MLS Picks: Predictions, Best Bets & Analysis for this Weekend's Action

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MLS Picks: Predictions, Best Bets & Analysis for this Weekend's Action

Following on from some incredible results during the week, Major League Soccer action carries on this weekend for the final set of fixtures before another installment of the Leagues Cup.

Once again, here are our MLS soccer betting picks for the weekend.

  • Daniel Gazdag to score and Philadelphia to beat New York City is +236 with DraftKings Sportsbook
  • New England to beat D.C. United and Gustavo Bou to score anytime is +145 with Unibet Sportsbook
  • Montreal and Charlotte to tie is +240 with Caesars Sportsbook
  • Cincinnati to beat Nashville and under 2.5 goals is +310 with BetMGM Sportsbook
  • A tie between Atlanta and Orlando is +250 with Unibet Sportsbook
  • Carlos Vela to score first and LAFC to beat Minnesota is +784 with FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Chicago to beat Toronto, under 2.5 goals and both teams not to score is +286 with FanDuel Sportsbook
  • St. Louis to beat Inter Miami 3-0 is +1100 with DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Under 2.5 goals between Houston and Colorado is -110 with BetMGM Sportsbook
  • Real Salt Lake to beat New York Red Bulls 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 is +260 with FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Kansas and Austin to tie 1-1 is +600 with Unibet Sportsbook
  • Columbus to beat Portland, under 2.5 goals and make a shutout is +702 with DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Vancouver Whitecaps to beat LA Galaxy and both teams to score is +190 with DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Seattle to beat Dallas 2-0 is +700 with Caesars Sportsbook

New York City (+290) at Philadelphia Union (-120) 

Just over five weeks since a 3-1 win at New York City, Philadelphia is likely to ease to another win against it this weekend.

Since then, Philadelphia has managed to beat Charlotte, Montreal, Inter Miami and Nashville, while New York has beat only Montreal.

Daniel Gazdag also scored twice that day for the Union, and he now has nine goals this season from 20 games.

D.C. United (+240) at New England Revolution (+100) 

New England Revolution has moved back into second in the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 win over Atlanta United. It has also already won at D.C. United this season by the same scoreline, as Gustavo Bou netted another goal.

We think it should be another routine win for the Revs with D.C. winning just two of the last five games.

Charlotte (+220) at Montreal (+105) 

Two of the most inconsistent teams in MLS this season meet here, as Charlotte and Montreal come into the match having only won consecutive games once each.

In fact, Monreal has now lost three in a row after defeats to New York, Atlanta and Chicago. Charlotte is also winless in the last seven games and has tied in the past five matches.

We think another tie is in order here.


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Nashville (+300) at Cincinnati (-115) 

It's the biggest game of the Eastern Conference season when third meet with first place in Ohio. Currently, Cincinnati is 10 points above Nashville in the table, and a win here would be its biggest step toward the Supporters' Shield trophy so far.

Nashville has slipped away in recent weeks, losing to Montreal, Columbus Crew, Chicago and Philadelphia in the past five games, beating only D.C.

This week, Cincinnati won at New York Red Bulls, but it is facing the best defense in the league this weekend. With this in mind, we expect a low-scoring win.

Orlando City (+230) at Atlanta United (+100) 

After a 1-1 tie between Orlando City and Atlanta United back in May, not much has really changed. Both still struggle to win games on a consistent basis, and the two teams are right next to one another in the table and separated by one point.

With 41 goals scored and 37 let in, Atlanta is one point above Orlando. However, given how close things are between the two, we think another tie happens here.

Los Angeles (+150) at Minnesota United (+150) 

Los Angeles has rocketed itself back into second place in the Western Conference after registering its best win of the season when it defeated first-placed St. Louis City 3-0.

Carlos Vela scored once more that day and although Minnesota United achieved one of the shocks of the season by winning 3-0 at Houston Dynamo, we don’t expect this form to continue.

The Loons still sit down in 10th in the Western Conference, and in all seven of their wins this year, only once have they won the following game.

Toronto (+390) at Chicago Fire (-160) 

Another week has passed which also means another week has gone by where Toronto has failed to win a game. It's now been eight matches since it beat D.C. back at the end of May and it sits with only three victories this year and 10 losses.

During this period, Chicago has gradually moved up the league table and reignited its playoff hopes after winning four of the past five games by defeating Sporting Kansas City, Portland Timbers, Nashville and Montreal.

It has also let in just two goals in the past five games.

Inter Miami (+450) at St. Louis City (-200) 

Last place in the Eastern Conference takes on first place from the Western table, and with Lionel Messi not set to make his debut until next week, we fail to see how Inter Miami has any chance of beating St. Louis.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will, however, be unveiled this weekend during halftime of the Gold Cup final between Panama and Mexico.

Houston Dynamo (+210) at Colorado Rapids (+110) 

For just the second time this year, Houston lost at home when it was defeated 3-0 by Minnesota on Wednesday. 

It will still have a chance of beating Colorado Rapids, as it sits in last place of the Western Conference with just 16 goals scored from 22 games - no side has scored fewer goals.

Houston has been poor away from home, however, so we expect a low-scoring match in what is a tough one to call.

New York Red Bulls (+270) at Real Salt Lake (-115) 

Real Salt Lake extended its unbeaten run to nine games after a 2-2 tie at Kansas, meaning it is the only MLS side to avoid a loss in the past six weeks.

At home and against a New York Red Bulls team that has won only one game away from the Red Bull Arena this season, we expect another win for Salt Lake.

Sporting Kansas City (+200) at Austin (+110) 

It's a tough game to call when Austin and Kansas meet, as both have scored exactly 30 goals, while Kansas has conceded four more with 34.

The two teams continue to struggle to win consecutive games, and after a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps just one week on from winning 4-1 at Minnesota, we fail to see how it wins here.

Kansas tied with Salt Lake last time out, and we think it ties this one too.

Columbus Crew (+200) at Portland Timbers (+110) 

Portland has scored only 23 goals this year, and with only five wins so far, only those in the bottom four of the overall table have won fewer matches.

At the same time, Columbus Crew has scored at least one goal in its last 13 MLS games, and it has now scored the most goals in MLS with 43 from 22 outings.

We expect the Crew to upset the odds in this one.

LA Galaxy (+300) at Vancouver Whitecaps (-140) 

After a fantastic 3-1 win against Philadelphia, LA Galaxy has now avoided a defeat in the past six MLS games. Nevertheless, it has only won one game outside of Los Angeles this MLS season.

Vancouver is perhaps the most inconsistent team this year, however, as it has won seven games, lost seven matches and registered a tie in the other seven fixtures.

With this in mind, the Galaxy should at least score.

Dallas (+420) at Seattle Sounders (-160)

After a terrible run of form, this should be an easy win for Seattle Sounders.

It has still only lost two games on its home field this year, while Dallas has one of the worst away records in MLS right now. 

We expect a comfortable win for the Sounders.

MLS Weekend Schedule
Aug 24th
12:00am
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Away
Minnesota United Minnesota United MNU
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Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders FC SOU
7:30pm
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
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Los Angeles Football Club Los Angeles Football Club LAF
7:30pm
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Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union PHI
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Columbus Crew Columbus Crew CLB
7:30pm
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New York City FC New York City FC NYC
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Chicago Fire Chicago Fire FIR
7:30pm
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CF Montreal CF Montreal MTL
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New England Revolution New England Revolution NER
7:30pm
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Inter Miami CF Inter Miami CF MIA
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FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati CIN
7:30pm
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D.C. United D.C. United DCU
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FC Dallas FC Dallas DAL
7:30pm
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Charlotte FC Charlotte FC CLT
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New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls NYR
8:30pm
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Nashville SC Nashville SC NSH
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Austin FC Austin FC ATX
8:30pm
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Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo HOU
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Toronto FC Toronto FC TOR
8:30pm
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Sporting Kansas City Sporting Kansas City SKC
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Orlando City SC Orlando City SC ORL
9:30pm
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Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake RSL
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San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes SJE
10:30pm
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Portland Timbers Portland Timbers POR
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St. Louis City SC St. Louis City SC STL
10:30pm
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Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles Galaxy GAL
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Atlanta United Atlanta United ATL
Aug 31st
7:30pm
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Orlando City SC Orlando City SC ORL
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Nashville SC Nashville SC NSH
7:30pm
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Charlotte FC Charlotte FC CLT
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Atlanta United Atlanta United ATL
7:30pm
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FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati CIN
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CF Montreal CF Montreal MTL
7:30pm
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Columbus Crew Columbus Crew CLB
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New York City FC New York City FC NYC
7:30pm
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New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls NYR
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Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union PHI
7:30pm
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Toronto FC Toronto FC TOR
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D.C. United D.C. United DCU
8:30pm
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FC Dallas FC Dallas DAL
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Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids RAP
8:30pm
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Chicago Fire Chicago Fire FIR
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Inter Miami CF Inter Miami CF MIA
8:30pm
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Austin FC Austin FC ATX
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
9:30pm
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Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake RSL
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New England Revolution New England Revolution NER
10:30pm
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San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes SJE
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Minnesota United Minnesota United MNU
10:30pm
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Portland Timbers Portland Timbers POR
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Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders FC SOU
10:30pm
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Los Angeles Football Club Los Angeles Football Club LAF
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Houston Dynamo Houston Dynamo HOU
Sep 1st
2:45pm
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Away
St. Louis City SC St. Louis City SC STL
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Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles Galaxy GAL
Sep 7th
7:30pm
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Away
New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls NYR
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Sporting Kansas City Sporting Kansas City SKC
7:30pm
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Draw
Away
New England Revolution New England Revolution NER
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St. Louis City SC St. Louis City SC STL
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