Predictions and Best Bets for MLS Games on Wednesday, July 7 (2021)
We have another round of midweek MLS fixtures to get our teeth into this week, with eight games taking place on Wednesday, July 7.
It’s top vs. bottom in the Eastern Conference, as New England and Toronto go head-to-head at Gillette Stadium. Staying in the East, second-place Orlando welcomes third-bottom Chicago to Florida.
Over in the West, the Sounders will attempt to extend their lengthy unbeaten streak when Houston comes to town. Minnesota’s trip to Colorado also promises to be an intriguing clash.
Here is the full Major League Soccer schedule for Wednesday, July 7.
- New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC
- CF Montreal vs. New York City FC
- Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City
- Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United
- Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo
- Austin FC vs. Los Angeles FC
- Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake
- LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
This post is dedicated to sharing the top betting picks and MLS predictions for Wednesday, July 7. I give my predictions for every MLS game on Wednesday before providing my best MLS bets for July 7.
Let’s get right into it!
New England Revolution to Beat Toronto FC
Has the gulf between New England and Toronto ever been greater?
At the summit of the Eastern Conference, the Revs find themselves three points clear after losing just two of their 12 games this year. Oh, and let’s not forget that Bruce Arena’s men are the top scorers in the conference.
Down at the opposite end of the standings, the Reds are rock bottom. Not only have they managed to register just one victory this season, but they also head to Gillette Stadium on a six-match losing streak.
Having suffered a humiliating 7-1 thrashing to DC United last weekend, TFC looks set for even more misery against New England.
New York City FC to Beat CF Montreal
I think New York City will be pleased with how the 2021 campaign is panning out. I mean, they haven’t exactly been blowing their opponents away. But they have only lost three of their ten-game and sit fifth in the East as a result.
Granted, Montreal is also moving along nicely. The Canadians have also suffered just three defeats this term and currently boast the second-best defensive record in the division.
Only two sides in the East have netted more goals than NYCFC, though. Ronny Deila’s men are averaging 1.8 goals per game this season, while Montreal averages less than 1.1.
I expect Montreal to put up a decent fight, but I’m pretty confident that NYCFC has enough attacking firepower to down the Quebec outfit.
Orlando City to Beat Chicago Fire
Orlando City suffered a rare defeat last time out, losing 2-1 to the Red Bulls. Still, Oscar Pareja’s men find themselves second in the East, meaning they won’t fear struggling Chicago.
While the Lions have only lost two of their 11 games this season, the Fire have only won two matches in 2021. With a whopping 13-point gap between the two sides already, the gulf in quality is clear for all to see.
Ex-Manchester United star Nani has notched six goals and three assists in nine appearances this year. At the same time, fellow Orlando forwards such as Tesho Akindele, Chris Mueller, Benji Michel, and Daryl Dike have all chipped in.
Considering Chicago has the third-worst defensive record in the conference, the Lions – who are the second-highest scorers – should make light work of the Fire.
Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United to Draw
I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to this matchup. The Western Conference looks seriously strong this year – and both these teams head into Wednesday’s clash in solid form.
Having held high-flying Seattle to a draw at the weekend, Colorado sits fourth in the standings. The Rapids have won five of their previous eight outings and have already beaten Minnesota this season.
As for the Loons, they have recovered from a run of four straight losses at the start of the campaign – picking up four wins and three draws from their last seven games.
Ultimately, it is difficult to separate these two sides at the moment. For that reason, the draw is my Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United prediction.
Seattle Sounders to Beat Houston Dynamo
Will the Sounders lose a game this year? Well, I’m sure they will eventually. But right now, I just can’t see anyone beating them.
Although they have drawn five of their 12 matches this season, Brian Schmetzer’s men have yet to taste defeat. Consequently, they sit joint-top in the West and five points clear of third-place LA Galaxy.
They have been scoring plenty of goals, too, with Raul Ruidiaz netting nine times this term.
In fairness to the Dynamo, they have only suffered three defeats this year. That said, a conference-high six draws have prevented the Texans from challenging the top sides in the West.
I’m backing the Sounders to maintain their unbeaten record with an eighth win of the campaign on Wednesday.
Austin FC and Los Angeles FC to Draw
Let’s face it – the MLS newcomers give a good account of themselves in their maiden campaign, aren’t they?
Despite crushing Portland 4-1 last time out, Austin is still the lowest-scoring team in the West. However, only one side – Seattle – has a better defensive record than Los Verdes.
Due to the congested nature of the Western Conference, fifth-place LAFC sits just two points ahead of tenth-place Austin. Bob Bradley’s men claimed a narrow victory over Real Salt Lake in the previous round, yet they have only managed to win four of their 11 matches this season.
With Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi flattering to deceive, I wouldn’t be surprised if Austin upset the MLS odds here. In fact, Josh Wolff’s men will be brimming with belief after last weekend’s thrashing of the Timbers, so I can see them holding LAFC to a draw.
Real Salt Lake to Beat Vancouver Whitecaps
Following back-to-back draws with Seattle and Dallas, it could be argued that Vancouver has turned the corner. Still, there is no hiding from the fact that Marc Dos Santos’ side remains two points adrift at the foot of the standings.
Let’s not forget the Whitecaps suffered six defeats in seven games before managing to stop the rot.
Sitting four points ahead of Vancouver in the West, Real Salt Lake is enjoying a much-improved campaign. Freddy Juarez’s men have only lost three of their ten outings this term and ultimately find themselves just four points behind fourth-place Colorado.
With guys like Damir Kreilach and Rubio Rubin in red-hot form, RSL’s attackers are likely to seal the deal for their team on Wednesday.
LA Galaxy to Beat FC Dallas
After losing to Sporting Kansas City at the weekend, the Galaxy still hasn’t drawn a single game this season. Greg Vanney’s men sit third in the West with seven wins and four losses to their name – five points behind the frontrunners.
But at the other end of the pitch, the Galaxy struggles to keep the ball out of their own net.
Thankfully for Vanney’s men, they probably won’t be tested too much when Dallas comes to town. Indeed, the Texans have managed to pick up just two wins from 11 games this season and have only won one of their previous eight.
This should be a relatively straightforward win for the Galaxy.
Best MLS Bets for July 7, 2021
Right, you’ve had my MLS predictions for Wednesday, so now it’s time for the fun part! Here are my top MLS betting picks for July 7.
New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC
I’m kicking off my MLS picks for Wednesday with a safe bet. First-place New England is 19 points ahead of last-place Toronto in the East, giving me no choice but to back the Revs at 1.50.
The Canadians suffered a humiliating 7-1 hammering at the hands of DC last time out, meaning they head into Wednesday’s clash on a dismal six-game losing run.
Considering the Revs have only lost two of their 12 matches this season, a comfortable home win is on the cards here.
- Pick: New England Revolution to Win (1.50)
Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City
Many of the online betting sites view Chicago as the favorite to win this one. However, I’m backing Orlando to come away from Illinois with all three points.
Let’s not forget that Orlando currently leads the Fire by 13 points in the standings. Oh, and the Lions have only suffered two defeats this year, while Chicago has lost seven of their 11 outings.
The bookies have clearly taken home-field advantage into account when pricing up this game, but don’t let that fool you. At the end of the day, Orlando should claim the victory at Soldier Field.
- Pick: Orlando City to Win (2.60)
Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo
I have already touched on Seattle’s remarkable defensive record this season. The Sounders have only conceded eight goals in 12 games and have already managed to achieve five shutouts.
Admittedly, Houston carries a goal threat. But when the bookmakers offer odds of 2.50 for Seattle to keep a clean sheet, you can’t turn that down.
- Pick: Seattle Sounders to Keep a Clean Sheet (2.50)