NYCFC are in a rich vein of form after back-to-back victories and they will be looking to make it three on the trot as Orlando City travel to Yankee Stadium. Orlando’s form has been up and down, but they have had a reasonably good start to the season compared with other years.
From this fixture, you’d have to fancy New York City FC to continue their good form with a third victory on the spin.
Despite a recent win against Columbus Crew, the Portland Timbers have had nothing to shout about so far this season. Prior to the win last time out, they had been beaten five times in succession. Toronto have had a much better start to year and they’re proving to be extremely strong at BMO Field.
TFC have scored 13 goals during their first four home games and ended up winning three of them. I’d expect them to take three points against Portland in a game that will see several goals.
San Jose Earthquakes may take some confidence with them to Dallas after coming away with a point from Seattle, but who knows after they blew a two-goal advantage.
FC Dallas are one of the strongest teams at home in Major League Soccer. They’re readying to take on an Earthquakes side who have lost seven of their last eight on the road. Six of those defeats included over 2.5 goals, so Dallas to win and over 2.5 goals looks a very good bet.
Avoiding goals is looking like the best value bet from Saturday’s game in Vancouver. 6/8 of the Whitecaps matches so far have seen under three goals, including their last five on the bounce. It makes similar reading for Philadelphia as 100% of their away games in 2019 has seen under 2.5.
Atlanta United vs Colorado Rapids
Reigning MLS champs Atlanta United currently find themselves rock-bottom of the Eastern Conference. This is looking like a must-win fixture for Frank de Boer, even at this early stage of the season.
It has been a disastrous start to the year but they’re about to take on a Colorado Rapids team who are the worst in the league and they don’t travel well at all, and that’s putting it lightly. I’m expecting Atlanta to put a few goals past the Rapids and regain some much-needed confidence in the process.
The New York Red Bulls were so dominant in 2018 during the regular season, but they have began this year in poor fashion. They haven’t tasted victory since their first home game of the season, and they’re now on a run of four defeats in their last five.
Despite this poor run of form, the Red Bulls should have enough to beat new-boys FC Cincinnati who have been brought back down to earth after a good start to their first campaign.
Houston Dynamo’s last outing was a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of the LA Galaxy. Incredibly, that was there 11th game in succession that has seen both teams score. They have no trouble scoring goals, but they also like to give their opponents a helping hand.
The Dynamo’s last nine games at BBVA Compass Stadium has seen both teams to score land, so I’d suggest that you back Columbus Crew to join in with the goalscoring on Saturday.
Sporting Kansas City are back on home soil this weekend after taking an unexpected heavy beating against San Jose Earthquakes last time out – Kansas City had previously been on a run of five games without defeat.
You simply have to worry about the New England Revolution going into this fixture. The Revs have only won once in their last 18 matches on the road, losing six of their last seven away. It should be a comfortable win for Sporting KC at Children’s Mercy Park this weekend.
New York City FC – Win @ 1.60
Toronto to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.90
FC Dallas to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.83
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Philadelphia Union – Under 2.5 goals @ 2.10
Atlanta United to score 3+ goals @ 2.10
New York Red Bulls – Win @ 1.50
Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew – Both Teams to Score @ 1.57
Sporting Kansas City to win and over 2.5 goals @ 2.0