August is an interesting month for the MLS, especially with players coming back from the CONCACAF Gold Cup and returning to their teams. The Summer Transfer Window is ongoing and heating up this week with some big trades and transfers. The action is also plentiful with every team facing jam-packed league schedules as the League’s Cup with LigaMX starts next week, and the MLS All-Star game is at the end of the month.
In midweek action, Sporting Kansas City took over the top spot in the Western Conference from the Seattle Sounders, while New England remains atop the Eastern Conference. Both teams face crucial games this weekend. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming matches so you can bet against their MLS odds.
MLS Weekend Betting Preview – Sporting Kansas City and New England Fighting for the Lead
Sporting Kansas City Travels to Colorado
Not often does the team with the best record in the conference head into a game as an underdog. But that is the case with Sporting KC this weekend as they head to Colorado Rapids for a 9:00 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. While SKC leads the West with 33 points, Colorado is in fourth on 27 points.
Sporting have dominated this series as of late with four wins and three draws in their last eight games against Colorado Rapids. The last three games between the teams in Colorado have ended in draws, but KC won 3-1 at home on June 23.
Among the big moves this week, Sporting KC sold teenager Gianluca Busio to Venezia of Italy’s Serie A. Busio featured for the US Men’s National Team at the Gold Cup and scored eight goals in three seasons in the MLS.
The Rapids are enjoying a nice run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where they have scored at least one goal in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the league. That likely plays into why they are favored in this one at +129 on the moneyline to SKC’s +190.
SKC can score, though, and they put four past LAFC on Wednesday night. The total for this game is 2.5 goals, with the over at -135 and the under at -102.
Last year the regular season belonged to Philadelphia Union as they claimed the Supporters’ Shield with the best record. This season that position currently belongs to New England as they sit on 37 points through 18 games with 11 wins and four draws. The Union are in third place with 28 points as they head to Gillette Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday.
New England is favored at -105, with the Union at +260. Philadelphia has absolutely owned this series recently with eight wins and three draws in the last 12 games, and they haven’t lost in their last four trips to Massachusetts. New England upset the Union in the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win.
Bruce Arena’s Revolution have been the best team in the East since opening week this season, and they have now surpassed Sporting KC and Seattle Sounders for most overall points. They won four games in a row before a 0-0 draw against Nashville SC on Wednesday, just their second game without a goal in 2021.
The Union have struggled on the road this season, hence the moneyline difference. They haven’t won away from Philly since May and have four losses in the last six road games. The total is 2.5 goals, with the over at -155 and the under at +120.
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