Predictions and Best Bets for MLS Games on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
We have a full round of midweek Major League Soccer fixtures to get our teeth this week, with most games taking place on Wednesday, July 21.
Following Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo on Tuesday, ten MLS games take place on Wednesday, before Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union and Austin FC vs. Seattle Sounders wrap up the midweek action on Thursday.
In this post, I will be focusing solely on sharing my top betting picks and predictions for MLS games this Wednesday. Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the schedule.
- Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC
- New York City FC vs. CF Montreal
- Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls
- Inter Miami vs. New England Revolution
- Chicago Fire vs. DC United
- FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United
- Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes
- Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas
- Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
- Los Angeles FC vs. Portland Timbers
Right, let’s get stuck into my MLS predictions for Wednesday, July 21.
Columbus Crew and Nashville SC to Draw
Columbus extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a hard-fought victory over New York City at the weekend. Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Zelarayan netted either side of half-time to lift the Crew up to sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Nashville annihilated Chicago 5-1 on Saturday, with Hany Mukhtar scoring the fastest hat-trick in MLS history! Gary Smith’s men have now taken 11 points from their previous five games (three wins, two draws), while no side has claimed more in that time.
The Boys in Gold are in excellent form at the moment, but the 2020 MLS Cup champs are enjoying a solid run of their own, too. With that in mind, I can see this one ending in a draw.
CF Montreal to New York City FC
Following a dramatic 5-4 victory over Cincinnati, Montreal heads into Wednesday’s clash with NYCFC on the back of three straight wins. The Canadians are flying right now, having sealed four victories and two draws in their past six outings.
On the flip side, New York City has lost each of their previous two matches – and one of those was against Montreal! After suffering a 2-1 defeat to Wilfried Nancy’s side, NYCFC lost to Columbus by the same scoreline last time out.
Believe it or not – Montreal currently leads NYCFC by five points in the East. For that reason, I’m backing the high-flying Canadian outfit to down off-form New York City.
Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls to Draw
Toronto parted ways with Chris Armas after a damaging six-match losing streak left the club rock bottom of the table. Since then, the Reds have taken four points from a possible six – moving off the foot of the standings in the process.
The Red Bulls, on the other hand, have only lost one of their last six games. That said, they have drawn two of their previous three. Gerhard Struber’s men have dropped out of the playoff places in the East and have struggled for goals of late.
With TFC on the rise and RBNY going through something of an iffy period, I wouldn’t be surprised if this matchup ended on level terms.
New England Revolution to Beat Inter Miami
Although Inter Miami has played three games less than New England this season, there is no hiding from the fact that Phil Neville’s side sits rock bottom of the Eastern Conference – 19 points behind first-place New England.
The Revs sealed a battling victory over Atlanta at the weekend, with key DP Gustavo Bou netting the only goal of the game. Needless to say, I can’t help but fear the worst for Miami on Wednesday.
DC United to Beat Chicago Fire
I think Hernan Losada must be given huge credit for the manner with which he has turned things around at DC United. The Black-and-Red were nothing short of terrible last season, but they currently find themselves just one point outside the top seven.
The Fire also endured a campaign to forget last year. However, they have failed to turn the corner in 2021. Following their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Nashville, Chicago sits third from bottom in the East with a record of 3-2-8.
DC hammered Toronto 7-1 at the beginning of the month before suffering a narrow 2-1 loss to Philadelphia last weekend. I’m backing Losada’s resurgent side to return to winning ways at Soldier Field.
Atlanta United to Beat FC Cincinnati
Having managed to win just two of his 13 MLS matches as Atlanta head coach, Gabriel Heinze was fired after the Five Stripes’ 1-0 loss to the Revs on Saturday. Heinze leaves the club four points outside the top seven with a record of 2-7-4.
Still, let’s not forget that Atlanta is still ahead of Cincinnati in the standings. Jaap Stam’s men have the second-worst defensive record in the division, meaning ATL UTD’s star-studded forward line – that should feature the returning Josef Martinez – will almost certainly thrive on Wednesday.
Just like TFC did a fortnight ago, I’m backing the Five Stripes to win their first game without their recently-departed head coach. After all, a game against Cincy provides them with the ideal opportunity to get back on track.
Sporting Kansas City to Beat San Jose Earthquakes
At the end of the day, this matchup brings together two sides in contrasting form.
As a result, the Wizards now sit just three points behind first-place Seattle with a game in hand over the Western Conference leaders. At the other end of the standings, the Quakes find themselves third from bottom – 17 points shy of Sporting KC.
Need I say more?
Colorado Rapids to Beat FC Dallas
The Sounders are the only side in the West to have lost fewer games than Colorado in 2021. Having clinched six wins and three draws along the way, the Rapids rest five points inside the top seven with two games in hand over Seattle.
With a record of 2-5-6, however, Dallas remains stuck at the foot of the division. The Texans have only managed to win one of their last ten outings and head into Wednesday’s clash on the back of successive defeats.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m going with the home win for my Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas prediction.
Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy to Draw
With Damir Kreilach (seven goals, three assists) and Rubio Rubin (four goals, three assists) in red-hot form, Real Salt Lake is a dangerous opponent right now. Freddy Juarez’s men sit level with seventh-place Portland on 16 points after pushing LAFC all the way on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy suffered a shock loss to Vancouver last time out, meaning they have now lost two of their past three games. The Carson club is still in a strong position, but RSL will be eager to close the gap this weekend.
Remarkably, the Galaxy has yet to draw a match this year – registering eight wins and five losses. They have to draw at some point, right?
Los Angeles FC to Beat Portland Timbers
When you look at the five-game form table, Los Angeles FC is right at the top of the Western Conference. Bob Bradley’s men have won four of their previous five games, conceding just three goals in the process.
Diego Rossi (2020 Golden Boot) and Carlos Vela (2019 MVP) both scored as LAFC beat RSL last weekend. If both stars continue to shine, the Black & Gold will be difficult to stop.
The Timbers, on the other hand, have yet to find their feet this year. Having lost more games than they’ve won, I can see them suffering another defeat at the hands of Bradley’s in-form LAFC on Wednesday.
My MLS Picks for Wednesday, July 17 (2021)
Now that I’ve made my MLS predictions for Wednesday’s game, it’s time to check out this week’s top Major League Soccer betting picks.
Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC
I predicted that Columbus and Nashville would draw, but backing the draw is always a risky bet. Instead, I recommend taking advantage of the goal-based markets for this matchup.
Both Columbus and Nashville have been involved in seven matches that have produced less than three goals this season. With the two sides going head-to-head on Wednesday, another low-scoring encounter is on the cards.
- Pick: Under 2.5 Goals (1.70)
New York City FC vs. CF Montreal
Considering that no team in the East has picked up more points than Montreal across the past five games, I’m struggling to figure out why the Canadians are priced at 7.00 to win this one, especially when you consider that NYCFC has suffered back-to-back losses.
You could use the double chance market to back both the draw and away win here, but that only presents odds of 2.70. Purely for the potential profit, I’m going with the Montreal win.
- Pick: CF Montreal to Win (7.00)
Inter Miami vs. New England Revolution
Inter Miami is priced at 2.90 to win this match, while New England is at 2.20. Given that Miami is rock bottom and New England is flying high atop the East, the odds for the away win are seriously generous here.
Still, you can enhance the price by adding the over 1.5 goals market onto the New England win. Ten of the Rev’s 14 games have produced at least two goals this season, so I can see them enjoying plenty of success against struggling Miami.
- Pick: New England Revolution to Win and Over 1.5 Goals (2.80)