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Assessing the Betting Value in the 2020 MLS Cup Odds

| November 12, 2020 2:12 am PDT
2020 MLS Cup Odds

With the postseason kicking off on Friday, November 20, bookmakers have been busy updating their odds for the 2020 MLS Cup.

After clinching the Supporters’ Shield, Philadelphia Union is obviously among the favorites. Defending champions Seattle Sounders are also in the mix, along with all the usual suspects.

In this post, I look at the bookies’ prices before discussing which teams are worth considering and which teams should be avoided. Let’s start by checking out the latest 2020 MLS Cup betting odds.

Latest Betting Odds for the 2020 MLS Cup

How to Get the Best 2020 MLS Cup Odds

If you want to make the most of your 2020 MLS Cup betting experience, I highly recommend shopping around at the leading online sportsbooks.

With 18 teams in contention for the trophy this year, the competition is tougher than ever before. This means that different sites are offering varying odds, so it pays to weigh up your options before placing your wagers.

LAFC may be the frontrunner with some bookmakers, while Philadelphia could be the favorite elsewhere. Further down the list, the odds tend to vary even more drastically depending on where you look.

It is also worth noting that the odds for this market are likely to fluctuate in the coming weeks. With two play-in matches taking place before the playoffs start for real, there is plenty of time for things to change.

Ultimately, it makes sense to broaden your opportunities by assessing a number of different bookies and frequently checking in on the prices.

Below is a list of the best 2020 MLS Cup betting sites.

Top Value Teams for the 2020 MLS Cup

Here are my top value suggestions for the 2020 MLS Cup. I have included a few familiar faces, along with an interesting sleeper option.

Philadelphia Union (6.00)

Thanks to an outstanding run of six wins in their final eight regular-season matches, the Union clinched their very first Supporters’ Shield.

Jim Curtin’s men beat New England 2-0 on Decision Day to secure the silverware, but following a remarkable campaign, I’m sure they won’t be settling for just the one trophy this year.

Given that Philly finished three points clear of Toronto in the Eastern Conference and eight points ahead of Sporting KC over in the West, odds of 6.00 for the Union to win the MLS Cup seem pretty generous in my eyes.

Brazilian forward Sergio Santos has been scoring goals for fun lately, so I’m expecting him to light up the playoffs. But let’s not forget that Philadelphia also boasts the best defensive record in the league.

Orlando City (6.50)

The Lions stunned everyone by making it all the way to the final of the MLS is Back Tournament earlier in the year – and they have continued to cause shocks ever since.

A 12-game unbeaten streak between August and October thrust Orlando into the Supporters’ Shield conversation. The blazing run was finally ended by Inter Miami last month, but Oscar Pareja’s men bounced back to win three of their last four matches.

The Lions’ defense started to leak a few goals towards the end of the regular season. But with Chris Mueller, Daryl Dike, and Nani in the attack, I can see Orlando going deep into the playoffs.

Of course, this is Orlando’s first postseason. But with no real expectations in 2020, this kind of feels like a free hit for the Florida club.

Portland Timbers (10.00)

I’m pretty surprised that the Timbers are currently priced at 10.00 to win the MLS Cup. Sure, they have not been the best team in the country this year. But you should never write them off.

After winning the MLS is Back Tournament, Portland remained at the top end of the Western Conference throughout the campaign. Giovanni Savarese’s free-scoring side has claimed countless statement wins this season, netting over 2.5 goals on six occasions.

At the end of the day, the Timbers are vastly experienced when it comes to knockout soccer. Having reached two MLS Cup finals in the last five years, the Oregon club clearly knows what it takes to get results under pressure.

The MLS is Back triumph only enhanced Portland’s reputation as a formidable tournament team, so I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Savarese’s men lift the trophy on December 12.

Nashville SC (67.00)

Admittedly, this is a massive longshot. But hear me out.

When it comes to expansions teams, it could be argued that Nashville has enjoyed one of the best debut seasons in MLS history.

The Boys in Gold narrowly missed out on an automatic playoff spot after finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference. But with a play-in game against tenth-seed Inter Miami on the horizon, the Tennessee club is now just four matches away from reaching the MLS Cup final.

 It is no secret that Gary Smith’s men don’t score many goals. But what they lack in attack, they more than make up for in defense.

Indeed, Nashville finished the regular season with the third-best defensive record in the entire country, with goalkeeper Joe Willis keeping a league-high nine clean sheets.

Yes, there are more likely MLS Cup winners. But if you’re looking for a solid sleeper bet, look no further than Nashville at the colossal price of 67.00!

2020 MLS Cup Bets to Avoid

There are a number of teams that I believe are worth steering clear of this year, but there are three among the favorites that I recommend avoiding.

LAFC (5.50)

The Black & Gold heads into the postseason as the bookies’ favorite to lift the trophy this year. However, I wouldn’t bother wasting your money on LAFC.

Throughout 2020, Bob Bradley’s side has been far too inconsistent for my liking. And if there is one thing you need in the playoffs, it’s consistency.

In fact, the Los Angeles outfit has only managed to pick up back-to-back victories on two occasions this season. Bradley’s men are now required to win four consecutive games if they want to win the MLS Cup. I can’t see that happening.

Even with Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi firing on all cylinders and Carlos Vela back from injury, LAFC looks destined to fail in the coming weeks.

Seattle Sounders (8.00)

Clinching successive MLS Cups is hard enough, right? But when you’re heading to the playoffs in poor form, the enormity of the task becomes even greater.

Unfortunately for the Sounders, they ended the regular season with a series of below-par results.

Seattle still managed to finish second in the Western Conference, although that is probably down to the team’s efforts earlier in the campaign. Brian Schmetzer’s side only won two of their final seven matches, with heavy defeats to LAFC and Colorado Rapids damaging the club’s spirits.

The Sounders’ attractive price is bound to attract plenty of attention, but I recommend steering clear of Seattle.

Columbus Crew (15.00)

Odds of 15.00 for Columbus to win the MLS Cup may seem like a good deal, especially when you consider that Caleb Porter’s men finished third in the Western Conference.

But much like LAFC, the Crew has been wildly unpredictable in recent times.

The Ohio outfit enjoyed a solid start to the 2020 campaign, yet the team dropped off towards the end of the regular season. Columbus has only managed to win three of their previous ten outings, with five defeats coming during that period.

Following a dismal 2019, the Crew has achieved a phenomenal turnaround this year. Still, I wouldn’t back them in the postseason.

More on MLS Cup Betting for 2020

With the playoffs now just a matter of days away, make sure you keep an eye on the bookies’ odds over the next week or so. The prices are bound to fluctuate between now and start of the postseason, so it will pay to monitor the situation.

I will be covering the 2020 MLS Cup playoffs extensively in the coming weeks. You will be able to find individual betting previews for every match in our soccer picks section.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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