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Sep 03

MLS Picks of the Day

 

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7pm: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. New York Red Bulls

For a team already in a tailspin, the international break for most major leagues likely could not have come at a worse time for any team as it comes for the Whitecaps. Vancouver’s last win in MLS play came back on July 13th and since have gone 0-3-4 while only scoring three goals. Tonight they will be witbout Perez, Barnes, Waston, Bolanos, Edgar and de Jong who will all be away for international duty. Not to mention their current injuries regulars Manneh and Harvey.

While the Red Bulls will also be without their main creator in Kljestan, as well as defender Lawrence for international duties, plus a host other defensive injuries and a questional status to star goalkeeper Robles with a knee strain, they have been in top form of late currently sitting in third place in the East. They are also on a string of nine games without a loss in MLS play and know a win would bring them into a tie with Toronto FC for second in the East.

Run of contrasting forms and availability of players looks like an easy win for New York Red Bulls at +163, which has already come way down from the opening line of +240. Any road win in the MLS is hard to come by though so a safer bets of Draw No Bet -120 or Darw or New York Red Bulls at -208 could be played.

 

7:30pm: New England Revolition vs. Colorado Rapids

It’s hard to make a real strong argument for either club if you look at their current runs of form. The Rapids are not a high scoring team in the first place and now will have to do without Gashi, away on international duty. Gashi has been an integral part of the offence of late with three goals in his last five games. Pappa will also be away for this one, as well as Williams and keeper Howard, while Jones rests an injury. Despite sitting thrid in the West, the Rapids have hit a tough run of form having only won one of their last six games. They’ve also only won on the road twice this season.

A tough run of form would be an understatement for the Revs, as they continue to plummet down the East standings,  having no wins in their past six games and no goals in the past four. They will also be without frontman Kamara who is with Sierre Leone.

The goals and wins have to start coming for New England soon with a team as talented as they are, but they’ll face a tough task breaking down the stingiest defence in the league of the Rapids, and a team well versed in staying compact at the back and taking their chances when they can. Though Howard may be away, MacMath can return between the sticks and the team will have full confidence in him as he was the starter in charge or Colorado’s early season success before Howard came to town.

Rapids not the team to allow Revs back in the win column especially with only four losses all season. Take Draw or Colorado -118.

 

8:30pm: Chicago Fire vs Philadephia Union

Fire have been showing signs of life lately with impressive results against LA (0-0 draw) and Montreal (3-0 win), but are also fresh off a humilating 6-2 defeat to D.C. last week, albeit playing a man down after the 34th minute. This week they’ll be without the services of star striker Accam and also the newly acquired Arshakyan.

The Union are hot right now with only one loss in their last five and have been strong on the road with two wins and a draw in their last three travels. A look at the Union’s schedule also reveals only three times all season where they have failed to score a goal, something which has not happened since July 2 away to Houston. Of late they have 11 goals in their last five games.

Despite Chicago’s struggles, they’ve been hitting the scoresheet themselves lately, with 12 goals in their past six and at least scoring once in each of those matches.

Two selections. Draw or Philadelpiha at -138 and Both Teams to Score at -200.