The opening round of matches in the new MLS season concludes on Sunday when the final four fixtures are played out and it is a night in which we will see the new franchise for the very first time when Los Angeles FC open up the evening with a trip to former champions Seattle Sounders.
We also see some of the other sides who are expected to be deeply involved in the play-offs when they come along at the end of the season so with that in mind we should be in for a really good evening of football. Two of the matches are live on Sky with the other two being shown on the bookmaker consoles so we can keep on top of the action too.
Sunday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off in brackets)
Seattle Sounders vs Los Angeles FC (22.00)
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact (23.00)
Sporting Kansas City vs New York City FC (00.30)
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Portland Timbers (03.00)
No fewer than five sides who were involved in the postseason last year are involved in the action on Sunday evening with the two Western Conference clashes of particular intrigue. All eyes will be on Los Angeles FC to see how they cope with MLS on their debut but they have it tough against the Conference champions Seattle Sounders. Meanwhile the other team in LA are expected to go well this season and have the perfect chance to prove their worth against a Portland Timbers team who many think could dominate the scene.
The other two matches are not shabby either. Vancouver Whitecaps will look to get off to a fast start in the all-Canadian battle with Montreal Impact who will want to improve this season while the Sporting Kansas City match against New York City FC should be very tight.
There is a tendency to load up with bets in these matches but we are still early in the season so I’m going to have an air of caution about things. I am going to bet in the Canadian showdown between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Montreal Impact. To be fair I liked the home side earlier in the week but the trade away of Tim Parker has swayed me enough to take over 2.5 goals. The last three meetings between the two have seen three or more goals scored and with the attackers on display this one can too.
I’ll also play the unders in the match between Sporting Kansas City and New York City FC. A lot has changed since the end of last season but I’m not sure SKC’s struggles for goals will have done especially with Benny Feilhaber traded away. I don’t think their tightness at the back will change either. New York City are becoming a much younger unit than when they first arrived in MLS but they have always had a cautious approach to away matches under Vieira. I don’t see that changing here so under 2.5 goals looks the right play in the cagiest looking match of the weekend.
WON – Back Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact – Over 2.5 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Betfair
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WON – Back Sporting Kansas City vs New York City – Under 2.5 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor