Another weekend of Major League Soccer action is upon us and as usual there’s no shortage of stories and
and plot lines to draw. There is a heavyweight clash between the New York Red Bulls and the LA Galaxy on Saturday, with Toronto FC travelling to Florida. There is plenty to draw the eye. Here are four tips for the weekend.
Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Friday 3 May
The Colorado Rapids have suffered a dreadful start to the 2019 MLS season, taking just two points from their opening nine games. It was therefore unsurprising that Anthony Hudson was dismissed as head coach during the week, with former American soccer stalwart Conor Casey taking over as interim boss for the time-being.
The Vancouver Whitecaps aren’t in the best shape either, though. Indeed, the Caps have failed to win three of their last five away games. Vancouver are struggling badly for goals at the moment. Only twice have they scored more than once in a single game this season and that was in defeats to Minnesota United and the Houston Dynamo. Don’t count on many goals in this game between two struggling sides.
1u - Back Under 1.5 Goals @ +360
New York Red Bulls v LA Galaxy
Red Bull Arena, Saturday 4 May
With just eight points from their opening eight games, it’s fair to say that the New York Red Bulls could have made a better start to their 2019 MLS campaign. However, the Harrison outfit now face the second game of a three-match home streak, of which they won the first one against FC Cincinnati last weekend. They can make amends over this run.
However, the LA Galaxy have won six of their last seven matches. They have also scored at least twice in six of those last seven, but much of that is down to the Galaxy’s home form, which is unblemished in 2019. The Galaxy’s free-scoring form is offset with their record of under 2.5 goals scored in their last three away games.
1u - Back New York Red Bulls Win @ +105
Orlando City v Toronto FC
Orlando City Stadium, Saturday 4 May
There were many questions asked of these two teams ahead of the 2019 MLS season. Both have responded well, though, with Orlando City winning two, drawing one and losing just one of their last four games. Meanwhile, Toronto FC are among the top scorers in the division, averaging 2.7 goals per game.
TFC’s away record isn’t the best, though, losing five of their last six games. Orlando City managed to concede three at home to the struggling Colorado Rapids just a few weeks ago and the visiting Canadians certainly have the firepower, even without Jozy Altidore, to put the Floridians to the sword this weekend.
1.25u - Back Toronto FC to score 2+ Goals @ +114
Los Angeles FC v Chicago Fire
Banc of California Stadium, Saturday 4 May
Bob Bradley’s Los Angeles FC remain the pace-setters at the top of the Western Conference even after last week’s draw away to the Seattle Sounders. Indeed, the Californians have won their last five games at home, scoring at least twice in each of their last nine outings at Banc of California Stadium.
There isn’t much hope for the Chicago Fire, who have failed to win in their last 16 away games in MLS. Banc of California Stadium has been the place for entertainment in the league this season, with over 2.5 total goals in seven of LAFC’s last eight home matches. There’s no reason to believe that run will end this weekend.
1.5u - Back Over 2.5 Goals @ -208