The majority of the remaining matches in the latest MLS weekend take place on Saturday night as the competition returns in full. With the break and the weird schedule a lot of teams are struggling for consistency so it will be interesting to see how results go here.
There are nine games in total for us to enjoy on Saturday night with two of them live on TV for those of us who are in the UK. The other matches are all going to be streamed so there is a lot to get stuck into here.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off in brackets)
Minnesota United FC v FC Cincinnati (21.00)
Atlanta United FC v Montreal Impact (23.00)
New York City FC v Philadelphia Union (00.00)
Columbus Crew SC v Orlando City SC (00.30)
New England Revolution v Houston Dynamo (00.30)
D.C. United v Toronto FC (01.00)
Real Salt Lake v Sporting Kansas City (03.00)
San Jose Earthquakes v LA Galaxy (03.00)
Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC (03.00)
The two big matches in terms of the ones that are televised are the first two of the night as Minnesota United look to get back into form when they take on the poorest side in the Eastern Conference in FC Cincinnati. The other game sees the champions Atlanta United continuing their title defence when they host Montreal Impact in a huge clash towards the upper end of the Eastern table. The other big match on the night is the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps out in the West.
Best of the Rest
Philadelphia Union will look to preserve top spot in the Eastern Conference when they face a daunting trip to Yankee Stadium to take on New York City FC. If they slip up DC United will be looking to close the gap between themselves and the Union when they host Toronto FC. Over in the West, LA Galaxy will look to take advantage of their city rivals losing on Friday night to close the gap on them when they head across California to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Two out of form sides meet in Ohio where the Columbus Crew welcome Orlando City FC.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the night with the first of them coming in the opening game of the night where I expect Minnesota United to get stuck into FC Cincinnati. The rookie side look out of their depth in this division to me and Minnesota should be equipped enough to exploit that. They weren’t in great form prior to the midseason break but in Darwin Quintero they have a real class act who I’m expecting to shine over the second half of the campaign. I’m a little surprised that we can get a -1.25 Asian line on the home side here but I’ll happily take it.
The other bet I like is for DC United to see off Toronto FC at Audi Field. Toronto had a good win over Atlanta in midweek but they are missing a whole host of players to international duty and must surely be vulnerable to a DC United side who can cover for their two missing players. DC are usually pretty strong at home while Toronto can find goals harder to come by on the road. There is a whole heap of draw cover available on DC United here and that is more than enough to convince me to take Rooney and his teammates in this one.
WON – Back Minnesota United (-1.25AH) to beat FC Cincinnati for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with BetVictor
HALF LOSS – Back DC United (-0.25AH) to beat Toronto FC for a 4/10 stake at 1.90 with BetVictor