MLS Picks - Matchweek: 7
Another weekend of Major League Soccer action is upon us and as usual there’s no shortage of stories and plot lines to draw. Los Angeles FC are threatening to run away with the regular season, while Atlanta United continue to struggle. Here are four tips for this weekend’s games.
BBVA Compass Stadium, Saturday April 13
Until last week, the San Jose Earthquakes had suffered a dreadful start to the 2019 MLS season. The Californian side had lost four from four and in some style, too, conceding 14 times. However, the Quakes claimed an emphatic 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers last time out. Maybe Matias Almeyda’s methods and ways are finally starting to get through to his players.
San Jose have lost their last six matches on the road, though. They have also conceded at least twice in each of those six away games. Meanwhile, the Houston Dynamo, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven MLS matches. There could well be goals in this game and most of them might be struck by the hosts.
0.75u - Back Houston Dynamo To Score 2+ Goals @ -225
CenturyLink Field, Saturday April 13
This is one of the headline fixtures in MLS this weekend, with the Seattle Sounders winning four of the five games they have played so far this season and Toronto FC sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference. Indeed, there will be a great deal of quality on show at CenturyLink Field this weekend with both teams benefiting from the impact of new/returning players - Jordan Morris for Seattle, Alejandro Pozeulo for TFC.
The Sounders are a strong proposition at home, winning their last seven games in front of their own supporters. Seattle have also been winning at half time and full time in five of their last seven home matches. Toronto FC are undefeated in their last five, but the Sounders are a good bet for three points on Saturday.
1u - Back Seattle Sounders Win @ -120
Gillette Stadium, Saturday April 13
What is going on at Atlanta United? With four games played of the 2019 season, the defending MLS Cup champions find themselves at the foot of the Eastern Conference. While Tata Martino’s side were the most exciting in North America, Frank de Boer’s outfit are ponderous, even boring at times. The different is quite stark.
The New England Revolution haven’t been much better. They too are struggling to score goals, converting just five times from 54 shots this season. Atlanta United are also having problems in the attacking third, drawing a blank in each of their last four away games. There have been under 2.5 total goals scored in Atlanta’s last six MLS goals. They have scored just twice all season.
2u - Back Under 2.5 Total Goals @ +114
Banc of California Stadium, Sunday April 14
With five wins and a draw from six games, Los Angeles FC look like the real deal in MLS this season. They have scored, by far, the most goals of all the times in the league so far and have already blown away a number of opposition sides, including DC United on the road last weekend. They are early frontrunners for the 2019 MLS Cup.
LAFC are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 MLS home games. They have also scored two or more goals in each of their last seven league games at Banc of California Stadium. FC Cincinnati will put up a fight, though. They showed against Sporting KC last week that they can stop a firing frontline, so LAFC might not have it all their own way.
1u - Back Los Angeles FC to Score 3+ Goals @ +105