Predictions and Best Bets for Sunday’s MLS Games (August 8, 2021)
New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union headlines an exciting six-game MLS schedule this Sunday, August 8. The Revs currently sit eight points clear at the Eastern Conference summit, with third-place Philly among the chasing pack.
Elsewhere, the LA Galaxy could find themselves atop the Western Conference if they beat last-place Vancouver and other results go their way.
Here is Sunday’s MLS schedule in full.
- Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
- Inter Miami vs. Nashville SC
- New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
- San Jose Earthquakes vs. LAFC
- LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
- DC United vs. CF Montreal
If you’re betting on Major League Soccer this weekend, stay tuned for Sunday’s MLS picks. But first, let’s get stuck into my MLS predictions for Sunday, August 8.
Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls to Draw
Both Chicago and RBNY head into Sunday’s clash on the back of a goalless draw. The Fire frustrated New York City on Wednesday, while the Red Bulls were held by Cincinnati.
After starting the season strongly, the Red Bulls have tailed off lately. In fact, they have only managed to win one of their previous eight games and are currently on a five-match winless run.
Chicago has struggled all season, though. Having picked up just three victories in 17 outings this year, the Fire find themselves third from bottom in the East – one point ahead of last-place Inter Miami.
On paper, the Red Bulls should win this one. However, their recent performances suggest they probably won’t leave Illinois with all three points on Sunday.
Nashville SC to Beat Inter Miami
It’s fair to say that Nashville and Inter Miami have enjoyed contrasting fortunes since entering the league as expansion teams last year. While Nashville has adapted seamlessly, Inter Miami has struggled to get up to speed.
As a result, Gary Smith’s men sit fourth in the East and trail second-place Orlando by just a single point. The Herons, meanwhile, find themselves stuck at the foot of the standings – 15 points behind Nashville.
Granted, Phil Neville’s men have upped their game recently. Following six straight losses, they have managed to go unbeaten in their last three games. But there is no hiding from the fact that they remain at the bottom of the table.
Considering the Boys in Gold have only suffered one defeat all year, they should dispatch Miami without any issues.
New England Revolution to Beat Philadelphia Union
Although Philadelphia sits just two places behind New England, there is a colossal nine-point gap between them. After all, the Revs have won 11 of their 18 games this season, while the Union has only claimed seven victories.
It is worth noting, however, that Philly has only suffered four losses this year. Boasting the third-best defensive record in the conference, the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday.
On the flip side, the Revs are the top scorers in the East. They have netted 33 goals in 18 outings (1.83 goals per game), with Gustavo Bou (10 goals, 2 assists) and Carles Gil (2 goals, 9 assists) combining for 23 goal involvements.
With Gil currently sitting atop the 2021 MLS MVP power rankings, I’m backing New England to overcome Philly.
LAFC to Beat San Jose Earthquakes
LAFC had only recorded one loss in six games leading into Wednesday’s meeting with Sporting Kansas City. As it turned out, they ended up suffering a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Wizards.
Still, I expect Bob Bradley’s men to return to winning ways on Sunday. Not only do they sit five points ahead of San Jose in the Western Conference standings, but they also boast a far superior goal difference.
The Earthquakes have only managed to win one of their previous 13 matches, picking up six draws and six losses along the way. They have also failed to score more than one goal in each of their last five outings.
LAFC should get back on track with a relatively straightforward win at PayPal Park.
LA Galaxy to Beat Vancouver Whitecaps
No team in the West has won more games than the LA Galaxy in 2021. Although one draw and six losses have prevented Greg Vanney’s men from attaining the top spot, they currently sit just two points behind SKC and Seattle.
Even without injured DP Chicharito, the team has been scoring goals for fun of late. The Galaxy crushed Portland 4-1 last weekend before Efrain Alvarez netted the only goal of the game against Real Salt Lake to secure back-to-back wins for his side in midweek.
By contrast, the Whitecaps are the second-lowest scorers in the division. Oh, and they have only managed to register one victory in their past 12 encounters!
I’m confident that Vanney’s side will claim all three points on Sunday.
DC United to Beat CF Montreal
The Black-and-Red just keep on springing surprises, don’t they?
Despite seeing just 30% possession on Wednesday, DC United hammered Columbus 4-2 in Ohio, with Ola Kamara and Yordy Reyna both scoring twice. That win also saw Hernan Losada’s men leapfrog the Crew in the table.
As for Montreal, it feels like their season is going downhill. Following three straight losses, the Canadians drew 2-2 with Atlanta in midweek. Rudy Camacho and Victor Wanyama were both sent off against the Five Stripes, meaning they will miss Sunday’s game.
Given that Montreal heads into this match on a four-match winless streak, I can see DC extending their impressive run with another win this weekend.
The Best MLS Bets for Sunday, August 8
Let’s finish up by looking at the top MLS betting picks for Sunday’s games. If you like the look of my picks and want to try your luck, I recommend heading over the top-rated online sportsbooks to place your wagers.
Inter Miami vs. Nashville SC
With the home-field advantage on their side, Inter Miami (2.50) is the bookies’ favorite to win this game. However, the Herons are officially the worst team in Major League Soccer right now.
Having taken just 13 points from a possible 45 this year, last-place Inter Miami sits 15 points behind fourth-place Nashville (2.80). Needless to say, the huge price for the away win is difficult to ignore.
- Pick: Nashville SC to Win (2.80)
New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
With so much at stake towards the top end of the Eastern Conference, this is destined to be a cagey affair. Neither side will want to lose on Sunday, so we will not likely see many goals at Gillette Stadium.
11 of Philly’s 18 games have produced less than three goals this year, while the reigning Supporters’ Shield champs also boast the third-best defensive record in the East. For that reason, backing over 2.5 goals makes sense here.
- Pick: Under 2.5 Goals (2.25)
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
You can get odds of around 1.50 for the Galaxy to win this one, while Vancouver is priced at 5.00. Regardless, I think the both teams to score market presents excellent value here.
Vanney’s men are the second-highest scorers in the West, but they also have the joint-worst defensive record. On top of that, the Whitecaps head into Sunday’s clash on the back of successive 2-2 draws.
- Pick: Both Teams to Score (1.70)