Week 3 MLS Predictions and Top Betting Picks for Saturday, March 12, 2022

| March 10, 2022 6:15 am PDT

Week 3 of the 2022 Major League Soccer season kicks off this Saturday, March 12. With a whopping 12 games on Saturday’s schedule, there is no shortage of MLS betting opportunities.

In this post, I will be sharing my Week 3 MLS predictions for Saturday – covering all 12 clashes. I will take an in-depth look at four featured games before providing my predictions for the remaining eight matchups.

I will also be going over the best MLS bets for Saturday, March 12. If you’re planning to wager on Major League Soccer this weekend, then you have come to the right place!

LA Galaxy to Beat Seattle Sounders

The Galaxy is one of four teams with a 100% record heading into Week 3. Along with Austin FC, New York Red Bulls, and DC United, the Californians are two for two.

Greg Vanney’s boys kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 victory over New York City, the defending MLS Cup champion. They claimed another 1-0 win last weekend, beating newcomer Charlotte FC in front of a record crowd in North Carolina.

By contrast, the Sounders have suffered two 1-0 losses this season. They were beaten by Nashville on the opening weekend before losing to Real Salt Lake in Week 2.

It is no secret that Seattle has featured in four of the previous six MLS Cup finals, but the Washington outfit has made a terrible start to the new season. That’s why I’m backing the Galaxy to win again this weekend.

New England Revolution to Beat Real Salt Lake

Having taken four points from a possible six, the Revs appear to have picked up where they left off last year. The 2021 Supporters’ Shield winners broke all kinds of records while dominating the regular season.

After drawing 2-2 with Portland in Week 1, New England beat Dallas 1-0 last weekend. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Carles Gil already has a goal and an assist under his belt.

Granted, Real Salt Lake got the better of Seattle last time out. But they also failed to beat Houston on the opening weekend. Judging by their early-season efforts, they look set to endure another inconsistent campaign.

Thanks to the arrival of Sebastian Lletget and Jozy Altidore, the Revs look even stronger this year. They shouldn’t struggle to overcome RSL on Saturday.

Orlando City to Beat FC Cincinnati

Like New England, Orlando has collected four points this season. Goals from Alexandre Pato and Benji Michel saw the Lions claim a 2-0 victory over Montreal in Week 1. Last weekend, they played out a goalless draw with Chicago.

Not only have the Lions avoided defeat so far, but they have also kept two clean sheets. That is not good news for lowly Cincinnati.

As expected, Cincy has made a terrible start to the campaign. The three-time Wooden Spoon winners (if you can even call them winners) have already suffered two defeats. Worse still, they have conceded six goals without reply.

Following a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Austin, the Ohio outfit lost 1-0 to DC United last time out. I expect unbeaten Orlando to inflict a third straight defeat on Cincinnati this weekend.

DC United to Beat Chicago Fire

It’s fair to say that Hernan Losada’s men were unlucky to miss the playoffs last season. Indeed, they finished just one point outside the top seven in the Eastern Conference – despite sealing more wins than four teams above them.

It is clear that DC United is eager to make amends for last season’s shortcomings. Having claimed clean-sheet wins over Charlotte and Cincinnati, the Black-and-Red heads into Week 3 with a perfect record in 2022.

On the flip side, Chicago has registered two goalless draws. Although Ezra Hendrickson’s boys have yet to lose a game in 2022, they have also failed to score a single goal.

I’m backing DC to secure a third consecutive victory this weekend. Led by Ola Kamara and Michael Estrada, who both have two goals to their name this season, the club from the capital should claim all three points without any real problems.

Remaining MLS Predictions for Saturday, March 12

  • New York City FC to Beat CF Montreal
  • Los Angeles FC to Beat Inter Miami
  • Columbus Crew and Toronto FC to Draw
  • Houston Dynamo to Beat Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Philadelphia Union to Beat San Jose Earthquakes
  • Nashville SC to Beat FC Dallas
  • Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City to Draw
  • Portland Timbers to Beat Austin FC

I expect New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, and Portland to claim home wins on Saturday. Meanwhile, LAFC and Nashville should secure road victories against Inter Miami and Dallas, respectively.

I can see both Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC and Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City ending in a draw. I’m confident that both of those matchups will prove to be close-fought battles.

Top MLS Betting Picks for Saturday, March 12

New York City FC vs. CF Montreal – New York City FC to Win1.60
DC United vs. Chicago Fire – DC United to Win1.95
Portland Timbers vs. Austin FC – Over 3.5 Goals2.25
Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Both Teams to Score1.85

Backing NYCFC and DC to win on home soil makes a lot of sense. The defending MLS Cup champions shouldn’t struggle to overcome Montreal, while Losada’s boys will be confident of notching their third straight victory over goalless Chicago.

Elsewhere, Portland and Austin look set to dish up plenty of goals in Oregon. Let’s not forget that Austin crushed Cincinnati 5-0 in Week 1 before thrashing Inter Miami 5-1 last time out.

As for the Earthquakes, they lost 3-1 to RBNY before drawing 3-3 with Columbus. Having scored four goals and conceded six across their opening two matches, they are destined to both score and conceded when they visit Philly.

If you’re betting on Major League Soccer, be sure to use only the top-ranked MLS betting sites.

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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