Atlanta United finish the regular season off with a home game against fellow Eastern Conference side New England Revolution and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes have already booked their place in the post-season, but they will want to finish off in style here in front of their own fans.
Atlanta have won 11 of their last 13 in MLS at home, with nine of those wins seeing over 1.5 goals. I think Atlanta to beat New England with over 1.5 goals in the match is a solid looking bet at odds of 1.62.
Similarly, to Atlanta, DC United have their place in the post-season booked, but they have an opportunity here to finish the regular season in style with a home match against FC Cincinnati who have been poor all season to say the least.
Cincinnati have won just once in their last 13 MLS games, and I would be very surprised to see them take something from their trip to the capital. DC will exploit their season-long defensive vulnerabilities and it should be a comfortable win for Ben Olsen’s side.
FC Dallas occupy the final play-off spot in the Western Conference heading into the final weekend in MLS. They host Sporting Kansas City (Who’s season is over) on Sunday, and they know that a win will guarantee their place in the play-offs.
Dallas have won two of their last three meetings with SKC and they know how big a win here will be. The Texan side’s form at home is excellent having only lost once in their last 16 games at the Toyota Stadium. They have won three of their last four there and should find the win to extend their season past this weekend.
Portland Timbers vs the San Jose Earthquakes is a huge game this weekend in terms of the Western Conference play-off picture. The Timbers currently sit in sixth, whereas the Earthquakes are positioned in 8th, just outside of the play-off places. A Portland win or draw will guarantee themselves a spot in the post-season, however if San Jose can win, they could potentially leapfrog their opponents. This game is balanced perfectly and should be thrilling for the neutrals.
I am expecting goals in this match, despite the implications. Both sides are averaging around the three goals a game mark and they both really need a goal in this game. 7 of San Jose’s last 9 matches on the road have seen over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring and I think that is another good bet here.
Toronto host Columbus Crew in a bit of a nothing game as the fate of both sides has already been decided. Toronto will take part in the play-offs, whereas Columbus will be thinking about how to improve next season and this has been a poor one by their standards.
TFC are extremely strong at home and they have managed to score in 23 of their last 24 outings at BMO Field. They have also managed to score at least twice in six of their last eight at home. Columbus Crew have conceded at least once in their last 15 away consecutively, therefore I think it’s a given that Toronto will find at least a couple of goals on Sunday night.