MLS Betting Preview – 16/10/16
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.
Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC
This all-Canadian clash is a key fixture for both teams as we head into the penultimate round of MLS matches and it’s live at 8pm on Sky Sports 3. Montreal can no longer finish in the top two so will be looking to finish the season strong to get up some good momentum heading into the playoffs. While Toronto are still in with a chance at topping the conference but can’t afford to drop any points as they’re two points behind the two New York sides.
Montreal ended a run of four home games without a win last time out with a convincing 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Although they sit fourth in the table, Impact’s playoff berth is far from secure. They have 44 points but seventh placed New England Revolution have 39 which means this fixture could secure them post-season competition or turn their last match into an all or nothing virtual cup final against the Revolution and those kind of games are notoriously unpredictable. Mauro Biello’s men will be confident of picking up a win here as it was less than two months ago they picked up a win against their national rivals on the road, a solid 1-0 win with talisman Ignacio Piatti getting the winner. Piatti has been on fire this season with a tally of 15 which puts him joint sixth in the Golden Boot race, one goal behind Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco. With Didier Drogba up front they’re always a threat going forward and they’ve only failed to score twice in their last eighteen league fixtures home and away so we could be in for a goal fest.
Toronto’s form this season has been somewhat inconsistent, largely due to star man Sebastian Giovinco picking up numerous injuries. The diminutive Italian has only played seven games since July and of those games his side won five, drew one and lost one. Since his last appearance Toronto have played five times, winning just one, drawing three and losing one which just goes to show how key he is to their system. Jose Altidore is the man often tasked with replacing him and he’s had a solid season registering nine goals but most of these came when the two played together. But the good news for the Reds is that Giovinco looks set to return this weekend and could well be in the starting eleven following the MLS’s two week break. In all eight of Toronto’s most recent away games both teams have scored and six have had over 2.5 goals and with Montreal’s home scoring record and Toronto’s ability to find the net on the road goals look highly likely.
Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 8/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Ignacio Piatti anytime goalscorer: (Best Priced at 7/4 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score: (Best Priced at 19/20 with Coral) – BET HERE
DC United vs New York City FC
Both teams head into this one with their sights fixed on the playoffs. A point for DC United would be enough to secure a top six finish while New York City will want all three points as they look to finish above city rivals the Red Bulls after securing a first ever post season for the club. The two sides are relatively local, it’s just a four hour drive from New York to the capital, one of the shortest distances between two clubs in the MLS.
DC will come into this one confident of upsetting the richest side in the MLS as they head into this game unbeaten in their last eight home matches. United were largely written off at the halfway point of the season as they languished near the bottom of the table but some midseason signings have transformed their fortunes. Struggling to score goals, they secured the services of striker Patrick Mullins from New York City themselves and he’s repaid the faith in him shown by DC boss Ben Olsen with seven goals in thirteen matches. He goes up against his former club in this fixture and he’ll have a point to prove after he was knocked down the pecking order and fell out of favour with Patrick Viera. DC haven’t won the MLS Cup since 2004, their last piece of silverware following an eight year spell when they won it four times in eight years and although it will be too much of a push this season, they are certainly building the foundations for a title charge within the next three seasons. After beating Toronto on the road last time out an upset could well be on the cards. DC games also bring goals, the last seven having over 2.5 and in eight out of nine both teams have scored.
New York City FC finally put a torrid run of five away games on the bounce without a victory to an end last time out with an impressive 2-0 victory at Houston Dynamo. City were pushed all the way in the reverse fixture at the start of the September as New York came out 3-2 winners thanks to a 93rd minute Frank Lampard winner but they’ll likely be without the Chelsea legend for this one after he picked up a calf strain in mid-September. David Villa has been one of the players of the season in the MLS, he’s joint top scorer with 21 goals and the 34 year old has played a key role in securing a first ever playoff for his club which of course is only it’s second season. No team has been truly dominant this season and Patrick Viera will see no reason why his team can’t go all the way and become the first side to win the MLS Cup in their first ever playoff campaign and he’lll be keen to pick up wins in the final two regular season matches so they can head into them with a real head of steam.
New York City or draw: (Best Priced at 3/4 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Patrick Mullins anytime goalscorer: (Best Priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
New York City to win and both teams to score: (Best Priced at 9/2 with Bet365) – BET HERE
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