Orlando City v Colorado Rapids
It must be said that Orlando City are an extremely difficult side to work out this season. You never know which version of them will show up. Will it be the side that performed so well against NYCFC and the Red Bulls, or the version which stunk up the park vs Montreal? Orlando also played fairly well against DC United last week and were unlucky to lose. I am almost willing to believe that the Montreal loss was a ‘one off’ but it concerns me how they often play down a level against poorer teams. That could again be the case this weekend as they welcome a weak looking Colorado team to Florida. Everyone knows how Orlando have problems in front of their own fans and they have one of the poorest home field advantages in the whole MLS. Quite why that is I’m not sure, but teams clearly like visiting them.
The Rapids travel here winless in 2019 and already find themselves in the lower reaches of the Western Conference. I don’t think they have been quite as bad as some of their results might suggest, but this is a team that has been used to losing a lot in recent years. It feels like a funk which is difficult to get out of and they head into this affair on the back of a home beating 1-4 against Houston Dynamo. To put it simply, the Rapids have conceded way too many goals this year and it’s difficult to see how they will be able to keep it tight in Florida. Colorado do however carry more of a goal threat this season with the likes of Kei Kamara in their ranks. It might be that their best bet to get something out of the match is to attack and take advantage of Orlando’s own frailties.
I am expecting the home side to win this match but who could trust Orlando City at odds of 1.80? I certainly couldn’t because this is a side that has a regular knack of cocking up in favourable games they are expected to win. The Montreal match was an example of this and it’s like they have a false sense of security when against the poorer outfits. It is probably the case that someone like Colorado will fancy their chances of actually scoring a goal or two as well. With that in mind, I think over 2.75 goals is probably the best pick for this game. If you wanted to be greedier then over 3 is also a possible option. I personally see this being quite an open game of football in which both sides will fancy their chances of winning though. It wouldn’t make much sense for it to be a closed and tight sort of affair.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.850
Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake
The Sounders lost their 100% record last week as they drew 0-0 away against Vancouver Whitecaps. Perhaps that was a slight surprise but it was a rivalry fixture in the ‘Cascadia Cup’ so perhaps it wasn’t a total shock to see Vancouver perform quite well. An away point in MLS is never a bad thing though and Seattle can be very pleased with their start to the season. They are right up there in the early stages of the campaign and confidence is high. Previous home matches in 2019 resulted in easy 4-1 and 2-0 wins against Cincinnati and Colorado respectively. They were scoring for fun before the 0-0 blank last week but I expect Seattle’s attack to get right back on track here. The Sounders are always immensely strong at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle take on an RSL side that has now lost its last three consecutive matches. They have only one victory to their name this season, which was a nervous 1-0 at home to Vancouver. More was expected of the team from Utah, and they shipped 4 goals last week at home to FC Dallas. I haven’t been particularly impressed with their performances and I can envisage another struggling night for Mike Petke’s men. Real Salt Lake aren’t known for strong away results and I would expect Seattle to dominate in every department here. A couple of weeks ago RSL were relatively competitive at LAFC and only lost 2-1 in that fixture, but there’s every chance this could be a larger defeat.
Team news is again favourable for Seattle Sounders. Their usual injury crisis has yet to happen as of yet and there is a real feeling of consistency within the side. The home team can be backed on a -1.25 Asian Handicap around the 1.95 mark. This looks worth taking in my opinion because at worst I think Seattle will win by one goal. That margin of victory can’t be ruled out, but I would expect them to score 2 or 3 goals here and probably not concede many chances. RSL are a team heading in a downwards direction at the moment and it looks like a good time to be betting against them.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Seattle Sounders -1.25 at 1.950
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.
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