Oct 28

Soccer tips for October 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valencia DNB -350 vs Alavés

The surprise package of La Liga thus far has been Valencia who sit 2nd in the league standings and have yet to lose a single game. On the road they are 2-2-0 and have scored 12 goals. By contrast the lowly Alavés have but a single win in 9 games and have been outscored 3-14.

Outside of being at home there is no reason to expect Alavés to step up against this sort of competition. Valencia DND.

 

Bordeaux/Monaco OVER 1.5 goals

This one has the chance to see some goals. Bordeaux are strong at home with a 3-1-0 record, and have scored 8 while only conceding 3. Their home record in the league is phenomenal as looking back they have not lost a home game since February 10, which came to PSG in a 3-0 defeat. Prior to that their next home loss came December 10, 2016 to this exact opponent, when Monaco won 4-0. In each of their past 10 home games they have also scored.

Monaco is always a threat to score and If you look back in just their past 34 road games overall, only twice have one of their games ended with less than two goals. In their five road games thus far in Ligue 1 this year, there have been 19 total goals.

The past 11 encounters between these two have seen under 2 goals only twice and in their last five matchups there have been 3, 4, 3, 3 and 4 goals total in each game.

Look for a free flowing game. Over 1.5 goals.

 

Juventus DOUBLE CHANCE vs AC Milan

Despite blowing up the bank this offseason things have not been going to plan in Milan. They sit 8th overall in Serie A and have only scored 6 goals in their 5 home games. Key offseason acquisition Leonardo Bonucci who came over from Juventus will also be missing due to suspension. The club’s goals are already falling out of reach and in comes a hungry Juventus team who will be hoping to keep page with both Napoli and Inter who should also win their games this weekend.

Juventus was upset at home to Lazio a few games back and since have won their next three games by a combined score of 12-4.

Prior to Milan’s 4-1 win over Chievo last week, they had failed to win in their past four games. In fact they did not even score in three of those games. If you look back, their next win came vs lower competition in the Europa league when they edged past Croatian side Rijeka 3-2.

Juve have scored 15 goals on the road this season already and have won 11 of the past 13 matchups with Milan. Juventus has had troubles keeping the ball out of their net as well this year and rarely keep clean sheets, and with their upcoming Champions League coming up next week we’ll take the insurance and bet Juventus Double Chance.

 

Ajax WIN vs Willem II – 350

 

Fun stat! This is the 85 meeting between Willem II and Ajax. One team has won 70 times and I’ll give you a clue, it’s not Willem II. Though they have reeled off 3 straight wins of late, the gulf in class here is just too large. Ajax has been on a tear of late and have scored 22 goals in the last six competitive games. They’ve actually scored 4 goals in each of their past four.

The latest two head-to-head games have seen Ajax leave victorious by 3-1 and 5-0 margins. We’ll look for that to continue with another Ajax win.

 

 

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Oct 27

Soccer Betting October 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top betting picks for soccer on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

 

Bayer Leverkusen WIN vs Cologne

Cologne have been the whipping boys of the Bundesliga this term and have yet to win a game. Their 0-2-7 record (3 goals for/17 allowed) leaves much to be desired. They are sorely lacking any form of offense without last year’s main striker Anthony Modeste (25 goals) who was loaned out to China, and will find themselves in a tough spot against Leverkusen who are 2-2-0 at home with 11 goals scored vs only 4 allowed. Leverkusen are riding a 4 match undefeated streak and are the 3rd highest scoring team in the German league. They have scored at least 2 goals in each of their past 5 home league games, while Cologne have given up at least 2 goals on their travels in 9 of their past 12 on the road.

There is nothing to convince us right now that anything will change this Saturday. Leverkusen -300.

 

Arsenal WIN vs Swansea

The Swans are only out of the Relegation Zone due to goal-difference, which isn’t saying much since they’ve only scored 6 times, and only twice on the road. That being said they’ve only conceded once on the road and do have an impressive road draw vs Tottenham (0-0) to their credit this season. That was back in September though and since then they have lost outright 4 of their past 5 EPL games, with their only win coming home to Huddersfield.

Arsenal have been far from perfect this season, but mostly their struggles have come on the road. Lucky for them they are playing this match at home where they are 4-0-3 with 11 goals scored and only 3 allowed. They are coming off a 5-2 thumping of Everton last weekend and a 2-1 League Cup win over Norwich City in mid-week. Alexander Lacazette has been on point with 5 goals scored and the offense was clicking on all cylinders last week.

Arsenal are too much at home for Swansea. Arsenal to win -400

 

Man City WIN vs West Brom

There’s not much to say here. Man City are flying and are by far the top team in England, and arguably across all of Europe. They score for fun, have scored 10 more goals than the next closest team in the EPL, are 4-0 on the road and have scored 11 goals compared to only conceding 1. Further more they have won the past 12 games vs West Brom and are undefeated in their last 15 vs The Baggies.

West Brom rarely get blown out and are yet to lose at home this year in 4 games, but their underwhelming attack (7 goals overall) hardly seems like a match for the free-scoring City. In fact if you look back West Brom have won exactly 3 of their past 21 EPL games.

Until City’s dominance ends we’ll keep taking them. Man City -400.

 

Watford or DRAW vs Stoke -350

Watford has been the surprise package of the Premier League this season ranking 6th after nine rounds. Their 15 goals scored also rank 6th in the league, though they have also been known to give up goals, allowing the joint 4th most goals allowed with 17. Watford’s form has been especially impressive with a win over Arsenal and a solid performance against Chelsea last week which saw them leading until the 71st minute and only falling behind in an eventual 4-2 defeat in the 87th.

Stoke have won exactly 2 of their past 16 road games in the EPL, are 0-1-3 on the road this season and have been outscored 11-4 on their travels. In 5 of their last 6 games overall in the league they have allowed at least 2 goals. Overall Stoke have allowed the most goals in the league with 20.

These squads are in complete opposite of forms, though Watford has had a leaky backline so we’ll play it safe with Watford Double Chance.

 

 

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Oct 27

NFL Week 8 Stats

Here are some helpful NFL Handicapping Stats to help you find an edge in your Week 8 bets!

 

Sep 01

Why the Raiders will struggle in 2017

After years of futility spent in the doldrums of the AFC West division, the Oakland Raiders finally looked primed to capture their first division title since 2002 last season, but came up just short in the final week of the regular season with a disappointing 24-6 defeat to the Denver Broncos. Much of that loss could be attributed to being forced to play backup rookie quarterback Conner Cook due to a season-ending broken fibula injury to Pro Bowl starter Derek Carr in Week 15. The loss meant Oakland relinquished the division crown to the Kansas City Chiefs and the bye in the playoffs and had to travel to Houston for the Wildcard round. This resulted in a virtual snoozefest of a game, where Brock Osweiler’s Texans eventually came away with a 27-14 win. With Cook in charge, the Raiders only managed 161 yards through the air, accompanied by three interceptions, and just like that, a once promising season came crashing back down to earth.

During the offseason, Carr has been busy rehabbing and actually says he feels stronger than prior to injury. This could be great news as Carr now enters his fourth year with the team, having already thrown 81 touchdowns compared to only 31 interceptions (only six last year). A healed and confident Carr, who is now firmly entrenched as the leader of the team, will be vital to any success the Raiders plan to have in 2017.

And success is what is expected now in Oakland, coming off a 12-4 campaign, where they scored the seventh most points (416) in the league. Vegas has them in a dead heat with the Chiefs to win the division at +220, followed by the Broncos at +240 and Los Angeles Rams at +450. They also sit at 18-1 odds to lift the Lombardi trophy, with only seven teams ahead of them in the betting market place.

Though the needle may be pointing up for the Silver and Black, fans shouldn’t get too far ahead of themselves just yet. Why you ask…?

 

  1. Their History

The Raiders had been a complete dumpster fire for over a decade and one good season can’t erase those memories. This is not a team that has built a culture of winning. * Side note. It may be from 2008 but look up “dumpster fire” on Urban Dictionary and the Raiders are actually mentioned. 157 people seemed to agree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to a serious note. No division titles since 2002 and no winning seasons until last year is no laughing matter. Their overall record in the past 14 years is a putrid 75-149.

 

  1. Potential fan unrest

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is one of the NFL’s oldest and smallest stadiums, which has seen the Raiders routinely rank 30th or lower in annual league attendance figures (pro-football-reference.com). The team could not work out a deal with the city for a new stadium so owner Mark Davis is packing his bags and taking his team to Las Vegas. While true, the Coliseum is already sold out for all seven home games (yes seven, more on that later) and the the move will likely not come until 2020, this could become a distraction.

 

  1. The bowl cut

Simply put, a man with this hair cut runs your team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owner Mark Davis, who also seems to believe fanny packs are still (were they ever?) in fashion, also travels more than 400 miles to get THIS haircut! The man is worth an estimated $500 million, yet he still wakes up, looks in the mirror and says “Well Marky, it’s that time again for our yearly pilgrimage across the state to get my bowl cut.” Perhaps, he should spring for a new, local barber who refuses to provide him with this atrocity of a haircut and use his newfound free time to work on improving the team’s defense. Which brings us to…

 

  1. The defense

For as explosive as Oakland’s offense was last year, a toilet paper damn would’ve had a better chance of keeping opponents at bay than their defense did. There are some truly gawdy stats out there and here are a few highlights, or lowlights. The reward for this performance, another year of Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Yay!

 

Yards per game 24th
Yards per play allowed 32nd
Sacks 32nd
Opponent rushing yards per game 23rd
Opponent passing yards per game 23rd
Points allowed 20th

  

  1. The schedule

If you take a closer look at the Raiders’ 2016 schedule you’ll see their path to 12-4 may not have been that tough. Of those 12 wins only four came against teams with a winning record. And those four were Tennessee, Denver, Tampa Bay and Houston—not exactly your top Super Bowl contenders. Overall their record versus winning teams was a mediocre 4-4. This season’s schedule shapes up much harder as they only play five teams who had a losing record last year, and their 2017 opponents offer a combined 144-111-1 record. Add to this the fact they start with three of their opening four games on the road, only play three home games total after Week 7, and that they are losing a home game when they “host” New England in Mexico City and it all shapes up to look like tough sledding for the Raiders in 2017.

 

  1. Their division

The Raiders didn’t fair too well versus tougher opponents last year, which is a problem because their division will probably be one of the tightest in the league. The AFC West was one of only two divisions to have three teams with a winning record. The odds to win the division in 2017 are also the tightest from top to bottom amongst all divisions. As per Oddshark, Oakland has not had a winning record within division since 2010 and last year only managed to score 18.7 points versus their division foes, versus the 30.4 points scored against the rest of the league. The Raiders were swept by the Chiefs last year, arguably their main competition for the division and will be playing them on a short week in Week 7.

 

  1. Has lady luck run out 

Parity in the NFL is a real thing. And when you consistently play close games, you aren’t supposed to come out on top every time. But Oakland was 6-0 in games decided by less than a touchdown. Nine of their wins came by single digits and five were by three or fewer points. The football gods were on their side—including when Del Rio shocked everyone by going for two points in Week 1 versus New Orleans and in a walk off overtime win against Tampa. The Raiders were also a league-best plus-7 in the completely random category of fumble plus/minus. Surely these stats will balance out.

 

  1. What’s the backup plan?

Carr sounds confident in his recovery and in a perfect world he’ll take every snap this year, but should he have any setbacks can Raider Nation count on Connor Cook? His two games in relief of Carr left much to be desired, and new signing EJ Manuel has been a disappointment in his career thus far only starting 17 games in his four-year career with a 6-11 record.

 

  1. What about Donald?

Left tackle Donald Penn has never missed a regular reason game in his 10-year NFL career, is a three-time Pro Bowler with Oakland, only gave up one sack all of last season and is one of the most respected players in the Raiders’ locker room. But… he’s in the middle of a holdout and isn’t happy about only being the 23rd highest-paid LT in the game. Getting him signed and happy will be crucial to keeping Carr protected.

 

  1. Then there’s this guy

Running back Latavius Murray ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns last year with 12, but was not resigned. So in comes Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch, the hometown Oakland boy has come out of retirement to lead the Raiders’ run game. Lynch only made it into seven games in his last season in 2015, has over 2,300 carries on his odometer and by normal metrics for running backs is now over the hill at 31. He also managed to take a few moments of his time during Raiders’ training camp to make an impromptu visit to an NFL Network set to drop a few explicits and hit on a married reporter live on air. It was kinda funny, but mostly just really awkward. Take a look for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znNvBLMkpm4 

Every team has weaknesses and the Raiders are no different. But the arrow is pointing up on this franchise after years of disappointment. They have a star quarterback with a high octane offense, a strong offensive line and one of the best defensive lineman in Khalil Mack. Mack has started every game in his three-year Raiders’ career and has recorded 4, 15, and 11 sacks in those seasons. His 11 sacks last year was good enough for eighth in the league and only 4.5 behind the league lead. At 8-1 odds to win the regular season sack race, he offers a great value play. The same 8-1 odds can also be found on Oakland to win the AFC, with only New England and Pittsburgh being given lower odds. Given their weaknesses, if you feel the Raiders will regress and miss out on the playoffs you can find them paying +150 To Miss The Playoffs. Alternatively, you can find short odds of -200 for them To Make The Playoffs.

 

All odds mentioned courtesy of Bet365

Dec 31

NFL Week 17 Stat Breakdown

The last game of the NFL regular season is here. How does every game match up statistically? Take a look at this week’s breakdown.

 

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Oct 30

NFL Week 8 Stat Breakdown

Check out our NFL Week 8 stat comparison between all teams and where each team may hold an advantage.

View the graphic below or download the pdf here: nfl-chart-week-8

 

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Oct 12

NFL Week 6 Stat Breakdown

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We’ve broken down each matchup in Week 6 in various statistically categories while also highlighting any areas where one team may hold a significant advantage. For the purposes of this chart that is defined by a difference in ranking between two teams that amounts to more than 10 ranking spots, ie 2nd rushing attack vs 14th rushing defence, etc.

We’ve also given some Quick hits below the chart summarizing these findings.

 

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Or Download the PDF here: nfl-chart-week-6

 

  •  Contingent on who starts at QB for Denver, but given the stats of the season so far, Denver should win the turnover battle, and pick up their share of 1st downs and trips to the Red Zone. Both teams should be able to pressure the opposing QB.
  • Baltimore’s defensive statistics match up well against the Giants especially in rush defence and limiting their opposition to 1st downs. They should hold an edge in turnovers, possession and in protecting their QB.
  • Carolina will hold an edge in rushing, while New Orleans may struggle to move the ball on the ground. However both teams should find success through the air going up against equally weak passing d’s. If Carolina is still without Cam Newton, this advantage is weakened. Each team should move the ball and pick up first downs. New Orleans holds the edge in turnovers, Carolina in Red Zone trips.
  • While some of these stats could be a little misleading as Tom Brady was away for four weeks, the Pats should be able to run the ball on Cincy, while Cincy may find it hard to do the same on New England. Cincy should have some success throug the air though on offence. Cincy doesn’t allow too many first downs, New England keeps their QB’s upright only allowing the 6th most sacks.
  • Who knows who will start at QB for the Browns, but Tennessee will run the ball down Cleveland’s throat all afternoon and will hope their 9th ranked passing d will shut down whoever lines up under centre for the Browns. Tennessee doesn’t allow many first downs, trips to the RZ or QB sacks. They are also likely to dominate possession. They should also have success in the pass rush getting to Cleveland’s QB(s).
  • Jacksonville is the league’ most penalized team in yards/game. Chicago is only he 9th. Chicago could have some success picking up 1st downs and getting to the QB.
  • The Lions should look forward to picking up some 1st downs, making some trips to the RZ and getting to Rams’ QB Keenan.
  • The Eagles will likely test the Skins’ 30th ranked rush d. Washington will be hard pressed to move the ball on the ground vs. Philly’s 3rd ranekd rush d. Philly should control possession and pick up their share of 1st downs and RZ attempts.
  • Pittsburgh can run. Miami can’t defend. Miami can’t run, Pittsburgh can defend. Pittsburgh can also throw. Miami is one of the league’s worst in turnover ratio (29th). The Steelers should get plenty of 1st downs, limit their opponents in that category, hold the majority of possession and keep Big Ben upright.
  • San Fran will start a new QB this week in Colin Kapernick but so far they’ve been unable to throw the ball (31st passing offence) and that should continue. They also can’t stop the run on d which will be a problem on the road to Buffalo’s 3rd ranked run attack. San Fran turns over the ball a lot, but they are also the least penalized team and hold their opponents to a respectable amount of 1st downs per game. Buffalo does not move the ball well or often. The Bills do thought protect their QB well and against a week pass rush should find time to develop their plays.
  • Oakland should find success on the ground. KC may find success through the air. KC holds the advantage in penalties and plays in the RZ. Oakland should have more possession and should have all kinds of time in the pocket for David Carr to make plays with the Oakland o-line ranking 1st in sacks allowed and KC ranking 31st in sacks.
  • For all of Atlanta’s passing success so far, their 1st ranked attack may have met its match vs. Seattle’s 2nd ranked pass d. Seattle’s 12th ranked passing offence may find some success vs. Atlanta’s 26th ranked passing offence though. Big advantage in turnovers to Atlanta and big possession advantage to Seattle.
  • Fairly even statistically between Dallas and Green Bay though Dallas should control possession and Green Bay should have their chances in the RZ.
  • Houston has trouble in the turnover department but are much more disciplined when it comes to penalties than Indy. Houston limits RZ attempts and can get to the QB, while Indy struggles to creates sacks of their own. Indy should hope for a sloppy game and to capitalize on turnovers.
  • Arizona has a chance to carve up the Jets secondary and to shut down the ‘Fitzaster’ on d with their 4th ranked secondary. The Jets… um.. Fitzpatrick.. are/is a turnover machine. Arizona gets 1st downs, but Carson Palmer could be under siege from the Jets’ d-line.

Oct 05

NFL Week 5 Stats Cheat Sheet

 

 

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While by no means all the stats you can find to compare the matchups in Week 5 of the NFL, we’ve taken the liberty to compare each team in a number of statistical categories for the upcoming week. We’ve also highlighted any area where there may be a matchup advantage/disadvantage in a game. It was decided to point out some of the more glaring differences and as such any stat that had a greater than 10 place ranking between the teams was highlighted. For instance on the Thursday night game Arizona’s 15th ranked Rushing Offense will go up against San Fran’s 32nd ranked Rushing Defense. Arizona is also ranked 14th in time of possession, compared to San Fran’s 31st ranking in that category. The chart will also note if a team has had a longer week to prepare having played last Thursday or if they had a bye the previous week, or a shorter week if they played on Monday, or in the Colts’ case are making an extra long travel coming from London. The game lines are that of the time of posting.

Download the NFL Week 5 Stats Cheat Sheet HERE

 

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Sep 19

France Ligue 2 Predictions: Round 8

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AC Ajaccio vs. Auxerre

  • Neither team is playing overly strong of late, but AC have at least scored 6 goals in their past 4 games, compared no goals scored by Auxerre in the past 4 league games.
  • Auxerre could be fatigued having one less day to prepare after playing on Saturday in their 1-0 loss at Brest

Safe play lies with Ajaccio DRAW NO BET -275

Amiens vs. Valenciennes

  •  Amiens are riding a four-game winning streak and currently sit 2nd in the Ligue 2 Table
  • They will be rested after their game on Friday was postponed due to inclement weather
  • Amiens have scored 9 goals during their current win streak, including 3 goals in each of their past two games
  • Valenciennes has been on a decent run of form themselves having only lost once all season to currently sit 7th in the table.
  • They have 1 win and 2 ties in the past 3 games and have scored 7 goals in their last 4 games.

Two teams in good form should see some goals back BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at +120

Laval vs. Sochaux

  • These two teams struggle to score as both scored less goals than games played last year
  • Sochaux have played 4 games under the 2.5 goals line this year and Laval have played 6.
  • Sochaux had drawn 4 games in a row but have picked up enough point to sit 5th in the table
  • Laval only have 4 goals all season and 3 surprisingly came in their last game, their only win of the year. Thye currently sit 19th in the table

Back UNDER 2.5 goals

Le Havre vs. Brest

  • 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two have been draws
  • 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two have finished Under 2.5 goals
  • Brest sit top of the table with 14 points in 7 games.
  • Le Havre have two wins in 7 games and sit 10th
  • Le Havre started the season strong but have now gone winless across all competitions in their last 6 matches
  • Brest may have some fatigue having played on Saturday instead of Friday
  • Though Le Havre fell to the lowly Bourg on Friday by a 2-1 score.

All things considered there is way too much value on the top ranked team at +300 to ignore. But a safer bet lies with DRAW OR BREST -125

Lens vs. Orleans

  • Lens have drawn 5/7 games, including 3 straight 1-1 games
  • Not surprisingly, 6/7 games have fallen Under 2.5 goals overall
  • Even less surprising considering Lens led the league in games finishing Under 2.5 goals last year with 29
  • Orleans by contrast have been involved in some high scoring affairs, having lost 3-1 to struggling Laval and then winning 3-1 against the in form Strasbourg. Prior to that they had dranw two games in a row 0-0.

Lens only lost 3 games at home last year but have been struggling of late and Orleans should be motivated after their three-goal outburst on Friday. Back the stalemate of DRAW +210.

Nimes vs. Troyes

  • These sides are typically involved in high scoring affairs with 5 of their past 6 matches going Over 2.5 goals
  • Nimes only lost 2 games at home all of last season
  • They have scored 9 goals in their past 4 games and have won two straight games by 3-1 scorelines
  • Much of that success has to do with Alioui who has 6 goals and 2 assists in Nimes past four matches
  • Troyes struggle for goals and could only manage a 1-1 tie with the lowly Niort on Friday

With the current form of both Nimes and front man Alioui the only way to look is to back the home side at +100

Niort vs. Ajaccio GFCA

  • Niort have yet to win a game all season and sit in the basement of the Ligue 2 standings, having only scored 6 goals, while allowing 13
  • GFC have only scored 5 goals all year but have only allowed 5 as well, resulting in only 1 loss, which gives them 9th place in the table.
  • Despite the lack of goal scoring this year, these teams have gone over the 2.5 total in 4 of their past 6 against each other
  • Both of these teams have only scored more than 1 goal in a game once all year.
  • GFC will be rested after their Friday game was postponed.

Niort can set up shop and draw with the best of them and GFC have been keeping things tidy all season on the backline. Back the DRAW +190

Reims vs. Clermont

  • Both Reims and Clermont are flying high in 3rd and 6th respectively
  • Reims have allowed the least amount of goals this season with 4 and are undefeated at home with 3 wins, and 5 goals scored, with only 1 allowed
  • Clermont isn’t scoring a lot with 7 goals in 7 games, but also haven;t allowed many with only 6
  • Despite the low amount of goals invovled in each team’s games, both have only failed to score at least once in a game only 1 time all season

Pick BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE +100

Tours vs. Bourg

  • These teams are a mess defensively having allowed the most and second most goals in the league. They have though managed to score a fair bit themselves as well.
  • Tours has more goals than 14 teams above them in the standings and Bourg have more than 7 teams above them.
  • In total 45 goals have combined in their games this year
  • Bourg have played 4 games over 2.5 goals, and Tours have played 5

Pick BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at -125 or OVER 2.5 GOALS at +108

Sep 17

Major League Soccer Betting Previews: Sept. 17

 

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6pm: Portland vs. Philadelphia

The Timbers have been extraodinary at home all season and will look to continue that trend this evening. Portland has yet to lose at Providence Park this year, but will be returning home after their travels from Costa Rica on Wednesday for their match against Saprissa in the CCL. The Timbers were badly outplayed and lost that match 4-2. Though some players were rested for that match, several other key playrs were not and it’s hard to imagine this Timbers squad not being a bit fatigued. Star striker Fenando Adi also picked up a knock on Wednesday and is in doubt for this one. Philly is hitting the road for the first of three road matches and definitely has the talent to get the road swing off to a good start and pick up something from this game.

Pick: Draw of Philadelphia -110

 

7pm: New York City FC vs. FC Dallas

The blue side of New York has had lots to cheer about lately with five straight home wins and sitting tied in 2nd overall in the East. A win mixed with some favourable results could see New York take over 1st place by the end of the weekend. It would also see them pull closer to their opponents in FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield race. Dallas currently hold a seven point lead on New York for 1st overall.

This is another match that sees one team playing off a short week in that FC Dallas played in the US Open Cup Final on Tuesday night, coming away victorious over the New England Revolution. All hands were on deck for that one and with a few point lead in the Supporters’ Shied race and the short week, it would not be too hard to see some let up on the Dallas side on the road.

Pick: New York City FC +130

 

7:30pm: Orlando City FC vs. Columbus

These teams met earlier this year in Columbus for a 2-2 draw. The Crew are pretty much dead in the water 8 points back of a playoff spot, while Orlando sit in 7th in the East tied with DC in 6th, but one place lower by virtue of goal difference. Prior to their defeat last week to LA Galaxy in Landon Donovan’s return, City had reeled off two straight victories to keep their playoff hopes alive. Orlando has only lost twice at home this year, Columbus has only one once on the road all season. Crew setup man Higuain should still be out with abdominal pain and Orlando’s stars should be too much for the hapless Crew to handle at Campus World Stadium.

Pick: Orlando +100

 

9pm: Colorado vs. San Jose

If there was ever a time for the Rapids to make their move on FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield it would be now. After taking a 1-0 victory over Dallas last week on the road, they now sit only 5 points back in the West with two games in hand. Colorado was missing some players last week and still pulled out the win and now should have those bodies back and will host a much weaker Earthquakes club who have one win on the road all year. Colorado by contrast have yet to lose at home this season and have only allowed five goals at home in 13 games.

Pick: Colorado +100

 

9:30: RSL vs. Houston

It’s hard to find a stat that favours the Dyname in this one. RSL has taken points in their last eight home games vs Houston, with five of those being wins. RSL is 4th in the West and are undefeated at home for a total of 14 games. Houston sit bottom in the West with only one win on the road and the least amount of goals scored in the league overall. Additioanlly Hoouston have failed to win in 21 of their past 22 road games.

Pick: RSL -143

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