New England Revolution v Columbus Crew – Sunday 00:30
New England were disappointing at home to New York City on Wednesday night, losing 0-1 in a match they probably should’ve gotten something out of. But missed chances ultimately cost them, even though there was a touch of fortune about NYC’s goal. Everyone presumed the arrival of Kei Kamara would solve their striker problems. He has only scored twice so far though, both of which came in one match. He hasn’t made the impact they hoped (yet) and continues to drift too far wide for my liking. He is most effective when completely central. The Revs have only lost twice at home all year and are usually strong at the Gillette Stadium. However, heading into the match on the back of three defeats, plus a short week of rest is hardly ideal.
The Crew are another side who have badly underachieved so far this season. Last year’s beaten MLS Cup finalists are languishing second bottom of the Eastern Conference and really need to pick up form if they are to make the playoffs this term. They have won just 1 of their last 9 games and problems in all areas of the field have plagued them this year. Key playmaker Federico Higuain is still out injured and their top defender Gaston Sauro is sidelined until next season with an ACL. On the positive side, Ola Kamara has at least been scoring goals and seems one of the hotter strikers in MLS right now. The Crew have yet to win away from home this season and that’s hardly a surprise. Even during their run to the MLS Cup final they weren’t particularly known for being good on the road.
All the focus and attention will be on Kei Kamara here. He was traded to New England a couple of months ago after falling out with Columbus. In 2015 he was one of the best strikers in MLS but this term he’s been poor for both Columbus and also his new team New England Nevertheless, he’ll be super motivated to deliver the goods here and how often do players like him come back and haunt their old side? It’s uncanny how frequently it occurs! I think we will see quite an open game. Neither team can defend properly at the moment. Despite both attack forces being hit or miss, I sense there will be at least three goals here. I’m surprised the goal line offered is a straightforward 2.5 at a decent price. I personally had this down as an odds-on over 2.75 line all day long. So I will happily back this over and I could see the match ending something like a 2-2 draw.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals at 1.85
Real Salt Lake v Montreal Impact – Sun 03:00
RSL definitely should’ve won last week against DC United. It was a match they dominated from start to finish but a late equaliser condemned them to just a draw. On another day they might’ve won 2 or 3 nil but a number of great saves from DC United’s Bill Hamid denied them. Nevertheless, performance wise there were loads of positives to take out of the affair. RSL have been much improved this season, so much so that they currently reside third in the Western Conference table. They will always be really difficult to beat at their high altitude home and the attacking trio of Movsisyan, Martinez and Plata have been superb so far. The squad is in good condition with only midfielder Sunny ruled out through injury.
Montreal had a great come from behind win against New England in their previous match. Trailing 0-2, it looked like they were in massive trouble but they scored three goals in the space of 15 mins to eventually win 3-2. I’m sure that turnaround will really give everyone a major boost at the club. What was more impressive is that Montreal managed this comeback without star striker Didier Drogba who was out with injury. It looks like the Ivorian will miss out again here, which is a blow, but the Impact know how to cope without him these days. Key playmaker Ignacio Piatti has been in good form recently and Montreal travel here having lost only one of their last nine games, so should be confident.
This should be a fairly exciting match. RSL have been much more positive this season and prior to their last two matches had been involved in a lot of over matches recently. Montreal meanwhile, have also been involved in a lot of higher scoring affairs, 6 of their last 8 games have ended over 2.5. It’s true that key centre back Laurent Ciman is back from international duty now but overall I see this being quite an end to end game. Both teams have been in attack mode recently and the bet I like is over 2.75 goals. That price is typically around the 1.90 which is more than acceptable. Neither team can be classed as boring at the moment so I’m hoping both deliver plenty of entertainment value again.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.92
Prices correct at time of writing.
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