New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union
The New York Red Bulls are absolutely flying. They’ve won 7 out of 10 MLS matches this season and truth be told a couple of their defeats can be put down to resting players when they were still involved in the NACL. They are only situated fourth in the Eastern Conference but have games in hand, which if won could see them go top of the pile. The Red Bulls average 2.6 goals per game, more than any other team in MLS and have been in excellent attacking form. Bradley Wright Phillips has been leading the line, netting 8 times but there have been a number of other fine contributors. It took new designated player Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Gamarra a little bit of time to find his feet in this league, but of late he’s been superb. Whether it be scoring goals, supplying assists or just causing general havoc, Kaku has caught the eye for sure.
Their opponents this weekend are a Philly team who aren’t in bad form themselves. They head into the contest having won back to back games at Montreal and then at home to Real Salt Lake. Some people have said that the Union have been unlucky not to pick up more points this season with a number of dominant displays not getting rewarded. As per usual, away form has been a real Achilles heel losing 4 out of 5 on the road. However, the victory at Montreal last time out should give them some confidence. Philly have quality in their ranks, the problem is lack of consistency. New signing Borek Dockal has been impressive but needs to convert more chances, whilst the same can be said about CJ Sapong. When the Union clicks like they did last week, it’s quite a fine sight, but from one week to the next you never know what this team will produce.
Philadelphia is a dark horse at the moment, but really only at home. In 4 of their 5 away matches, they haven’t even scored a single goal and been well beaten on a few occasions. The Red Bulls are the better team and I expect them to assert their authority on the fixture. In recent times they hammered NYCFC 4-0 and then went and beat Atlanta 3-1 away from home last weekend. That is some form that needs serious respect! I’m somewhat surprised that the Red Bulls can be grabbed on a -1 Asian Handicap around the 1.90 mark. I expected at least a -1.25 or -1.5 handicap and this needs to be snapped up. I’m also going to back over 3 goals at a slightly shorter price. The Red Bulls are always heavily involved in high scoring games and their contests average 3.8 goals per game this year. They could cover this line on their own, but some recent sighs are that Philly is starting to find their scoring boots, so could contribute towards this bet as well.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: New York Red Bulls -1.00 at 1.880
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 1.830
Los Angeles FC v DC United
Bob Bradley’s LAFC side suffered their first defeat in seven games last week when they went down 1-2 against the Portland Timbers. They still remain excellently situated 2nd in the Western Conference though, which is a superb effort considering they are a brand new franchise for 2018. The LAFC squad might not have the greatest of depth but that has perhaps worked in their favour. Bradley has been able to name relatively consistent XIs and this has probably helped the rhythm and dynamics of the team. It has helped that their quartet of forwards, Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Latif Blessing and Marco Urena have all been in excellent form. At the back, they are well marshalled by Laurent Ciman in particular, whilst surprise utility midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye has also caught the eye. They are a team enjoying their football and high in confidence.
And the home team should really be eyeing up another victory here. DC United travel here on the back of a rare away victory but for the most part, they have been in terrible form this year. United actually looked good during their 3-1 victory at San Jose. Truth be told, they should’ve really scored more goals but the Earthquakes were terrible, and I mean terrible in that fixture! They gifted United a bunch of chances and goals with some pathetic football. There is no way LAFC will be so generous, although DC should take some heart from their performance. In that fixture, they reverted back to a 4-1-4-1 formation which was successful for them a couple of years ago. In Yamil Asad they have a real top quality player who can make a big difference if in the mood. But they also have too many weak links who make regular mistakes.
United have been playing some very attacking football in recent weeks and seem unafraid to have a go, even away from home. They can be a threat going forward, but last week was a rare instance when they actually took their opportunities. Usually, they mess things up when in front of goal. This should be an exciting game of football in which both teams try to push forward. Ultimately, LAFC have the better quality players and more reliable finishers which is why I’m happy to side with them on a -0.75 Asian Handicap. The United defense will probably yield too many big chances which the likes of Vela should take. An even more confident selection of mine for this game is over 3 goals. I’m expecting a frantic affair, full of action and this line really should be covering fully.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Los Angeles -0.75 at 1.800
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 1.880
Preview By: @Meatmansoccer