MLS Wednesday

Tonight we are in luck as there are five matches taking place. It should be a fun evening and we will preview all of the games. Additionally, we will give you one bet we like from each:

Chicago Fire @ New York City

New York City’s start to their season has been interesting to say the least with 5/7 matches ending in a draw, two of them ending at 0-0. On Sunday, they picked up their first victory with a 2-0 win against D.C. United– a very impressive win not many expected.

While New York is undoubtedly the better team in this matchup, the Fire is the team we need to figure out for betting purposes. They are on a four-match unbeaten streak and have yet to be shutout this year. They appear to be riding some positive momentum after a strong offensive effort versus Colorado on Saturday. Jeremiah Gutjahr from the Fire had some positive things to say:

“We’ve been working really hard. We talk about staying positive and trusting the process throughout the ride. We’ve had a lot of games where we’ve had chances, and we haven’t always been able to put them away. We know we have the guys, the talent, so being able to put four in a game, I think that just shows that we’ve got it in us and we can keep moving forward and hopefully keep picking up good wins like that.”

Both teams to score @ 1.70

DC United @ Columbus Crew

After a disappointing 0-2 defeat to New York, DC has a quick turnaround as they come in as a heavy road underdog to the Columbus Crew. This game features a contrast in styles with DC United having a very strong attack led by Wayne Rooney but a defense that has shown themselves to be the opposite. Columbus is quite the opposite, having one of the stronger defenses but some inconsistency on their attack. If Columbus can show a stronger effort, they can get back to their winning ways. If they get the lead, do not expect them to give it up easily.

This game simply comes down to the Crew making the most out of their opportunities. Coming back home should help as DC United has not won in Columbus in over 11 years with their last win coming in August of 2007. Since then, the Crew has won 8 of 11 at home versus DC United outscoring them 22-5. From a betting standpoint, I do not like this game very much, I respect both sides and their strengths. However, if things go wrong for DC, expect it to be early and ugly as they have shown in their losses this season.

Columbus Crew HT/FT @ 2.50

Impact Montreal @ New England Revolution

This game features two teams struggling to find the back of the net. So far, New England has only scored 6 goals in 8 games and Montreal only 8 goals in 8 games. Both teams have had a pretty uneventful season but both teams are trending in opposite directions in terms of momentum. First,  Montreal is missing Ignacio Piatti. In the last five games, they have only scored two goals and have looked terrible offensively. Coach Remi Garde was quoted saying: “I won’t understate the absence of our best player,”

New England has some positive momentum to build off of after Saturday’s win over the Red Bulls. Head coach Brad Friedel showed optimism and hinted at more to come, “We had a lot of chances again, we had enough chances to score three of four goals on the day,”

Revolution to win @ 1.95

LA Galaxy @ Minnesota United

In what should be a fun matchup features two of the higher scoring teams in MLS. Winners of 6/7 games, the Galaxy now face Minnesota United who are welcoming back defender Ike Opara and midfielder Miguel Ibarra. While LA has no doubt had a stronger start to the season, Minnesota should not be underestimated scoring 17 goals already (3rd most in MLS). However they have also conceded 15 goals, and have had a weak defense early on this season. Obviously, this game should be fun, but odds-wise it is tough to find value for goals. With Minnesota likely to concede goals, all eyes will be on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He scored his seventh goal of the season (over half of LA’s team total) and is on an unstoppable run. While this game is hard to predict from a team standpoint, expect the Zlatan show to continue.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic anytime goal @ 1.90

San Jose Earthquakes @ Seattle Sounders

The final game of the evening should also be an interesting one with the always exciting Seattle Sounders team facing off against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Sounders suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, losing 4-1 to LAFC. Tonight they have a great bounce-back spot to get back in the win column. However, San Jose should not be taken lightly as they have scored 8 goals in the last three games. From a betting perspective, I respect San Jose enough to score, but tonight it is hard to deny the Sounders and their motivation to bounce back: “You look at film a little bit deeper when you lose because there are obviously a ton of errors on our side, on our part, things that we can get better on,’’ midfielder Cristian Roldan said. “When we win, you kind of lose sight of what we can get better at because we’re gaining three points and because we won the game.’’ Positive quotes coming from Seattle. It feels like a 2-1, or 3-1 type of game here.

Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to score @ 2.15

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