Best Bets for MLS Games on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – This Week’s Top Picks

| November 3, 2020 9:46 am PDT

There are five MLS games taking place on Wednesday, November 4, before the final round of regular-season fixtures kicks off on Sunday.

With a number of playoff spots still up for grabs, plenty of teams still have something to play for. Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy can still clinch a top-eight finish in the West, while five sides battle for two postseason berths in the East.

In this post, I share Wednesday’s top MLS picks and look at the best bets for the midweek action.

Orlando City to Beat Columbus Crew (2.10)

Orlando and Columbus may be locked on 38 points in the Eastern Conference standings, but the two teams have enjoyed contrasting form in recent weeks.

While the Lions have lost just one of their previous 15 outings, the Crew has only managed to win two of their last eight matches.

Orlando’s 12-game unbeaten streak was thwarted by rivals Inter Miami at the end of October. However, Oscar Pareja’s men have responded in emphatic fashion. The Florida club thrashed Atlanta United 4-1 last week, before seeing off Montreal Impact on Sunday.

The Lions wasted no time in returning to winning ways.

On the flip side, Columbus has not been at their best lately. Caleb Porter’s men notched up an eye-catching six-game unbeaten run in September to propel themselves into postseason contention. But it’s been all downhill since then.

Of course, the Crew has already booked their place in the playoffs. But recent defeats to Toronto, Montreal, Cincinnati, and DC United prove that Columbus has been off the pace lately.

If you who need further convincing that Orlando should beat Columbus on Thursday, you can check out my betting preview for the match here.

Portland vs. Colorado – Both Teams to Score (1.60)

In my Portland vs. Colorado betting preview, I predicted that the Timbers will beat the Rapids. After all, Giovanni Savarese’s side has only lost one of their last 11 outings, so odds of 2.00 for the Portland win are very attractive.

Having said that, it is difficult to ignore the result that Colorado produced last time out. Robin Fraser’s men crushed high-flying Seattle 3-1 on Sunday, with Andre Shinyashiki scoring for the second game in a row.

With the final standings now being decided on a points-per-game basis, the Rapids have an excellent chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Colorado has missed a number of games due to the health crisis, but the new format appears to have given them a new lease of life.

I’m not saying Fraser’s side will beat Portland on Thursday, but I can see the Rapids scoring at Providence Park.

The Timbers are the highest scorers in the Western Conference by some distance, but they also have the worst defensive record in the top four. In fact, only five sides in the division have conceded more goals than Portland this year.

Both teams have scored in four of Portland’s previous five matches, so I’m confident that both sides will hit the target when the Rapids visit Oregon.

LA Galaxy vs. Seattle – Over 2.5 Goals (1.70)

I will be amazed if this matchup doesn’t produce at least three goals.

As I just mentioned, Seattle was beaten 3-1 by Colorado on Sunday. This was the fourteenth time a Sounders game has generated over 2.5 goals in 2020, and let’s not forget they have only played 20 matches this year.

Meanwhile, 11 of the Galaxy’s 20 regular-season outings have produced three or more goals this term. The Los Angeles club also has the third-worst defensive record in the Western Conference, so the team is clearly prone to conceding.

Seattle secured their postseason spot a while ago now, but the Galaxy is still aiming to qualify for the playoffs. This means that Dominic Kinnear’s men are likely to throw caution to the wind on Thursday as they attempt to book their place in the next phase of the competition.

With the Galaxy in desperate need of the win, I can see this being an open encounter with plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

I went with the draw in my LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders betting preview, but I believe the over 2.5 goals market also offers great value.

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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