadelphia Union ↑
- LAFC ↓
- Austin ↑
- Montreal ↓
- Minnesota United ↑
This Week’s Schedule with Moneylines (All Times Eastern)
- Atlanta United (+350) at Philadelphia (-160), 7 p.m.
- LA Galaxy (+270) at Toronto (-125), 7:30 p.m.
- New York Red Bulls (+310) at Montreal (-135), 7:30 p.m.
- Chicago Fire (+300) at New England (-135), 7:30 p.m.
- Inter Miami (+340) at Columbus Crew (-155), 7:30 p.m.
- Seattle Sounders (+220) at Orlando City (+110), 7:30 p.m.
- D.C. United (+500) at New York City (-250), 8 p.m.
- Los Angeles FC (-120) at Houston Dynamo (+260), 8:30 p.m.
- Colorado Rapids (+350) at Nashville (-160), 8:30 p.m.
- Portland Timbers (+300) at Austin (-145), 9 p.m.
- Minnesota (+260) at Real Salt Lake (-125), 9:30 p.m.
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