The second weekend in the new Major League Soccer season comes to an end on Sunday night on a busy evening of football which sees no fewer than four matches taking place as teams in both Conferences begin to get up to speed for the campaign.
We saw some good football in a lower scoring night on Saturday but with the sides in action on Sunday you would think we are set for plenty of goals and a huge amount entertainment. Two of the four matches are on TV for those of us in the UK while there are plenty of ways of monitoring the other two games.
Sunday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off in brackets)
New York City vs DC United (19.00)
Sporting Kansas City vs Philadelphia Union (19.00)
Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati (21.00)
Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers (23.30)
The two matches that are live on TV for those of us in the UK are the all-Eastern Conference battles as New York City go in search of a first victory of the season when they host Wayne Rooney and his DC United side while later in the evening the champions Atlanta United will look to bounce back from defeats to DC United in MLS and Monterrey in the NACL when they take on an FC Cincinnati side who had a tough baptism to this league in Seattle last week.
The other two matches are probably more about the Western Conference with Sporting Kansas City looking for a first win of the campaign when they go up against Philadelphia Union. Given that they trail in the NACL ahead of the second leg of that tie in midweek it might be that this is a weakened SKC side. The other match of the night could be the pick of them as Los Angeles FC go in search of back-to-back home wins to begin the campaign when they host the beaten finalists from last season in Portland Timbers.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the evening and they both come in the TV matches. I’m pretty strongly against New York City FC heading into this campaign and I’m happy to take them on with a DC United side of whom I’m extremely buoyant about. DC opened their season with a fine win and I expect them to be a focal part of the race for the Supporters’ Shield and the title over the course of the season. The Asian line in this match gives us a perfectly acceptable price on what is effectively a DC-draw double chance bet and given how they played last week, combined with the potential lack of goals in this New York side, I’ll side with DC United here.
I’m expecting to see goals at the Mercedes Benz Stadium where the champions Atlanta United will be in action against FC Cincinnati. We know all about the attacking potential in this Atlanta side but they suddenly do not look at all convincing at the back since Frank de Boer has come in and FC Cincinnati have attacking players that can exploit that. Seattle Sounders exposed Cincinnati defensively last week so it would be a major surprise and concern if Atlanta can’t do likewise so we should be set for more than three goals in this contest.
Back DC United (+0.5AH) to beat New York City FC for a 4/10 stake at 1.95 with BetVictor
Back Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati – Over 3 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with BetVictor