MLS Betting Preview – 02/10/16
MLS Betting Preview – 02/10/16
In our MLS betting preview we look at what could be the best possible bets between the chosen games from this weekends action.
Toronto FC vs DC United
This Eastern Conference clash sees the high flying Toronto take on a DC United side who are vying to secure one of the last remaining playoff places. As the regular season enters its final month, each game and point becomes ever more valuable as the gameweeks begin to run out.
Toronto’s home form has hit a stumbling block of late as they’ve failed to win in their last five matches at the BMO Field, drawing three draws and one loss – only their second home defeat of the season. This dry spell follows and eleven game unbeaten streak which saw them streak into first position in the conference, a position they still hold albeit by the fine margin of one point. A defeat in this one could see them overtaken by both New York sides and would mean they drop to third place and their hopes of an automatic playoff berth just about clinging on. There is good news for the Canadian side as star man Sebastian Giovinco could make his return after over a month out with an injury, providing a huge boost as they look to build momentum for the knockout rounds of the competition. Jose Altidore has stepped up in Giovinco’s absence as his tallies for the season now sit at a healthy eight goals and four assists, alleviating some of the pressure on the diminutive Italian.
DC United travel across the border in hope rather than expectation. The team from the capital have no away wins in nine games and have managed just one away win all season but the sheer number of draws they’ve picked up on the road have ensure they still have a chance at a playoff position, eight in total. Goals have been a real problem for Ben Olsen’s side as they lack a real talisman but they traded 24 year old striker Patrick Mullins from NYCFC in July and he’s been nothing short of a revelation. The American has registered an impressive seven goals in his twelve appearances for United, playing a key role in his new team’s surge up the table. DC are the fallen giants of the league, they’ve not won the MLS Cup since 2004 putting an end to a golden era for the club when they won the title four times in eight years. Both teams played midweek so we could see some tired legs on both sides but DC in particular have been ravaged by injuries. This, matched with the small rosters in the league, make squad rotation very difficult especially as the season draws to a close. DC have been somewhat of a bogey side for Toronto, they’ve beaten them five out of the last times the sides have met at BMO Field and they’ve only lost once since July. An upset could well be on the cards.
Both Teams to Score: (Best priced at 7/10 with Bet365) – BET HERE
DC United or Draw: (Best Priced at 13/10 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Correct Score 1-1: (Best Priced at 7/1 with Betstars) – BET HERE
FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy
This top of the table Western Conference clash could play a key role in what team will top the division as third placed Galaxy look to reel in first placed Dallas who currently sit on a five point advantage.
FC Dallas were the team to beat in the MLS a couple of weeks ago but a run of three games without a win, although not disastrous, has certainly burst their bubble. This run has followed on from their first home defeat since August 2015, which they suffered at the hands of the Colorado Rapids at the beginning of the month. This game also ended another club record run of scoring in home games, they hadn’t been shutout at the Toyota Stadium since May 2015 until Tim Howard managed to keep a clean sheet there. Despite the fact their form has dipped recently, their home record is certainly not to be ignored. They have the best home goal difference in the MLS, sitting at a healthy plus nineteen and they’ve won two of their last three home matches against the Galaxy which will provide their fans with hope of defeating the free spending ‘Galaxicos’.
LA Galaxy’s roster is back to full strength for this fixture. Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Jelle Van Damme have all returned from injuries and will be fresh as a result of their layoffs. In a league where away points are very hard to come by due to the sheer variety in conditions and distance from team to team, Bruce Arena’s men have a record to be proud of. They’ve lost just one in eight on the road and have the best goal difference when playing away from home, +1. Goals and Galaxy go hand in hand. Giovani dos Santos and Robbie Keane are easily the best strike duo in the conference, rivalled only by Giovinco and Altidore across both divisions. Sitting on fourteen and ten goals respectively, they have received good service from the midfield with Steven Gerrard supplying eleven assists in his rookie MLS season. The return of Landon Donovan will only bolster their attack further, providing multiple options for most match scenarios. Overall the result of this one is very tough to call and it could go either way.
LA Galaxy to lead at any time: (Best Priced at 13/10 with BetVictor) – BET HERE
Robbie Keane to score anytime: (Best Priced at 2/1 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 6/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE
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