MLS 2021 Conference Semi-Final and Final Matches Betting Analysis & Odds

MLS 2021 Conference Semi-Final and Final Matches Betting Analysis & Odds

The Major League Soccer season is down to five teams. The matchup for the Western Conference Finals has been decided while the Philadelphia Union is still waiting to learn their opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s look at the upcoming matchups and who has the best chance to be crowned MLS champion. Let’s get right to it so you can bet against the MLS odds.

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New England Revolution vs New York City FC

Tuesday night, the Revolution will become the final team to play its first playoff game. This year, the Revs ran away with the Eastern Conference, earning the top seed and a bye to the conference semifinals. However, they are only mild favorites against NYCFC with a +111 Moneyline, while the visitors from New York have a Moneyline of +210.

Of course, the only serious question facing New England is how the long layoff will impact Bruce Arena’s team. The Revs have two players who scored 15 or more goals in Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa. One of the league’s rising stars in Tajon Buchanan will leave for a club in Europe in January. 

However, New York City FC was one of the few teams to beat New England during the regular season, even if the Revolution won two of the three head-to-head meetings between these teams. The Pigeons also looked good when they beat Atlanta United 2-0 to reach the conference semifinals. Valentin Castellanos has been on a scoring tear late in the season, scoring seven goals in his last five games, helping him to take home the Golden Boot. He will surely give NYCFC a chance to pull off the upset on Tuesday night.

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake

The Western Conference will come down to the fourth seed and the seventh seed. Real Salt Lake barely earned the final playoff spot on the last day of the regular season and continues to be heavy underdogs with a +255 Moneyline. Meanwhile, Portland is a heavy favorite at -111, even if it looked unlikely that the Timbers would host the Western Conference Finals at the start of the playoffs.

The Timbers handled Minnesota United at home to begin the postseason but traveled to beat Colorado on Thanksgiving Day. They also head to the Western Conference semifinals with the confidence of having beaten Real Salt Lake three times this season. Portland outscored Salt Lake a combined 12-4 in those three matches, including a 6-1 win the last time the Timbers hosted Salt Lake.

However, this is not the same RSL team that lost to Portland 3-1 in early November. The Royals won at Kansas City on Decision Day to qualify for the playoffs and then survived a penalty shootout against Seattle. They returned to Kansas City over the weekend, getting two goals from a pair of substitutes in the final 20 minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit. This Real Salt Lake team has a flair for the dramatic and seems to find a way to win, making them a dangerous underdog against Portland and a dark horse to win the MLS Cup.

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