Predictions and Best Bets for MLS Games on Wednesday, September 15 (2021)
Looking for some MLS games to bet on this week? Don’t worry, there is full midweek Major League Soccer schedule on the horizon, with eight matches taking place on Wednesday, September 15.
In this post, I will be sharing my MLS predictions for all of Wednesday’s games, along with a handful of top betting picks. Before we get stuck into my predictions for MLS matches on Wednesday, let’s take a look at the fixture list.
- Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati
- DC United vs. Chicago Fire
- Orlando City vs. CF Montreal
- Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United
- Austin FC vs. Los Angeles FC
- Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids
- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
- LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
Two of the top five go head-to-head in the Western Conference, with third-place Colorado visiting fifth-place Portland. Over in the East, Orlando welcomes Montreal for a top-seven battle.
Elsewhere, Austin will be hoping to move off the bottom of the standings out West, although the first-year club faces a tricky test against in-form LAFC.
Here are my MLS predictions for Wednesday, September 15.
Atlanta United to Beat FC Cincinnati
Following a shaky mid-season period, the Five Stripes have transformed themselves into one of the strongest sides in the Eastern Conference. Indeed, they have won five of their previous six matches and now sit just a single point outside the playoff spots.
After beating Columbus, LAFC, Toronto, and DC United in August, Atlanta kicked off September with a commanding 3-0 victory over Orlando last weekend.
Although Cincinnati managed to claim a 2-0 win against Toronto last time out, the Ohio outfit remains second from bottom in the standings – ten points behind Atlanta.
Jaap Stam’s men snapped a lengthy 12-game winless streak at the weekend, having registered seven draws and five losses since beating TFC all the way back in June. Unfortunately, they look set to return to losing ways against high-flying Atlanta.
DC United to Beat Chicago Fire
After suffering three straight defeats, DC United has turned things around in recent weeks. The Black-and-Red sealed a hugely impressive 3-1 victory over Philly a fortnight ago, before drawing with RBNY on Saturday.
Ola Kamara grabbed DC’s only goal last time out, meaning he has now netted 12 goals in his last 13 MLS appearances. The former Columbus and LA Galaxy star is arguably the most in-form striker in Major League Soccer right now.
Chicago, on the other hand, has taken a turn for the worse of late. Raphael Wicky’s men enjoyed a run of one defeat in six matches not so long ago, but they have since lost three of their previous four outings.
With DC on the up and Chicago on the slide, I’m backing the Black-and-Red to claim all three points on Wednesday.
Orlando City and CF Montreal to Draw
Although third-place Orlando leads seventh-place Montreal by seven points in the Eastern Conference, there hasn’t been much to separate the teams recently. In fact, both sides have taken eight points from their past five matches – recording two wins, two draws, and one loss in the process.
The Lions were enjoying a seven-game unbeaten streak before losing to Atlanta last Friday. They were outclassed in almost every department at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so they will be eager to make amends on Wednesday.
That said, Montreal will be difficult to beat. The Canadians have only lost two of their previous seven outings, picking up two wins and three draws along the way.
Considering the similarities between these two sides at the moment, I can see this one ending in a draw. This is likely to be a closely-fought encounter between two evenly matched teams.
Sporting Kansas City to Beat Minnesota United
Sporting KC snapped a four-match winless streak on Saturday, clinching a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chicago. Still, having drawn three of their four games in the lead-up to Saturday’s win, the club remains in a strong position.
Not only have the Wizards lost one of their last eight MLS matches, but they have also lost just two of their previous 14. As a result, they find themselves second in the Western Conference – two points shy of first-place Seattle.
On the flip side, sixth-place Minnesota now sit 12 points behind SKC after a poor run of results. The Loons have only managed to win two of their past eight outings, registering four draws and two losses in the process.
I’m pretty confident that Sporting KC will dispatch off-form Minnesota without any real issues on Wednesday.
Los Angeles FC to Beat Austin FC
All of a sudden, LAFC is performing like a top team again. An eight-match winless run across July and August threatened to derail the Black & Gold’s season, but they have bounced back in style – securing two hefty wins.
After crushing SKC 4-0 a fortnight ago, Bob Bradley’s side beat Real Salt Lake 3-2 on Sunday. New signing Cristian Arango bagged a brace last time out, taking his tally to four goals in six appearances since moving to the US from Colombian side Millonarios.
With Carlos Vela sidelined through injury and Diego Rossi on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce, it is difficult to overstate the importance of Arango’s contributions.
As for Austin, they suffered a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Houston last time out. The Texans have now lost six of their last seven matches – and nine of their previous 11!
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing Arango and co. to inflict yet another defeat on helpless Austin.
Colorado Rapids to Beat Portland Timbers
It feels like Colorado doesn’t really know how to lose a game of soccer at the moment. I mean, the Rapids have suffered just a single defeat in their last 13 outings and head into Wednesday’s meeting with the Timbers on an eight-match unbeaten streak.
Across the past 20 games, no team in the West has picked up more points than Robin Fraser’s men. Although they don’t score too many goals, they have conceded at a rate of just under a goal a game this year – giving them the second-best defensive record in the division.
By contrast, the Timbers have the worst defensive record in the Western Conference. They have conceded a whopping 39 goals in 23 matches this season, five more than last-place Austin.
Despite sitting just two places behind the Rapids in the standings, Portland trails Colorado by nine points. With that in mind, I expect the Rapids to expose the Timbers’ leaky backline and seal maximum points on Wednesday.
San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake to Draw
Having drawn eight of their last 12 games, the Earthquakes have been stuck just outside the playoff places for what feels like forever. Sure, they have suffered just one defeat in that time. But they have only managed to pick up three wins, too.
If San Jose doesn’t start turning draws into wins soon, the club can wave goodbye to a top-seven finish.
Funnily enough, Real Salt Lake doesn’t really deal in draws. In fact, the Claret & Cobalt have only tied two of their previous 14 outings and haven’t registered a single draw in any of their last eight matches.
Although RSL has claimed two wins more than San Jose this year, the Quakes have suffered one less defeat. For that reason, I can see the hosts frustrating the visitors at PayPal Park, meaning the points are likely to be shared.
LA Galaxy to Beat Houston Dynamo
Following 16 failed attempts, Houston finally won a soccer match on Saturday. After beating Vancouver all the way back in May, the Dynamo suffered eight draws and eight losses before eventually beating Austin 3-0 last time out.
Still, the likelihood of the Texans recording back-to-back wins is pretty slim.
The Galaxy, meanwhile, sites fourth in the Western Conference – 15 points clear of second-bottom Houston. Despite going through a difficult period lately, I expect Greg Vanney’s men to returning to winning ways this week.
The Los Angeles club has clinched 11 victories this season, while only four teams in the entire league have secured more. Considering the Dynamo sits on four wins, the Galaxy shouldn’t struggle to add another victory to their tally.
Best MLS Bets for Wednesday, September 15
Let’s wrap things up by checking out my top MLS picks for Wednesday, September 15. Remember – always shop around at the leading Major League Soccer betting sites to find the best odds.
Austin FC vs. Los Angeles FC
Backing the away win is a no-brainer here, at least in my opinion. Austin heads into Wednesday’s clash on a three-match losing streak, while LAFC is coming off two big victories.
When you look at the bigger picture, Austin trails LAFC by 11 points. On top of that, the Texans have lost 14 of their 23 inaugural-season games. Given that you can more than double your money by backing Bradley’s boys, I can’t look past the away win.
- Pick: Los Angeles FC to Win (2.10)
Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids
As I mentioned, Colorado’s defensive record is nothing short of remarkable. Conversely, Portland has struggled for goals all season. With that in mind, backing the Rapids to achieved a shutout on Wednesday could prove to be hugely profitable.
Fraser’s men have kept five clean sheets in their previous 12 outings and haven’t conceded more than one goal in each of their last three matches. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they prevent low-scoring Portland from finding the net.
- Pick: Colorado Rapids to Keep a Clean Sheet (4.00)
LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
The Galaxy has played 23 MLS matches this year, 16 of which have produced at least three goals. Not only are Vanney’s men the second-highest scorers in the West, but they also have the third-worst defensive record.
It is also worth noting that six of Houston’s previous eight games have dished up over 2.5 goals. If their recent results are anything to go by, this is destined to be a high-scoring affair.
- Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (1.80)