Best Bets for MLS Games on October 31 and November 1 (2020) – This Weekend’s Top Picks
As we head towards the business end of the 2020 MLS campaign, the fixtures are coming thick and fast. Most teams only have two or three games left to play before the regular season ends, and the playoffs are just around the corner.
There is another jam-packed schedule this weekend, with two games on Saturday and a further 11 on Sunday. The Texas Derby kicks things off, before the Hudson River Derby takes center stage the following day.
Join me as I share this weekend’s top MLS picks and look at the best bets across Saturday and Sunday.
Nashville SC to Keep a Clean Sheet (3.00)
Nashville achieved yet another shutout earlier in the week, beating Montreal Impact 1-0. The backline’s recent efforts have secured the expansion team an unexpected spot in the playoffs, with goalkeeper Joe Willis playing a starring role.
Willis has kept a remarkable nine clean sheets in 20 appearances this season. The shot-stopper has prevented two of Nashville’s previous three opponents from scoring, and I’m backing him to keep another clean sheet this weekend.
Chicago is Nashville’s opponent on Saturday, and while Rapheal Wicky’s men aren’t the lowest scorers in MLS, they do rely heavily on Robert Beric’s goals. If the Slovenian striker isn’t at his best, the Fire generally struggles to score.
In my Nashville SC vs. Chicago Fire betting preview, I predicted that the two teams will produce a draw. However, the draw is always a risky bet.
Given that Nashville has kept so many clean sheets this year, odds of 3.00 for Gary Smith’s side to register another shutout on Saturday seem too good to miss.
Philadelphia Union to Win (2.70)
Philly is on a roll right now!
The Union extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over Chicago last time out. Jim Curtin will be pleased with his team’s performance in midweek, but he will surely still be thinking back to last weekend’s thrashing of Toronto FC.
A Sergio Santos hat-trick, along with goals from Mark McKenzie and Jamiro Monteiro, saw Philadelphia humiliate the Reds. And following their win against the Fire, the U now has a three-point lead over Toronto at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Philly faces Columbus Crew in Ohio on Sunday. It’s fair to say that Caleb Porter’s men have not been at their best recently, so I can see the Union claiming a fourth straight victory.
The Ohio club has only managed to win one of their last seven outings and heads into the weekend having taken just one point from their previous two games.
Columbus’ home advantage on Sunday has led to the bookies’ handing the Crew the favorite tag for this matchup. However, the U’s away status in this fixture only makes the odds for the Philadelphia win more attractive.
Given that Curtin’s men have been blowing their opponents away of late, I believe odds of 2.70 for Philly to beat Columbus are definitely worth taking advantage of.
DC United and Draw – Double Chance (2.50)
Out of nowhere, three wins in 11 days have propelled DC United into playoff contention. Interim head coach Chad Ashton has overseen an astonishing revival, with victories over FC Cincinnati, Atlanta United, and Columbus coming after a solid draw with Philadelphia.
The Black & Red faces the Revs on Sunday, and in my New England vs. DC betting preview, I opted for the draw. You can get the seriously attractive price of 4.33 by backing the draw, but the double chance market also offers fantastic value.
The Revs have been pretty inconsistent lately and come into Sunday’s clash on a three-game winless run. New England managed a draw with Nashville last weekend, either side of defeats to Philly and the Red Bulls.
Considering that New England is enduring a rough patch and DC is flying at the moment, backing the Black & Red to avoid defeat this weekend makes a lot of sense.
The Washington club will be fired up for this one, while Bruce Arena’s men are low on confidence right now.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. LAFC – Over 3.5 Goals (1.95)
This game is destined to be a high-scoring thriller.
LAFC thrashed San Jose 5-1 at the beginning of September, before the Quakes clinched a 2-1 victory over the Black & Gold a few weeks later. Since then, the two sides have both been scoring and conceding plenty of goals.
In fact, Bob Bradley’s men are the joint-top scorers in the Western Conference this year, with 50% of their games producing over 3.5 goals. LAFC has netted 44 goals in 20 games this term, but their backline has also leaked 35.
On the flip side, San Jose has the poorest defensive record in the West. The Quakes have conceded 45 goals this season, with nine of their 21 outings producing over 3.5 goals.
With LAFC star Carlos Vela back from injury and Chris Wondolowski bagging a brace for San Jose last time out, all the signs are pointing towards a high-scoring encounter on Sunday.
Keep an eye out for my San Jose Earthquakes vs. LAFC betting preview in our soccer picks section.