01:00 Thursday

Chicago Fire vs Philadelphia Union

Top of the Eastern Conference Philly head to bottom of the conference Chicago here with one notable absence in their squad and are somehow an outsider to pick up the win. Explain that to me! Chicago have won once in the last three months. ONCE.

That came in a 1-0 win over DC United by the way, the side directly above them in the table in 13th. Chicago have the worst goalscoring record on this side of the draw, averaging less than a goal a game, and are the worst home side in the league, collecting just nine points from seven games.

In the same period, Philly have lost just twice and they come into this game unbeaten in six. They're top of the pile in this side of the league and boast the 2nd best defence in the league as well. They've lost one of their last six meetings with Fire with both games last season ending in a draw. The visitors are massively overpriced in this one and I’ve taken the relatively safe move of backing them simply to get something out of the game.

03:30 Thursday

LA Galaxy vs Minnesota

A chance for LA Galaxy to bump themselves up to fourth in the Western Conference with a win here over Minnesota, but things haven't quite been going Galaxy's way in their last few games. Here at home they've shared a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers and since then have been knocked out of the cup by lower league Sacramento, so this is a chance to get back to winning ways.

Decent goalscorers here on home soil, failing to find the net just once here this season, but also failing to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six at Dignity Health Sports Park, and they welcome a Minnesota side who could do with a few points to their name.

The visitors have been full of goals lately on the road, this being their third away game in succession after 2-1 losses at both Inter Miami and New England Revolution in their last few games. Each of their last four on the road have seen both teams find the net and at least three goals in the game and their last meeting here in LA was a thriller with Galaxy coming from behind twice to seal a 3-3 draw.

03:30 Thursday

Los Angeles FC vs FC Dallas

Topping the Western Conference with a four-point advantage over Real Salt Lake in 2nd place and this is a big chance here to stretch that lead. Bolstered by the signing of Gareth Bale this week, who won't be playing as he's not technically arrived in California as of yet, Steve Cherundolo's side come into this after a decent performance last time out against NYRB with goals from Arango and Palacios to seal another three points. They're a tough side to beat here on home soil and while they have a couple of absences at the moment, none are concerning enough for me to step away from this bet.

They face a Dallas side who had a decent start to the season but have struggled somewhat in recent games. They've managed just one win in their last five games and have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six on the road, and they should struggle with the LA firepower, as they have in each of their last two visits here, losing 2-0 on both occasions.