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MLS Week 7 Betting Preview With Odds and Predictions

| April 11, 2019 12:00 am PDT
MLS Week 7 Predictions

LAFC stamped its authority on MLS last week as it thrashed DC United 4-0 in the capitol in a game that also saw Wayne Rooney sent off for a nasty-looking challenge.

Columbus took over the summit in the East with a win over New England, but it’s all about the Western Conference at the moment.

Seattle and LA Galaxy both kept on their respective winning streaks while Portland’s tough extended road trip continued as it fell 3-0 to a previously winless San Jose.

DC United was unable to make up for the loss to LAFC in midweek as it could only draw 0-0 at home to Montreal while Sporting Kansas City will soon be concentrating solely on MLS as it went down 5-0 in its CCL semifinal first leg against Monterrey.

The big game this weekend is between Seattle and Toronto as we begin to see which teams are likely to make a good push for the playoffs. FC Cincinnati’s trip to California to play LAFC should be interesting, too.

If you’re looking to bet on the action, this post will help to guide you as I provide all my MLS week 7 predictions in this full betting preview.

MLS Cup 2019 Outright Winners – Latest Odds

Before I start looking at each of the weekend’s games, I’ll review the latest MLS Cup odds.

Here are the current best prices from the top soccer betting sites.

LAFC+500
LA Galaxy+600
Seattle Sounders+800
New York Red Bulls+1000
FC Dallas+1000
Toronto FC+1000
DC United+1000

The Western Conference is still heavily represented in the list of favorites to take the MLS Cup this season. Curiously, LAFC’s price has lengthened slightly from last week, even after its impressive win over fellow challengers DC United.

The bookmakers seem to like the look of LA Galaxy a little more — possibly down to its established history in the league and the feeling that with a fully fit Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it has more of a chance over the long season.

FC Dallas and Toronto are the newcomers to the top six with neither team actually winning a game last week. Both sides have proved themselves in previous seasons, however, so maybe that is where the surge in support has come from.

Now here are my previews and picks for this weekend’s games in MLS. All game odds are courtesy of Betway, and I also recommend MyBookie.ag for MLS betting from within the US.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Chicago Fire

Vancouver to Win+333
Chicago to Win-150
The Draw+320

Vancouver’s poor start to the season continued last week with a home defeat to the Galaxy, and even considering the standard of opponents faced so far, it’s not looking good for the Canadian outfit. Major upheaval in the close season has obviously had an effect, but the Whitecaps will need to stop using that as an excuse soon before it gets left behind so early on.

The lack of fans at the SeatGeek Stadium has been disappointing for the Fire so far this season, but their results have definitely improved. A draw last week against Toronto followed the victory over the Red Bulls, and coach Veljko Paunovic can be quietly pleased with how his side has started this campaign.

Vancouver’s players have yet to gel, and it looks like it could be another tough week for them. Chicago is looking more confident every week, and another three points should be on the cards here.

PICKChicago to Win-150

Columbus Crew at Montreal Impact

Columbus to Win+220
Montreal to Win+115
The Draw+240

Columbus capitalized on DC United’s defeat to LAFC — and a curious MLS fixture list that has pitted it against New England twice already this season — to pick up three more points and go top of the East. The Crew could only beat a 10-man Revolution side by a solitary goal, however, so the time for celebration might be a while off yet.

After the 7-1 thrashing it received at the hands of SKC, the Impact will be extremely happy with the two 0-0 draws recorded at NYCFC and DC United. This will also be the Impact’s first home game of the season, so we can expect a raucous crowd doing its bit to help the team.

A lot depends on whether star Impact player Ignacio Piatti returns after missing the last few games, but this is an interesting matchup, and I feel home advantage can help grab at least a point for Montreal.

PICKThe Draw+240

San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo

San Jose to Win+400
Houston to Win-175
The Draw+333

Portland has not looked very impressive so far this season, but San Jose’s win against the Timbers was not expected. New signing Cristian Espinoza looked especially good, and the game was all over after just 34 minutes as the Quakes raced to a 3-0 lead.

Houston won its third successive game in convincing style against Colorado last week as it ran out 4-1 victors. It also meant that the Dynamo is still unbeaten after four games of the season and proved that it wasn’t just because it had played all its games at home that results had been so good.

Houston will be a tougher prospect for San Jose than a hapless Timbers side, and a home win for the Dynamo should be expected.

PICKHouston to Win-175

Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders

Toronto to Win+320
Seattle to Win-125
The Draw+260

Two unbeaten sides go head to head at CenturyLink Field, and Toronto will want to carry on its fine early form and show that it can pick up points away from home. A disappointing home draw against Chicago was the outcome last week for Greg Vanney’s team, but two more home games follow this one, so Toronto will likely remain towards the top of the west no matter the result here.

Seattle put the strange goalless draw with Vancouver behind it by grabbing a narrow victory over Real Salt Lake last week. Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro scored the only goal of the game, but it was another fine performance from Cristian Roldan that won the day for the Sounders.

This should be a really good game with both sides looking to keep up with LAFC at the top of the Western Conference. Home advantage will probably be the deciding factor as Seattle remains unbeaten.

PICKSeattle to Win-125

New York City FC at Minnesota United

New York to Win+275
Minnesota to Win-110
The Draw+260

New York City is really missing David Villa this season with just four goals in five MLS games so far. Another goalless draw against Montreal last week meant Domenec Torrent’s side has not won a single game, and it’s difficult to see how that will change at Allianz Field.

Minnesota beat the other “New York” side last week and will be favored to make it two out of two at home against NYCFC. The Loons have looked better than expected this season, and after a disappointing defeat to New England, Adrian Heath’s side has bounced back well.

This is the first home game at Allianz Field for Minnesota United, and the fans are likely to play a big part in getting three more points against a New York side that needs to find a goal scorer quickly.

PICKMinnesota to Win-110

Atlanta United at New England Revolution

Atlanta to Win+175
New England to Win+140
The Draw+240

Atlanta has not played since the end of March and has yet to score a goal away from home. And although I have been tipping the reigning champions to come good, it needs to be sooner rather than later as far as the Five Stripes are concerned. New England should be there for the taking, but Josef Martinez needs to find his scoring boots soon if Atlanta is going to do well this season.

A Michael Mancienne red card didn’t help the Revolution’s chances against Columbus last week, and it isn’t a team that can cope without a full complement of players. One win from six is not a good sign for New England, and there could be more disappointment in store here.

Atlanta has the talent to compete once again — even with the big-name departures in the close season — but it needs to start winning soon. Three points from New England would make a good start.

PICKAtlanta to Win+175

Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

Portland to Win+350
Dallas to Win-138
The Draw+275

Portland’s miserable winless start to the season continued last week as it collapsed early on to the equally woeful Quakes. Head coach Giovanni Savarese must be eagerly awaiting those first games at the refurbished Providence Park, but for now, his side needs to pick some points anywhere it can find them.

FC Dallas is a consistently underrated team that regularly does well in MLS, and this season is proving to be no different for the Texan side. Last week’s defeat to Philadelphia was a setback, but head coach Luchi Gonzalez will be looking forward to welcoming this Timbers team to the Toyota Stadium.

It’s not just the extended road trip that is making life difficult for Portland. An ageing squad is starting to find things hard this season, and it doesn’t look as though life will get easier any time soon.

PICKDallas to Win-138

DC United at Colorado Rapids

DC United to Win+137
Colorado to Win+180
The Draw+240

DC’s reliance on Rooney showed in the midweek stalemate against Montreal with the four-goal striker sorely missed. The Black and Red will want to get back to winning ways after two disappointing results, and Rooney’s return will be welcome news for head coach Ben Olsen.

Colorado has made a predictably slow start to the season, and the visit of DC United will only extend that pain for Anthony Hudson and his side. The number of goals conceded will worry the English coach, and it is already looking like it will be a long season for the Rapids.

DC United should bounce back from the crushing defeat to LAFC and the Rooney-less Montreal draw. Tim Howard may be happy to see his old teammate at the start of the game but might be thinking otherwise at the end of 90 minutes.

PICKDC to Win+137

Orlando City at Real Salt Lake

Orlando to Win+240
Salt Lake to Win+105
The Draw+250

Nani provided his first two goals for Orlando against Colorado — and some late controversy — as his side continued its impressive record of scoring in every game so far this season. More importantly, the Lions grabbed its second win of the campaign and moved up the table in what could be a very open Eastern Conference.

Real Salt Lake, on the other hand, suffered its fourth successive defeat at the hands of Seattle and will be desperate to turn its fortunes around at the Rio Tinto Stadium. With games against Cincinnati and LA Galaxy coming up, three points from the visit of Orlando is vital.

Things are not looking bright in Utah at the moment for RSL, but Orlando tends to struggle on the road, and this could end in a win for Mike Petke’s side.

PICKSalt Lake to Win+105

FC Cincinnati at LAFC

Cincinnati to Win+550
LAFC to Win-250
The Draw+400

This is a very intriguing matchup, putting together the real form team of the league so far with an expansion side who has surprised everyone. The fact that the draw away at SKC was seen as a disappointing result for the Orange and Blue speaks volumes, but this will be a very difficult game for Alan Koch’s side.

LAFC is running rampant at the moment, and the 4-0 win over DC United seemed like a real statement of intent from Bob Bradley’s men. LAFC has now scored 19 goals in just six games — with Carlos Vela already pitching in with seven of his own — and more can be expected from this one.

It’s hard to see who will stop LAFC at the moment with the form it has been in. FC Cincinnati has started its inaugural season well but will leave California without any more points.

PICKLAFC to Win-250

Philadelphia Union at LA Galaxy

Philadelphia to Win+250
LA to Win+100
The Draw+250

The Union started the season as expected with two defeats but has now gone unbeaten in four, having won the last three against some tough opposition. The 2-1 win over Dallas last week was particularly impressive and should give the U some confidence ahead of the trip to Carson.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is obviously going to be the main man for the LA Galaxy this season, and if he keeps this scoring record up, then his side can expect to make the playoffs later in the year. Philly may cause some problems for LA here, but the unbeaten run should continue for at least another week.

PICKLA to Win+100

New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City

New York to Win+240
Kansas City to Win+100
The Draw+260

Three successive defeats have given head coach Chris Armas a real headache as the Red Bulls travel to Kansas City to try and get its season back on track. The lack of goals will be a major worry for New York as it looks to take its customary place at the top of the Supporters’ Shield table.

The 1-1 draw against Cincinnati was a welcome relief for SKC after the incredible 7-1 hammering it took from Montreal the week before. Add to that the 5-0 CCL defeat in Mexico, and head coach Peter Vermes could be forgiven for wondering what is going on with his side.

This could be a good time for SKC to play the Red Bulls who are going through troubles of their own, and I feel the home side could end up with three much-needed points.

PICKKansas City to Win+100

Final Words

With many of the teams now having played six games, we are starting to see who the form sides are going to be in MLS this season. The race for the playoffs will be just as intense as ever, but the likes of LAFC and Seattle are already looking as though they will be in for the long haul.

There are also a number of teams who just haven’t gotten going yet this season, and Portland and Vancouver in particular will need to improve markedly if they want to be involved in the postseason.

Let me know what you think of my predictions and picks, and enjoy the games.

Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.

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