A total of 4 matches in MLS tonight and some good encounters.
This years theme has shown a totally irregular pattern to games. Take Columbus Crew for example, they win one week with style and the next week they struggle to score.
That’s mostly been the thing this year in MLS along with a mixed bag when it comes to goals scored. So betting has been a landmine field as it is difficult to back teams when you have no patterns to go by.
But this is early on in the season, patterns will emerge and goals will be scored, it’s MLS after all.
Columbus Crew v Seattle Sounders
Columbus got an arse whooping when really they should have done much more, a 0-5 loss away to Toronto FC with Altidore and Giovinco out was a terrible away trip. However it goes to show the strength of Toronto FC more than anything else.
Crew again get lucky with the opposition lineup, both Morris and Dempsey are on international duty who are arguably 2 of their 3 best players. Crew at home here where they are pretty handy due to a great home backing should have enough to get a win here.
Ola Kamara looks like he can score every other game and Justin Meram has been hit and miss but on his day he can get in the box and cause a lot of problems.
Orlando City v DC United
What has happened to Orlando City? They started off the season looking like MLS contenders even without Kaka and now they cant get a win. They will be glad to be at home again and look to rebuild some results from here. They have one of the best home crowds who should drive them on here. DC United got a great win last week but its two on the road for them and they shouldn’t have any business to get a result here. But this is more down to Orlando playing badly rather than DC United playing them off the park. If Orlando can get their defence back into shape and keep Acosta at bay they have to be clear favourites here. Kaka being out will help the defence for Orlando as has been proven this year. Larin, Rivas and Nocerino are key players here tonight. If they have a good game they should win this comfortably.
New York City v New England Revolution
Shocking defending by New York City (How many times have we said that) cost them against a good Atlanta United side last match. Pirlo is out (a good thing at the moment) and they have a pretty strong team for this one. Again another strong home side this year playing against a good Revs side make no mistake about it. But if I was a betting man (I am) I would back NYCFC for this one. Revs haven’t won in the last 9 away games and I cant see that changing here.
Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake
Houston are very strong at home (see the theme here). Winning 6 of their 7 games at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Torres will be keen to get a sniff at goal tonight as he has been on fire this year scoring 7 goals in 6 matches at home. I personally like Houston this year, if you watch them compared to a lot of teams they play at a great tempo and home that teams just cant deal with. RSL will struggle here and should not be a match. Not to say they haven’t improved since the new coach Mike Petke came in.
Thats pretty much how the games should go, wether they do or not is down to the MLS gods (who are wankers). These midweek games under the flood lights tend to be good games with some open play and drunk home crowds. Americans get pissed off one watery bud light don’t forget.