Predictions and Best Bets for MLS Games on Wednesday, October 20

| October 18, 2021 10:51 am PDT

There is a jam-packed midweek Major League Soccer schedule for us to get our teeth into this week, with 12 games taking place on Wednesday, October 20.

Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, and New York Red Bulls are the only teams sitting out of Wednesday’s action, giving us tons of opportunities to win money.

Before we get stuck into my MLS predictions and picks for Wednesday, let’s take a look at the matchups.

  • Inter Miami vs. Toronto FC
  • Orlando City vs. CF Montreal
  • FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire
  • Atlanta United vs. New York City
  • DC United vs. New England Revolution
  • FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles FC
  • Minnesota United vs. Philadelphia Union
  • Nashville SC vs. Colombus Crew
  • Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders
  • Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC

As you can see, there are plenty of standout fixtures on the midweek schedule. Below, I cover three high-profile games in detail before going over the rest of my MLS predictions for Wednesday.

Make sure you stick around for my top MLS betting picks, too!

Toronto FC to Beat Inter Miami

Inter Miami heads into Wednesday’s clash with Toronto FC on the back of a woeful 4-0 loss to Columbus Crew. That defeat means that Phil Neville’s side has now suffered six straight losses.

To make matters worse, the Herons have failed to score in each of their previous four outings. Despite the obvious threat of Gonzalo Higuain, Miami appears they have forgotten how to find the back of the net.

On the flip side, Toronto is enjoying a noticeable upturn at the moment. Not only have the Reds won four of their last six games across all competitions, but they also scored over 2.5 goals on three occasions in that time.

Given the contrasting form of these two sides, I’m backing free-scoring TFC to get the better of struggling Miami.

Orlando City to Beat CF Montreal

Following a five-game winless stretch, Orlando is heading in the right direction again. The Lions have taken seven points from their past three games, beating DC United and FC Cincinnati in the process.

It could be said that Daryl Dike has been the catalyst for Orlando’s upturn. The 21-year-old has scored in all but one of his previous four appearances, starring alongside ex-Manchester United winger, Nani.

Having managed to win just one of their last four matches, Montreal sits four points behind Orlando in the Eastern Conference. It is also worth noting that the Canadian have conceded over 1.5 goals in three of their past four outings.

With the Lions on the rise and the Canadians faltering, I expect Orlando to claim all three points on Wednesday.

Los Angeles FC to Beat FC Dallas

Despite seeing just 36% possession on Saturday, LAFC managed to secure a 3-1 victory over San Jose. Danny Musovski gave the hosts the lead after three minutes before Cristian Arango bagged a brace.

Arango has now scored eight goals in his last nine appearances following his move from Colombian side Millonarios. With Diego Rossi on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce and Carlos Vela sidelined through injury, Arango has quickly become LAFC’s main man.

Dallas, on the other hand, has failed to win any of their last seven matches. Worse still, they have managed just one victory in their previous 11 – registering four draws and six losses along the way.

Although Bob Bradley’s men have been pretty inconsistent throughout 2021, they shouldn’t struggle to overcome lowly Dallas – especially given Arango’s form.

Other MLS Predictions for Wednesday, October 20

  • FC Cincinnati and Chicago Fire to Draw
  • Atlanta United to Beat New York City
  • New England Revolution to Beat DC United
  • Philadelphia Union to Beat Minnesota United
  • Nashville SC to Beat Columbus Crew
  • Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy to Draw
  • Seattle Sounders to Beat Colorado Rapids
  • Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps to Draw
  • San Jose Earthquakes to Beat Austin FC

I’m confident the two conferences leaders will return to winning ways on Wednesday. I’m backing Seattle to dispatch Colorado and New England to get the better of DC United.

I also expect Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and San Jose to pick up three points in midweek. Atlanta and Philly are in excellent form at the moment, while Nashville is due a win.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a handful of draws on Wednesday, too. FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire brings together two of the worst teams in the East, while a revived Huston outfit could frustrate the struggling Galaxy.

Best MLS Bets for Wednesday, October 20

  • Atlanta United to Beat New York City (2.50)
  • Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Over 2.5 Goals (1.90)
  • Philadelphia Union to Beat Minnesota United (3.60)
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC – Under 2.5 Goals (2.10)

Not only have the Five Stripes won four of their last seven games, but they have also won nine of their previous 12. With that in mind, they should dispatch the Bronx Blues, who are without a victory in five.

19 of Portland’s 29 games this year have produced over 2.5 goals (66%). Considering they are averaging 3.2 goals per game in 2021, the Timbers are likely to dish up a high-scoring encounter with Vancouver.

Philadelphia heads into Wednesday’s clash with Minnesota on a six-match unbeaten stretch (4 wins, 2 draws). Given the Loons have won just one of their last four outings, I’m backing the visitors to overcome the hosts at Allianz Field.

Lastly, I can see San Jose and Austin producing a low-scoring affair. The Texans are the lowest scorers in the West, while only three teams have scored more than the Quakes.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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