World Cup qualifying matches are taking center stage this weekend, although there are still a few Major League Soccer games on the schedule. At this stage of the season, every game is important, so let’s take a closer look at the four MLS games that fans can catch this weekend. Check out MLS odds, analysis, and free picks.
Top MLS Games to Bet On the Week
New York Red Bulls vs Inter Miami CF
Both of these teams are quickly running out of time to get to a playoff spot. The Red Bulls are six points back with seven games left to play, while Inter Miami is eight points ahead of the last spot in the Eastern Conference with seven games left on the schedule.
At home, the Red Bulls are big favorites at -147, while the Herons have a Moneyline of +370. NYRB is now on a five-game unbeaten run, a stretch that started with a 4-0 win over Miami. Defensively, the Red Bulls have conceded just twice in those five matches, keeping three clean sheets.
That’s bad news for the Herons, who haven’t scored more than one goal in eight straight matches, scoring just four goals in those games with Gonzalo Higuain and the attack completely disappearing.
FC Cincinnati vs Philadelphia Union
It might be over, but the crying for Cincinnati is last in the Eastern Conference and 20 points out of a playoff spot with just 21 points available.
However, the odds for this match aren’t that lopsided, with the Union favored on the road at +117 while Cincinnati’s Moneyline is set at +210. In its last four matches, Philly has three wins and a draw, although their stout defense will be without Jamaican goalie Andre Blake this weekend.
That could offer some hope to FC Cincinnati, which has scored five goals in its last four games despite getting shut out last weekend by the New York Red Bulls. That being said, Cincy has lost five straight matches, although they aren’t giving up on the season just yet.
Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
The Sounders are still on top of the Western Conference standings, which explains why they have a Moneyline of -163 at home against the Whitecaps. As for Vancouver and its +420 Moneyline this weekend, the Caps are one point behind Minnesota, behind the seventh and final playoff spot. But a surprise win over Seattle could push Vancouver to fifth place. The Whitecaps are also loaded with confidence after a 3-0 win over San Jose over the weekend.
Brian White scored all three goals while the Vancouver defense kept its third consecutive clean sheet. That makes the Whitecaps an intriguing underdog in this match, especially with the Sounders missing several key players due to international duty.
Minnesota United FC vs Colorado Rapids
As mentioned, Minnesota is barely hanging onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Loons also face a tough test against third-place Colorado this week.
Minnesota is only a slight favorite at home with a +118 Moneyline, while Colorado’s Moneyline is set at +205. It’s been back-to-back matches without a win for the Loons, so their confidence could be waning. However, they might be catching the Rapids at the right time after Colorado’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Seattle last weekend.
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