MLS 2020 Round 2 thoughts & previews
New England Revolution v Chicago Fire (18:30 GMT)
Bet: New England Revolution -0.5 @2.03
Real Salt Lake v New York Red Bulls (19:00 GMT)
Here we have two teams with contrasting styles facing each other. RSL are more of a defensive type team and all of their strength is at the back. They are well organised, have good discipline and can be incredibly hard to beat here in front of their own fans. The altitude of this location can sometimes take some getting used to and Rio Tinto Stadium has historically been quite a fortress. The Red Bulls haven’t won here since 2008 although only travel here once every two years. They certainly looked the more impressive last week, at least in the first half vs Cincinnati anyway. Tough match to call and both teams might cancel each other out so I’m going to predict a 1-1 draw.
FC Dallas v Montreal Impact (20:00 GMT)
Bet: FC Dallas -1 @2.03
DC United v Inter Miami (20:30 GMT)
I was a bit worried with what I saw from DCU last week. They lost at home to Colorado Rapids and were pretty much outplayed in the contest throughout. Inter Miami will probably represent just as much of a challenge. They are a new franchise, hungry for their first win in MLS and gave a good account of themselves at LAFC last week. DCU aren’t anywhere near that level so this should be a more manageable fixture for David Beckham’s outfit. Inter Miami win this match in my opinion but the odds aren’t that attractive.
Toronto FC v New York City FC (22:00 GMT)
This should be a good match between two genuine Eastern Conference contenders. NYC will be out for revenge after being knocked out of the playoffs last season by TFC. Matches between these teams tend to contain plenty of goals so I looked at backing over 2.75. But it’s early season and could be a cold day and the price isn’t anything too great. I’d lean towards TFC winning but it could easily be a draw too.
Atlanta United v FC Cincinnati (00:00 GMT)
Bet: Under 3.25 goals @1.96
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota United (01:00 GMT)
It has to be said that Minnesota put in a very accomplished away performance last week at Portland. They played with a good tactical strategy and generally took their chances when they came. However, they were vulnerable at times in what was quite a frantic affair. San Jose came from 0-2 down to draw with TFC but weren’t exactly convincing. I thought about backing over 3 goals or Minnesota +0.75 here but ultimately reused. I don’t see the away side losing though because they seem the better overall unit at the moment.
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo (01:30 GMT)
Bet: Sporting Kansas City -1 @2.17
Colorado Rapids v Orlando City (02:00 GMT)
Bet: Colorado Rapids -0.75 @2.01
LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps (03:00 GMT)
You would imagine that LA Galaxy probably win this match but I’m not sure I’d want to be backing them on a big handicap. The Whitecaps actually won this fixture 4-3 last season and will be up for it tonight. All of the expectation is on the Galaxy to deliver and that could suit the caps nicely. I’m thinking something like a 2-1 or 3-1 home win but nothing interests me from a betting point of view.
Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew (03:00 GMT)
These two teams don’t meet very often but it should be a very interesting clash between two contenders for glory this season. Seattle at home are tough proposition but they needed a very late goal to beat Chicago Fire last week here. The Crew won’t be so easy to face and the Sounders will need to take their chances. Part of me thinks this will be an over sort of match but both could defend well if they wanted to, so there’s a chance of cancelling each other out. I also think Columbus are overpriced but I daren’t oppose Seattle at CenturyLink Field.
Portland Timbers v Nashville (Sunday 23:00 GMT)
Preview to be posted Sunday
Los Angeles FC v Philadelphia Union (Sunday 02:30 GMT)
Preview to be posted Sunday