MLS Betting Preview – 28/08/16
MLS Betting Preview – 28/08/16
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 v Montreal Impact
This all Canadian match-up sees the high flying Toronto FC play host to a Montreal Impact side who are looking to secure their place in the playoff positions and put themselves out of the reach of their rivals. It also sees two of the most exciting players in the league go head-to-head as Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco and Montreal’s Ignacia Piatti, who have twenty nine goals between them this season, will be looking to outshine one another and win the bragging rights for their side.
Greg Vanney’s Toronto side have been unbeatable at the BMO Field of late and are now eleven games without a loss on their home field, winning their last five while scoring thirteen and conceding just two. If they can stretch this run to six games it will see them close the gap on first placed New York City to just one point and possess a game in hand over Patrick Viera’s side. There’s no doubt that Toronto are a completely different side when MLS top scorer Giovinco is firing on all cylinders. The team’s worst spell of the season coincided with the Italian’s nine game goal drought which many blamed on Conte overlooking him for the Italian squad for the Euros. But since getting over this disappointment the ‘Atomic Ant’ has embarked on an incredible scoring run, finding the net eight in his last six matches taking his season totals to an impressive sixteen goals and eleven assists, cementing his position as the best player in the league. Toronto have never lost to their country rivals at home, winning three and drawing three, which makes for grim reading for any Impact fans looking to make the ten hour round trip to support their side, a relatively short distance for an MLS fan.Toronto’s home scoring record is also something to be admired as they’ve only failed to score in one match in front of their home support and it’s unlikely that number will double following this one.
Montreal Impact come into this fixture looking to nail on a position in the top six in the Eastern Conference to progress into the post-season playoffs. However, their away form this season has left a lot to be desired as Mauro Biello’s side have failed to pick up a single win in their last eight fixtures on the road, keeping just one clean sheet along the way. The Impact do, however, possess a constant goal threat wherever they play in the prolific Ignacio Piatti who’s scored thirteen times this season putting him fourth in the Golden Boot race. Their most famous player without a doubt is Chelsea legend Dider Drogba who’s picked up eight goals this term, not bad for a thirty eight year old, and these goals have often saved his side valuable points which have put his side in a position to finish in the top six. It’ll be a very tough ask for them to get any kind of result out of a Toronto side who are on an incredible run of form that doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon. Goals seem likely in this one as both sides are playing on Thursday so tired legs could well lead to an open and stretched game, but there’s only one form team in this match up.
Toronto FC to win: (Best Priced at 8/11 with Ladbrokes) – BET HERE
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 23/20 with Coral) – BET HERE
Giovinco to score anytime: (Best Priced at 19/20 with Ladbrokes) – BET HERE
New York Red Bulls v New England Revolution
This Eastern Conference fixture is a relative derby match in MLS terms as, at a mere four hour drive away, the New York side are the Revolution’s nearest competitors.
Jesse Marsch’s Red Bulls come into this one with a full set of fresh legs as they have no midweek fixture, as the league schedule gets busier with games in hand being settled. New York’s oldest MLS side currently sit in a strong third position and a victory here could see them close the gap on first placed New York City to just one point, should results go their way, so there’s plenty of incentive as they look to prevent their city rivals finishing above them for the first time. They are currently on a run of eleven games unbeaten in all competitions and they have only lost twice at their home ground this season, with the last defeat at the Red Bull Arena happening way back in April. A large part of their high flying season is the form of Bradley Wright-Phillips. The former Charlton man has fifteen MLS goals this season which puts him level with Spanish legend David Villa in the Golden Boots standings and has now scored sixty goals in ninety nine appearances since joining the outfit back in 2013. The hardcore support the Red Bulls receive is arguably the best in the league as three separate fan groups come together on match days to create Tifos and an crackling atmosphere which has propelled their side to scoring twenty six goals in their twelve home games this season, the best in the league by a margin. It will take an immense performance from any MLS side to inflict a third home defeat on the Red Bulls before the season ends.
Unlike the Red Bulls, New England do have a midweek fixture which sees them face the San Jose Earthquakes on the West Coast. This will see them make a five hour overnight flight immediately after this match, far from ideal preparation to face one of the strongest teams in the MLS. The Revolution are in a real scrap to secure a playoff place as they currently occupy eighth spot, just two points off a fabled top six finish. Wins are of even more importance as all of their rivals have a game in hand over them so every point is vital if they are to avoid a highly disappointing season. However, with just one away win all season to their name as they face one of the strongest home sides it looks as though a playoff place could slowly slip from their grasp. It’s been an anti-climatic season after three consecutive playoff finishes and key reason for this seasons failings can be put down to the failure of Jay Heaps to bring in a quality striker as no player in their squad has scored more than five goals this season. Many fans also cite the departure of USMNT star Jermaine Jones at the end of last season as another contributing factor. A move which left a bitter taste in many fans mouths as it was the club who failed to agree a new contract with the former Schalke man who was a mainstay in their side last term. Expect goals in this one, New England’s away games have had the most number of goals in, forty three, than any other MLS team. It’s hard to see any other outcome than a Red Bulls win here which could put yet another nail in the coffin of New England’s playoff ambitions.
New York Red Bulls to win: (Best Priced at 8/13 with BetVictor) – BET HERE
Over 3.5 goals: (Best Priced at 6/4 with Sky Bet) – BET HERE
Bradley Wright Phillips anytime: (Best Priced at 10/11 with Ladbrokes) – BET HERE
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