MLS Picks: Betting Advice for Week 32

MLS Picks: Betting Advice for Week 32
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The MLS week 32 is upon us as we edge even closer to the end of the regular season. We have just three game weeks left to go as Austin, Los Angeles FC, Philadelphia Union and Montreal have all now secured a place in the playoffs after recent results.

We’ve put together our betting guide for this weekend’s MLS games

Game of the Week

New York Red Bulls +190 at New York City +125

It’s always one of the biggest games on the MLS calendar when it comes around as New York stands still for the Hudson River Derby. The New York Red Bulls will be on the road this time as they head to Yankee Stadium with just four points separating the two in the Eastern Conference table.

The Red Bulls are ahead in the table, but New York City is the defending MLS Cup champion and has scored more goals (51) than the Red Bulls (47). The Pigeons won the last game between the two in July, on a goal from Valentín Castellanos at the Red Bull Arena.

What's more, from the 23 Hudson River derbies so far, the Red Bulls have won 13, with NYCFC winning seven. The other three games have ended in a tie, but the Red Bulls have scored considerably more than their rivals, with 43 for them and 23 for New York City.

A 2-2 tie is +1300 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Best Bet of the Week

Philadelphia +155 at Atlanta +135

The Philadelphia Union might be at the top of the Eastern Conference, but it heads into its games against Atlanta United as the underdog. 

What's more, it's not like the Union has slowed down since they reached the top of the division, with an astonishing 23 goals scored in their current six-game winning streak. They have also let in only two goals this time and now sit top of the Supporters’ Shield standings for the first time this season, moving ahead of Los Angeles.

Philadelphia also beat Atlanta 4-1 at Subaru Park two weeks ago. Julian Carranza, Mikael Uhre, Daniel Gazdag and Nathan Harriel scored that day, with Andrew Gutman scoring Atlanta's only goal.

Despite the odds, we can’t see Philadelphia losing in its current form.

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Team of Last Week

Seattle Sounders

It’s been a crazy season for Seattle. It still sits outside of the playoff spots with just a few games remaining and it has now recorded 12 wins in 30 games after the sensational victory against Austin last weekend.

The Sounders dominated the game from start to finish and restricted Austin to one shot on goal. Seattle had four shots out of five efforts, scoring three goals in the process. Raul Ruidiaz was the standout player for Seattle, as he scored two goals inside the first half before an own goal sealed a 3-0 win for it.

It was also just the third time this season Seattle has won a game so convincingly, with nine of their 12 victories coming with it scoring under 2.5 goals.

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Player of Last Week

Moussa Djitté, Austin

Moussa Djitté had three shots on goal in the game against Real Salt Lake and scored a goal with all three. It means for the fourth week, we have our player of the week earning this claim through scoring a hat-trick, while Djitté’s three goals in the game also mean he has now scored the first-ever hat-trick in Austin history.

What's more incredible is how the 22-year-old came into the game as a 58th-minute substitute, which also means Djitté becomes the sixth player in MLS history to record a hat-trick after entering as a sub and only the second player to do so after coming on in the 55th minute or later.

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Hardest Game to Call

Nashville +210 at Austin +105

What a spectacle we have in store when Nashville and Austin meet at the Q2 Stadium just two weeks after the 3-0 win for Nashville against Austin at GEODIS Park. 

It's rare that two teams will meet so soon after playing, and given how Nashville won the last game, this has become a tough game to call.  call. 

Austin lost again after losing to Nashville, falling 3-0 to Seattle. It did, however, defeat Real Salt Lake 3-0 soon after, and with Austin defeating Los Angeles FC 4-1 at the end of August, it is still sitting second in the Western Conference.

Nashville tied 1-1 with LA Galaxy last weekend, meaning it is now on an unbeaten run of five games that has seen it score a stunning 15 goals and concede only two. Its excellent run of form and Austin’s topsy-turvy nature makes this one even tougher to call, but as it is on Austin’s home turf, it will be confident in winning.

A tie in this game is +275 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Throw Ins

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

  • Montreal and New England Revs to tie is +240 at BetMGM.
  • Charlotte to beat Chicago 2-0 is +2000 at PointsBet.
  • Federico Bernardeschi to score anytime against Orlando City is +280 at FanDuel.
  • Minnesota to beat Sporting KC 2-1 is +1200 at DraftKings.
  • Three goals in the game between Real Salt Lake and Cincinnati is +295 at Caesars.

Power Rankings

  1. Philadelphia Union ↔
  2. LAFC ↔
  3. Montreal ↔
  4. Dallas ↑
  5. Austin ↓

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

Saturday

  • New York Red Bulls (+190) at New York City (+125), 1 p.m.
  • Philadelphia (+155) at Atlanta (+135), 3:30 p.m.
  • Montreal (+195) at New England (+115), 7:30 p.m.
  • Toronto (+260) at Orlando City (-120), 7:30 p.m.
  • Charlotte (+290) at Chicago Fire (-125), 8 p.m.
  • Minnesota United (+230) at Kansas City (-110), 8:30 p.m.
  • Nashville (+210) at Austin (+105), 9 p.m.
  • Cincinnati (+250) at Real Salt Lake (-115), 9:30 p.m.
  • Seattle Sounders (+130) at Vancouver Whitecaps (+170), 10 p.m.
  • Dallas (+140) at San Jose Earthquakes (+155), 10:30 p.m.
  • Colorado Rapids (+340) at LA Galaxy (-160), 10:30 p.m.

Sunday

  • Portland Timbers (+300) at Columbus Crew (-140), 1 p.m.
  • Inter Miami (+170) at D.C. United (+130), 5 p.m.
  • Houston Dynamo (+850) at Los Angeles (-470), 10:30 p.m.
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