Columbus Crew v FC Cincinnati
The Crew are suddenly in better form after a torrid run of defeats which set them back in May and June. They remain second bottom of the Eastern Conference but an unbeaten run of 4 games has somewhat steadied their ship. There’s no doubt that an element of luck was involved last week away at San Jose in which they were second best, but somehow managed to grind out a 1-1 draw. Perhaps it’s a good sign for them that their luck is changing. To be fair, they were facing an extremely in-form Quakes last weekend and nobody could’ve expected them to go there and outplay them. Grinding out a result was always their best and only real hope. There have been enough positive signs to suggest that the Crew are back to some degree of form though. Victory at the Red Bulls and a win vs Montreal were entirely deserved.
FC Cincinnati are rock bottom of the Eastern Conference and look an odds-on shot to win the wooden spoon this season. It’s been a hard learning curve for the new MLS franchise and they’ve lost a lot of games in 2019. About a month ago FCC managed to pick up a couple of wins in a row which surprised everyone. However, normal service has been resumed and they head into this match on a four game losing streak. The Ohio club have been competitive though and on another day might have picked up something against both Toronto and Vancouver.
It’s no surprise to see Columbus as a -1 Asian Handicap favourite here. They probably should win but with such high expectations on their shoulders I’m not sure it’ll suit them. Cincinnati have nothing to lose and I expect they will have a go here and try to exploit the Crew at the back. This is a battle between the two bottom sides in the Eastern Conference and it should lead to an open game of football. Often in this sort of situation both teams fancy their chances of victory leading to less inhibitions. A goal line of 2.75 seems quite favourable to me. Cincinnati can’t defend whilst the Crew appear to have regained their mojo in front of goal.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.900
Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo
The Union have been very up and down recently. Their last four matches have included a couple of 0-4 beatings on the road but also a couple of wins. They absolutely battered DC United 5-1 away from home last Sunday night in what was an extremely impressive performance. Philly have been one of the big surprises in MLS this season and remain top of the Eastern Conference. Whether they can stay there is a different question entirely but they look set for a decent playoff berth this season and maybe for once they can go on a deep run. Only LAFC have scored more than their 46 goal tally and this is an offense that often goes under the radar in terms of its quality. Top scorer is striker Kacper Przybylko with ten goals but a number of other players have chipped in. The return from injury of midfielder Jamiro Monteiro should really aid their cause.
Philly have a pretty solid home record of 7-2-3 and can generally be relied upon to perform at the Talen Energy Stadium. This weekend they welcome a Houston Dynamo outfit that have lost a lot of matches recently. At the time of writing their Thursday night fixture away at NYCFC is unknown but it’s unlikely they will get much out of that contest. The Dynamo have lost 8 out of 10 away matches this term and usually stink the place out on their travels. To be brutally honest Wilmer Cabrera’s men have endured a torrid time recently and haven’t had much to celebrate. They started the season well but have a tendency to miss a lot of chances and the lack of any ‘Plan B’ is a regular hinderance.
I am expecting Philadelphia to win this match very comfortably. They are definitely the better of the two sides and with home advantage it looks like a no brainer to bet on them in this situation. For the Dynamo the recent schedule goes against them this weekend. It will be their second away match in the space of three days which either means the players will be physically shattered or a much weaker starting XI will be named. It all bodes well for the Union who only have a -1 Asian Handicap line to cover in this match. I fully expect this handicap to extend to -1.25 or even -1.5 closer towards kick off, certainly if Houston take a beating at NCYFC on Thursday night. At worst, the Union should take the 3 points anyway. In all likelihood the margin of victory will be two goals or more.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Philadelphia Union -1.00 at 1.900
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.