Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

Los Angeles FC (10-3-3) hosts FC Dallas (7-4-5) at Banc of California Stadium Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

LAFC played the Eastern Conference’s 2nd-best team, the New York Red Bulls, Saturday. Despite having fewer shots, LAFC won 2-0, scoring both goals within 4 minutes of each other in the 2nd half.

LAFC is led by F Carlos Vela and the team has recently announced the signing of international stars F Gareth Bale and D Giorgio Chiellini waiting to join the club.

While they’ve added a few international studs, FC Dallas may have one of the USA’s most-talented players in F Jesus Ferreira. The 21-year-old is tied for the most goals in the MLS this season with 9.

FC Dallas also took the pitch last weekend, taking a 2-0 second-half lead on Austin FC yet drawing on the road. FC Dallas is 2-2-4 on the road this season and 1-3-1 in their last 5.

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Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Los Angeles FC -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | FC Dallas +360 (bet $100 to win $360) | Draw +300
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -165 | U: +133)

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Prediction

Los Angeles FC 2, FC Dallas 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN LOS ANGELES FC -140.

LAFC is absolutely the team to beat in the MLS right now. Even without Bale and company, they’re still the best team in the MLS. They’ve won 3 of their last 4 and are 4-1-1 at home over their last 6.

FC Dallas has been great this season and is deserving of a top-5 spot in the West, but on the road they’ve left quite a bit to be desired, going just 2-2-4. They’ve had as many or fewer expected goals in 6 of the 8 matches.

The opposite can be said for LAFC as they’ve had more expected goals in all but 1 game this season. Their record actually is a bit underwhelming considering how they’ve dominated games.

However, at this price, I’d still only place half a unit on the LAFC money line.

Over/Under (O/U)

LEAN OVER 2.5 (-165).

FC Dallas is a scoring machine that plays a high-pressure style.

That style bit them a few times Saturday as Austin FC had 2 goals despite just 1.2 expected goals. FC Dallas has scored in 5 of 8 road games and has allowed goals in 6 of 8.

Against LAFC, it’ll be a tougher mission, but the attack of Ferreira and F Paul Arriola, who has 8 goals on the season, should be able to get the roadside on the board.

Similarly, LAFC has not been shut out at home and has been limited to just 1 goal in 2 of 9 home matches this season. They’ve been dominant at home, but at this value, I’d prefer to couple the 2 sides together.

BEST BET: LAFC to win parlayed with OVER 1.5 goals (+105)

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Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

Toronto FC (5 wins, 8 losses, 3 draws) welcomes the Columbus Crew (4-5-6) to BMO Field Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

Toronto FC has been disappointing this season, but it was a 5-game losing streak that really broke the camel’s back. They’ve yet to draw on the road and have 5-3-0 home record.

They’re captained by former USMNT M Michael Bradley. However, it’s F Jesús Jiménez who leads the team in scoring with 7 goals on the season. Toronto is allowing 1.88 goals per game.

The Crew have also struggled to find any rhythm this season. Columbus sits below Toronto in the standings due to their 6 draws. They haven’t been able to close out games well.

Having scored just 18 goals this season, the Crew are led by 2021 All-Star M Lucas Zelarayán with a team-high 4 goals. The Crew are 1-2-5 on the road this season.

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Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Toronto FC +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Columbus Crew +170 (bet $100 to win $170) | Draw +250
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -125 | U: +102)

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Prediction

Toronto 2, Columbus 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN TORONTO +165.

Toronto has been absolutely awful on the road this season, but they’ve shown some life at home.

They have won 2 straight home games and have defeated the top 2 teams in their conference, NYCFC and Philadelphia, at BMO Field. Toronto has scored multiple goals in 5 of 8 home matches.

Columbus is coming off a Saturday draw at Real Salt Lake, so the turnaround from West Coast time back to East Coast along with the traveling may also pose a challenge.

While Columbus has more shots than Toronto on the season, they rank last in the MLS in shots on target. They’ve consistently failed to complete chances, and that should continue into their battle Wednesday.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 2.5 (-140).

Toronto is sloppy defensively, and it’s been tough to watch at times this season.

They’ve allowed 13 goals in 8 home matches and have gone over this total in all but one home battle, a 1-0 loss to Orlando Ciity. Even Columbus has topped this total in 4 of its last 7.

The Crew haven’t converted chances often, but they do rank in the top half of the league in passing rate. Against a weak defense, they should be able to break through at least once as moving the ball up the field should be far easier than against most other sides.

Toronto has the 2nd-most shots against in the MLS. The volume chances will be there for Columbus, and both sides should be able to convert the opportunities.

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FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

FC Cincinnati (7 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws) hosts New York City FC (8-4-3) at TQL Stadium Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

FC Cincinnati defeated Orlando City FC 1-0 at home last Friday, and they did so on the back of a dominant defensive effort, allowing just 0.2 expected goals. They’ve won 5 of their last 8 matches.

FCC is led by 23-year-old F Brandon Vazquez. With 8 goals on the season, Vazquez’s recent play has caught the eye of USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter. M Luciano Acosta is the team’s captain and has 8 combined goals and assists on the season.

As for NYCFC, they went on the road to Philadelphia and lost via a 96th-minute goal. Their lone goal of the 2-1 defeat was a penalty kick. NYCFC now sits 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC is led by F Valentín Castellanos with 8 goals on the season. It’s truly been their defense that has them sitting in 2nd place, having allowed just 13 goals in 15 matches.

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FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: FC Cincinnati +235 (bet $100 to win $235) | New York City FC +111 (bet $100 to win $111) | Draw +260
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -130 | U: +105)

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Prediction

FC Cincinnati 1, NYCFC 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN FC CINCINNATI OR TIE -135.

FC Cincinnati has played surprisingly well as of late. It looks like the expansion team, behind Vazquez is starting to figure things out.

While a 3-4-0 record at home may not look like success, FCC has had as many or more expected goals in all but 1 game, which was against the MLS’s best team, LAFC.

New York is coming off a disappointing effort against Philadelphia, and most of its success is based on thriving at home. NYCFC is just 2-3-1 on the road.

Also, Castellanos played a full 90 Sunday against the East’s best defense, Philadelphia. He may not see the full time again which would bode well for FCC.

Over/Under (O/U)

LEAN UNDER 2.5 (+105).

While I don’t have a strong play in this game, the plus-money value on the under is enticing.

In the 5 games that FCC has played against an opponent that has allowed under 20 goals on the season, they’re 2-3 O/U. NYCFC has one of the best defenses in the league and has gone under in 6 of their last 7.

The only time they failed to, Philadelphia scored a 96th-minute goal and NYCFC scored on an 89th-minute penalty. NYCFC only has 6 multi-goal games, and they’ve only scored 5 goals in their 6 road matches.

Signs point to the under being the better value here, but considering FCC’s defense, I wouldn’t put a full-unit bet on the total.

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Sunday’s Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves odds and lines, with MLB expert picks and predictions.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26) and Atlanta Braves (42-31) face each other in the rubber game of their 3-game series in Atlanta. First pitch in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game is at 7:08 p.m. ET at Truist Park. Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Dodgers vs. Braves odds with MLB picks and predictions.

The Dodgers lead the season series 3-2.

The Dodgers took Friday’s series opener 4-1, but lost 5-3 Saturday with starter Max Fried on the mound for the Braves. The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

The Braves have won 5 of their last 7 games and 19 of their last 23.

Dodgers at Braves projected starters

RHP Tony Gonsolin vs. RHP Spencer Strider

Gonsolin (9-0, 1.58 ERA) makes his 14th start. He has a 0.82 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9 and 8.4 K/9 in 68 1/3 IP.

  • Has won his last 5 starts and the Dodgers are 10-3 when he takes the mound.
  • Has not allowed more than 2 ERs in any outing this season, but has pitched into the 7th inning only once.

Strider (3-2, 3.40 ERA) makes his 6th start in 17 appearances. He has a 1.11 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9 and 13.6 K/9 in 47 2/3 IP.

  • Moved into the rotation at the end of May and his last 5 appearances have all been starts.
  • He is 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in his 5 starts.

Dodgers at Braves odds and lines

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  • Money line (ML): Dodgers -117 (bet $117 to win $100) | Braves -103 (bet $103 to win $100)
  • Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Dodgers -1.5 (+135) | Braves +1.5 (-170)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -125 | U: +100)

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Dodgers at Braves picks and predictions

Prediction

Dodgers 5, Braves 2

Money line

The Dodgers have the 2nd-most road wins in the majors with 24, but the Braves’ 24 home wins are tied for 2nd in baseball.

The Dodgers took 2 of 3 from the Braves in Los Angeles, losing the middle game. Gonsolin threw 6 scoreless, 1-hit innings in a 5-1 win over the Braves April 20.

Strider allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings in his last start.

Take the DODGERS (-117).

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Run line/Against the spread

When the Dodgers win, it is by multiple runs. Forty of their 44 wins this season have been by more than 1 run.

Of the Braves’ 31 losses, only 8 were by 1 run.

If you like the Braves to win, you are best sticking with the money line, as it is the more valuable wager. But if you think the Dodgers will win, the run line is where you want to bet because it pays out so much more. Take the DODGERS -1.5 (+135).

Over/Under

Gonsolin’s last start had 10 total runs but his 5 previous outings have 8 or fewer runs.

Only 1 of the 5 games between the 2 teams has had more than 8 runs.

Five of the Braves’ last 7 games had 8 or fewer runs.

Take UNDER 8.5 (+100).

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Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Sunday’s Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

The Philadelphia Union welcome New York City FC to Subaru Park Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

The Union are coming off a disappointing draw with FC Cincinnati. What’s more concerning is that FCC controlled the match despite being on the road. FCC had 55% possession and 4 more shots.

Philadelphia will look to bounce back, having fallen to 4th place on the Eastern Conference table. They’re still tied with NYCFC for the fewest goals allowed in the MLS at 11.

NYCFC have been dominant at home, but are just 2-2-1 on the road. They had an 8-game stretch earlier in the season, 6 of which were at home and 7 of which resulted in a win.

That’s helped jolt them to first in the conference. They have a league-high 8 clean sheets and have allowed the fewest shots against in the league. NYCFC haven’t lost since April 2.

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Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Philadelphia Union +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | New York City FC +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Draw +225
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -103 | U: -117)

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Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1, New York City FC 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW +240.

NYCFC hasn’t lost in almost 3 months, and after Phiiladellphia’s latest performance, I don’t have much confidence that’s going to change.

However, at the same time, NYCFC isn’t nearly as dominant on the road. Their most recent outing was a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United at Allianz Field.

Philadelphia won 5 of its first 6 games. In its last 8, it’s drawn 7, an extremely uncommon streak, but what that should tell bettors is that they play to the level of their opponent.

Those draws include 1 against the West’s top team, LAFC, and another against the 2nd-best team in the East, the New York Red Bulls.

Considering NYCFC’s struggles on the road along with Philadelphia’s ability to play to the level of their opponent, the DRAW +225 is my favorite play on the money line.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-117).

Philadelphia has only gone over this total 3 times this year. In 2 of those 3 matches, their opponents scored 3 combined goals yet had just 0.8 expected goals. NYCFC has gone under this total in 6 straight games.

The Union’s defense is among the best in the MLS, as is NYCFC’s. Both teams have a top-notch keeper as well. Philadelphia ranks No. 1 in save rate and No. 9 in shots against while NYCFC sits 1st and 5th in those respective categories.

Philadelphia also only has 20 goals in 15 games, and they’ve yet to allow multiple goals in a game to their opponent while at home.

Combine it all, and the UNDER 2.5 (-117) is my favorite bet in this game.

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LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Sunday’s LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

LAFC (9 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws) welcomes the New York Red Bulls (7-4-5) to Banc of California Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

LAFC sits atop the Western Conference and is looking to continue its trend as one of the premier clubs in the league, having announced the signing of former Real Madrid superstar F Gareth Bale.

Bale will not be available against the Red Bulls, but LAFC shouldn’t be concerned as it is 5-1-2 at home this season. It’s led by F Carlos Vela, who has 6 goals on the season. LAFC has won 2 of its last 3.

As for the Red Bulls, they sit second in the Eastern Conference with 26 points, 2 behind NYCFC. While scoring is how you win the game, New York has been dominant on the defensive end, allowing just 17 goals in 16 games.

N.Y. is led by 25-year-old Scottish F Lewis Morgan with 7 goals. New York has lost its last 2 road matches, both by 2-0, to newcomer Charlotte FC and Inter Miami.

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LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: LAFC -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | New York Red Bulls +295 (bet $100 to win $295) | Draw +265
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -120 | U: +100)

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Prediction

LAFC 1, New York Red Bulls 0

Money line (ML)

LEAN LAFC -110.

LAFC has amassed a level of talent that one just should not bet against. Led by Vela, LAFC also has M Kellyn Acosta who has 13 starts and has the 2nd-most minutes of any non-keeper.

LAFC has won 5 of 8 home matches and has had more expected goals than its opponent in all 8, which suggests that its a side that should be coming out on top more often than not.

New York started the season off strong away from home with 5 wins and a draw in 6 matches. But, they’ve since lost 2 road games, both to teams that are outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

Couple LAFC’s talent with their dominance at home along with the recent weaknesses New York has shown, and even at this value, I’d lean to LAFC.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (+100).

While LAFC has some attacking prowess, both teams are elite defensively.

New York’s 17 goals allowed rank tied for the 3rd-fewest in the conference. Although the West is a more defense-heavy conference, LAFC’s 17 goals allowed rank third as well.

LAFC has gone under this total in 4 of its last 7. The Red Bulls can 1-up that as they’ve gone under it in 5 of their last 7. They both rank in the top-6 clubs in shots against as well.

They’re well-coached, well-rounded clubs that should have a game plan set to counter the others’ strengths. Combine it all, and the UNDER 2.5 (+100) is my favorite play in the match.

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Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

The Portland Timbers (3 wins, 6 losses, 7 draws) host the Colorado Rapids (5-6-4) at Providence Park Saturday. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

Portland enters this battle 13th in the Western Conference. The Timbers are led in scoring by D Bill Tuiloma, who has 5 goals on the season.

The Timbers have lost 3 of their last 4 and only have 9 points at home in 7 home matches. Since entering the MLS in 2011, the Timbers haven’t finished outside the top 8 in the West, so this lack of success is recent.

The Rapids also haven’t been as dominant as last season, having topped the conference a year ago and now 9th. Colorado has 17 goals on the season and has allowed 18.

Colorado has struggled mightily on the road, accruing just 2 points in 7 matches. The Rapids are led in scoring by star F Diego Rubio with 7 goals. The rest of the team has 10 combined. They’re 2-3-1 in their last 6.

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Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Portland Timbers +122 (bet $100 to win $122) | Colorado Rapids +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | Draw +250
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -117 | U: -103)

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Prediction

Portland Timbers 1, Colorado Rapids 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW +250.

The Timbers will enter this game with the most draws in the MLS and 3 of those 7 ties have come at home.

Portland and its opponent have been within 0.5 of each other in expected goals, so despite playing Inter Miami and LA Galaxy, they’ve played to the level of their competition.

As for the Rapids, they’ve drawn 2 of 7 road games, losing 5.

That said, both Colorado and Portland rank in the bottom half of the league in passing percentage, so they aren’t overly efficient at getting the ball up the field.

While Portland has allowed 26 goals, that shouldn’t worry bettors because Colorado has scored just 17 in 15 matches. They aren’t a very attack-heavy side outside of Rubio.

Considering how they’ve played at home and weaknesses in passing, I’d lean to the draw.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-103).

The Timbers might have one of the worst defenses in the West, but they allowed 7 to Sporting KC which was a bruise to their numbers, causing them to be a bit inflated.

Portland games have gone under this total in 6 of its last 9. Colorado is a similar story, having gone under this total in 6 of its last 8.

They’ve scored just 1.13 goals per game, allowing just 1.2. The Rapids had the second-best defense in the West a season ago and still have a consistently efficient backline.

Given the form of both teams coming into this game, the Under 2.5 (-103) is my favorite bet.

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Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

Real Salt Lake (8 wins, 4 losses, 4 draws) welcomes Columbus Crew (4-5-5) to Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

Real Salt Lake has been among the several surprise clubs so far this season. They’re 2nd in the Western Conference with 28 points, and their success has been mainly at Rio Tinto Stadium where they’re unbeaten.

They’ve even drawn just once for a remarkable 6-0-1 home record. RSL is led by F Bobby Wood with 3 goals, but 6 players for RSL have scored at least twice this season.

As for the Crew, they’ve been on the other side, disappointing fans so far. There’s still time to turn things around, and with 2021 MLS All-Star M Lucas Zelarayán, it’s certainly possible. Columbus sits 11th in the East.

They’re led by Zelarayan’s 4 goals. The Crew have scored just 18 goals in 14 games, allowing 17. They’re one of 2 teams in the East outside of playoff position but with a positive goal differential.

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Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Real Salt Lake -118 (bet $118 to win $100) | Columbus Crew +330 (bet $100 to win $330) | Draw +265
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -103 | U: -117)

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Prediction

Real Salt lake 1, Columbus Crew 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW +265.

The Crew have drawn 4 times on the road this season, having played just 7 games away from Lower.com Field.

Columbus’ lone road losses were to Philadelphia and New York City FC, the latter of which beat RSL 6-0. Both sit top 3 in the Eastern Conference, so the Crew have otherwise been solid on the road.

Given RSL’s dominance at home, the odds swing heavily in their favor. However, their goal differential is just one as 6 of their 8 wins have been by 1 goal; 2 of their 4 losses have been by multiple goals.

For just a lean, I’d prefer the draw here.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-117).

The Crew have gone under this total in 4 of 7 road games.

Similarly, RSL is 8-8 O/U this total this season. RSL averages 1.25 goals per game and allows just 1.19. The Crew, on the other hand, are not a score-heavy side either. They averaged 1.29 goals per game and allow 1.21.

While I think that Columbus scores at least once, they have been held scoreless in 6 of its last 10. The Crew are 1-3 O/U over their last 4 games as well.

Considering neither team has a lethal scoring option and has a capable defense, I expect a low-scoring battle.

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Austin FC vs. FC Dallas odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Austin FC vs. FC Dallas odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

Austin FC (8 wins, 3 losses, 4 draws) welcomes FC Dallas (7-4-4) to Q2 Stadium Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Austin FC vs. FC Dallas odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

The Saturday headliner features 2 up-and-coming clubs. FC Dallas, sitting in 4th place, will look to avenge an ugly 2-0 loss to the 8th-place Vancouver Whitecaps. FC Dallas had lost 3 of its last 4.

They’re captained by USMNT F Jesus Ferreira, who has 9 goals this season, tied for the most goals in the league. FC Dallas has allowed a conference-low 15 goals.

Austin FC sits above FC Dallas in 3rd place. Austin has scored 29 goals on the season, the second-most in the West.

F Sebastián Driussi leads the team with 8 goals, but it’s truly a team effort as 7 players have scored multiple goals. Austin’s plus-11 goal differential is the 2nd-best in the conference.

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Austin FC vs. FC Dallas odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Austin FC +117 (bet $100 to win $117) | FC Dallas +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | Draw +260
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -140 | U: +115)

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Prediction

Austin FC 1, FC Dallas 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN TIE OR FC DALLAS -160.

The value on this line is why it’s only a lean. Given FC Dallas’ form as of late, this has become an attractive value. However, they’ve lost just 2 games outright, drawing 3 others.

FC Dallas has a 2-2-3 record on the road. Austin FC might be strong at home, but they’ve lost or drawn 4 of their last 6. They’re also 1-3-0 against top-6 teams in the Western Conference.

Dallas had a 9-game stretch earlier in the season without a loss and has one of the best defenses in the MLS. They’ve also had as many or more expected goals in all three of their recent losses.

Combine it all, and I think betting on Dallas just to not lose at this line has value. But, it’s not my favorite bet in the game.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (+115).

Both teams have dynamic offenses, but they also are among the best defenses in the league.

While Austin’s 29 goals in 15 games give the assumption they should be a scoring machine. They scored 10 in their first 2 games and have had 7 goals in their last 6.

Austin has averaged a goal per game (5 goals in 5 games) against West opponents that have allowed 17 or fewer goals.

FC Dallas ranks No. 1 in opponents’ goals in the conference. They have gone under this total in 7 of 15 games this season despite ranking fourth in goals in the West.

Given the defensive strengths and Austin’s inability to score against top defenses, the Under 2.5 (+115) at this plus-money value is worth a look.

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FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Friday’s FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC odds and lines, with MLS picks and predictions.

FC Cincinnati (6 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws) hosts Orlando City SC (7-5-4) at TQL Stadium Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

Led by F Brandon Vazquez, who has 8 goals in 14 matches and is being eyed by USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, FC Cincinnati will return home following a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia.

Cincinnati had 17 shots against the Union, who are tied for the best defense in the MLS. FCC has won 4 of their last 7.

Orlando City suffered a 2-1 home loss to FCC earlier in the season and are the only team in the East’s top-six with a negative goal differential.

Orlando City is led by F Ercan Kara, who has 6 goals on the season. They currently sit in 4th place and actually have averaged more points per game on the road this season.

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FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: FC Cincinnati +127 (bet $100 to win $127) | Orlando City SC +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Draw +260
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -135 | U: +110)

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Prediction

FC Cincinnati 2, Orlando City 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN FC CINCINNATI +127.

Against teams in the Eastern Conference with a negative goal differential, FC Cincinnati is 5-2-0. They haven’t had much success at home this season, but typically home-field advantage does apply to soccer.

With 1 of the best game managers in M Luciano Acosta (7 combined goals and assists) having subbed on against Philadelphia last weekend, he should be primed for a full 90-minute load.

Orlando City is a playoff-caliber side, but they have either had as many or fewer expected goals than their opponents in 4 of their last 6 matches. That is true for 9 of their 16 games this season.

Considering they’ve yet to play against F Brenner as he was out in the first matchup, FCC should have a better roster than their early-season matchup. Combine it all, and I like the home side here.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 2.5 (-135).

FC Cincinnati has gone over this total in 3 of their last 4 games, and the only one which missed was against Philadelphia, one of the top defenses in MLS.

FCC has gone over this total in 9 of their 15 games. Orlando City has been a similar story, going over in 3 of their last 4 games and in 8 of their 16 on the season.

FCC ranks in the top half of the league in shots on target yet sits tied for the 3rd-most goals allowed in the East. Similarly, Orlando City is in the bottom half in save rate and interceptions.

The pace of the home side coupled with their lacking poor defense and disappointing defensive performances from Orlando City this season should allow for several goals in this battle.

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