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Top 2022 MLS Weekend Matches to Bet On: LAFC vs RSL, Columbus vs NYCFC Analysis

The MLS rolls into its first weekend of games in August and most of the teams have 10 games remaining in the regular season. The league had six games in the midweek meaning that nearly half the league will be playing this weekend for the third time in eight days. 

After this weekend’s games the league hits the All-Star break. The MLS All-Star Game is set for Wednesday, August 10 in Los Angeles. The MLS All-Stars will face a team of All-Stars from Mexico’s Liga MX. 

As the league prepares for the All-Star festivities, there are some big games this weekend. In the Western Conference, first-place LAFC travels to fifth-place Real Salt Lake. In the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Crew have been playing catch up all season and are finally in the top five as they host second-place NYCFC. It’s time to take a look at the top matches for the weekend so you can bet against their MLS Odds

Top 2022 Major League Soccer Betting Games for Saturday, August 6th

LAFC On Top As They Head to Utah

LAFC enter August with the best record not only in the Western Conference but in all of MLS as they lead the Supporters’ Shield Race. They are one of two teams in the league to average better than 2.0 goals per game. 

Real Salt Lake are coming off a draw at  San Jose as they scored in the final minute on Saturday. They lost to FC Dallas 1-0 in their last home game, their only home loss in 11 games this season. 

LAFC and RSL met three times last year with LAFC winning all three games by a combined score of 6-3. RSL last won in this series in 2020 but overall, the series is lef by LAFC 8-2. 

These teams actually made a trade this week as well. Real Salt Lake acquired Danny Musovski from LAFC in exchange for $250,000 of General Allocation Money.  Musovski played in 16 MLS matches this season but started just six games and he scored two goals with one assist. With the addition of Gareth Bale, he lost more playing time at LAFC but injuries to others at RSL should give Musovski a chance to play.

Crisitan Arango leads LAFC with nine goals while Carlos Vela has seven and Jose Cifuentes has six. Jefferson Savarino has scored in two of the last three games for RSL and leads the team with five goals while Sergio Cordova has four.

At MyBookie, LAFC is the favorite on the road at +142. Real Salt Lake is +170 at home in Saturday’s game and a draw is +255. Over 2.5 goals is -135 and under 2.5 goals is +105.

Columbus Aims to Move Up against NYCFC

The end of the game on Wednesday fell apart for the Columbus Crew as they lost 2-1 to third-place Montreal. Now they have to rebound quickly as the second-place slide from NYCFC come to town on Saturday. 

For the second straight game, the Crew dealt with a weather delay. This one came in the 74th minute with a 1-0 Columbus lead. But Montreal tied the game in the 88th minute and won in stoppage time to end the Crew’s nine-match unbeaten streak. 

NYCFC’s last game was also against CF Montreal, a 0-0 road draw last weekend. They didn’t get a shot on goal in their first game without leading scorer Taty Castellanos, transferred to La Liga. They need to find a strong scoring option to replace Castellanos’s 13 goals and Heber is now the team leader with six goals. 

These teams met in May with NYCFC winning at home 2-0. Castellanos and Talles Magno scored in that contest. Since the May 14 game, NYCFC has just one loss and the Crew have just two, both at home.

At MyBookie, Columbus is a slight home favorite at +150 on Saturday. NYCFC is +160 to win all three points and a draw is +245. Over 2.5 goals is -123 and under 2.5 goals is -107.


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