MLS Week 29 Predictions
Assuming that Dallas FC will avoid a massive and historical drop off in the quality play for the rest of the season, the top spot in the west is taken care of, with Colorado, Salt Lake and Los Angeles fighting for second spot in the west. The eastern conference is far more competitive, with Philadelphia, the New York teams and Toronto FC vying for the number one seed in the eastern conference. One point back of the lead with one game in hand, Toronto controls their own destiny, but has to overcome injury and a franchise curse to notch their first conference title.
MLS Odds Week 29
Unlike other major professional soccer leagues, the MLS doesn’t give their players time off when representing their home nations for international play. Ironically, the better that a team plays, the more likely that they will have to face a good portion of the schedule without a slew of top players. During FIFA international transfers, MLS teams which have significant depth are able to plug in bench players or up-and-coming stars, helping to maintain their record. The best teams will plan their squads according to this transfer window, acquiring top players from countries with stacked international squads, reducing the number of man-games lost.
Week 29 MLS Predictions
Week 29 in the MLS will witness a continuation of the fight to maintain top spot in the eastern conference, with the New York teams and Toronto facing vital matchups to keep pace. Barring a shocking decline by Dallas, the number one seed in the west is all but wrapped up, leaving L.A., Real Salt Lake and Colorado to struggle for the second seed.
L.A. Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake Prediction
BET Los Angeles @ +265 AT 5Dimes SPORTSBOOK. Despite possessing the best goal differential in the league, the L.A. Galaxy remain stuck with Real Salt Lake in the standings, in a three-way tie along with Colorado behind the rock-solid FC Dallas team. Compared to L.A., Real Salt Lake is a whopping -13 in goal differential, which would normally translate to a lead for L.A. in the standings. Neither L.A. nor Real Salt Lake have sent half their starting lineup off to FIFA contests, which means this should be a closely fought affair. Nonetheless, look for L.A.’s disciplined defense to shine at home, separating themselves for sole spot of second place in the west.
Toronto FC @ Chicago Fire Prediction
BET Toronto @ +210 AT William Hill SPORTSBOOK. A week off and a game against the terrible Chicago Fire was exactly what Toronto FC needed, after losing Sebastian Giovinco and a close match to their Canadian rivals, the Montreal Impact. With the reigning player of the year missing from the lineup, Toronto will have to rely on their superb defense to clean their plate this week, which would keep them in the running for first place in the eastern conference. A loss would be a huge setback, especially with a month of road games following what should be an easy home win.
New York City FC @ New England Revolution Prediction
BET New York FC @ +260 AT Bet365 SPORTSBOOK. No doubt influenced by the FIFA transfer window, the New England Revolution managed to trounce the Rapids on their home field, playing the spoiler in the race to the top of the western conference. New England looks to continue to play the spoiler for the second straight week as they take on New York City FC. New York barely survived their FIFA transfer window with an exciting comeback win against D.C. United. Rivals Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls nip at their heels, so NYC FC will remain motivated to overcome any personnel losses through their superior depth, similar to Dallas.
D.C. United @ New York Red Bulls Prediction
BET New York Red Bulls @ -189 AT Bodog SPORTSBOOK. The three-way race for the top spot in the eastern conference also includes the New York Red Bulls, who barely squeaked by the sleepy Vancouver Whitecaps to keep up in the standings. Similar to other top teams, the Red Bulls have to contend with the contentious FIFA international competition window. However, the Red Bulls do have noticeably fewer call ups compared to other league leading squads, lending them a slight advantage in terms of on-pitch depth. D.C. crumbled last week under the pressure of a NYC FC comeback, which is the type of inconsistency that the Red Bulls will feast upon this week.
Colorado Rapids @ FC Dallas Prediction
BET Dallas @ -120 AT William Hill SPORTSBOOK. After losing a head-scratcher to the New England Revolution, the Colorado Rapids fell further behind FC Dallas, which lengthened its lead for the top spot in the western conference by dismissing Portland on the Timbers home field. Since Dallas has an edge compared to the rest of the MLS in terms of depth, the FIFA transfer period has affected the team less than other squads. Few teams are able to miss five key contributors without skipping a beat, which makes Dallas a solid choice this week, especially considering the stinker the Rapids dropped on the pitch last week.
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