New England Revolution v Real Salt Lake
Both teams are in need of points in their respective playoff quest. The Revolution have been hard to beat under Bruce Arena only losing twice since early May. However, a number of draws in recent weeks have somewhat stifled their progress. The Revs have only won 1 of their last 7 games although have been on the road a lot recently. They remain inside the Eastern Conference playoff positions but have teams like Montreal and Chicago breathing down their necks. The gap to those sides is just three points so New England could do with winning this match to give them some breathing space. For the most part they’ve been pretty formidable at Gillette Stadium and this is the sort of location that nobody enjoys visiting.
Real Salt Lake actually sits fourth in the Western Conference which is somewhat of a surprise. It doesn’t feel like they’ve been one of the better teams this season but things are so close in 2019 that fine margins are involved in terms of position. The problem for RSL has been their away form and on the road their record reads 3-3-9. This is perhaps ok compared to some teams but they are definitely beatable on their travels. Both teams have relatively few injuries to worry about but the team I fancy to win is New England. This feels like a more important match for them and I think they will be more focused. Bruce Arena should be able to find a tactical advantage and I like the idea of backing The Revs on a -0.75 Asian Handicap. You could just take them straight on the nose but this handicap is a juicer price.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: New England Revolution -0.75 at 2.060
LA Galaxy v Montreal Impact
I backed Montreal Impact last week at home to Cincinnati and I have to say they looked bloody awful. Bear in mind this was facing the worst side in MLS who had lost something like 15 of their last 20 games. It was a pathetic effort from the Impact who truth be told never looked like scoring during their 0-1 loss. The Canadian outfit decided to part ways with French manager Remi Garde a few weeks ago. This was a surprise to me because they hadn;t been doing too badly. New man Wilmer Cabrera had already been sacked by Houston Dynamo this year and so far doesn’t look like a great appointment. The Impact are still in playoff contention but are probably going to have to win all of their three remaining games to stand a chance. Right now, that doesn’t look like happening.
LA Galaxy meanwhile, roared back to form last weekend by hammering SKC 7-2! In the aftermath of that match Zlatan Ibrahimovic declared himself the ‘best player that MLS has ever seen’ Whether this is true or not is debatable but if he;s in the mood very few teams can stop him in this league. The Galaxy have been inconsistent of late but their home form has remained strong. They are still formidable at StubHub centre winning 10 out of 15 matches. That aforementioned victory last week propelled them to 5th in the Western Conference but with so many teams breathing down their necks it’s imperative they keep winning. I strongly fancy the Galaxy to win this match and I’m surprised such generous odds are currently being offered on a -1 Asian Handicap line. As big as 2.11 can be snapped up at the time of writing and I’m all over this one. Montreal look like they are done to me and Galaxy are much the better side anyway. They take this one comfortably in my opinion.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: LA Galaxy -1.00 at 2.110
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.
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