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FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City SC

The MLS action is back for another weekend of intense action and the first kick-off we are previewing is the 12:30am BST kick-off on Saturday morning when Eastern Conference rivals FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC go toe-to-toe at the TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. Both of these teams are firmly in the hunt for the play-offs so a victory here would give their hopes of a top 7 finish a huge boost.

FC Cincinnati continued to struggle in their winless patch in their last game as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Philadelphia Union to extend the stretch without a victory to 3 matches. That barren run has seen the Orange and Blue drop to 8th in the table and outside the play-offs. Head coach Pat Noonan will want to see his team return to winning ways but the franchise have lost 4 of their 6 regular season games played at home including 3 of their previous 4. Conceding 8 goals in their last 3 matches shows the defence needs shoring up but that's easier said than done. It doesn't help that Noonan could be without the key players of Calvin Harris, Alec Kann, and Ronald Matarrita for this game.

Orlando City SC will be hoping to pick up a win in this game and crank up the pressure on Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC. Manager Oscar Pareja led his team to a 2-1 home win over Houston Dynamo in their last regular season outing to make it just 1 loss from their last 5 league games. The Lions are up in 4th place in the Eastern Conference thanks to that victory and they are now only 2 points off the pace of the conference leaders. The only real issue for the away side here is that they have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 11 matches and they're up against an FC Cincinnati team that know how to score goals. Antonio Carlos and Silvester van der Water are the two main fitness concerns.

I want to hope and think that this game will deliver a frenzied affair to thrust us back into the MLS action this weekend. Both teams have question marks over their defensive displays but they can both find the opposition's net. I feel Orlando City SC edge the form over FC Cincinnati but as the ELO ratings show the performance levels of both teams is difficult to separate. I'm going to still back the away side to sneak a narrow win in a goal fest.

Orlando City SC Draw No Bet @ 2.23 with Unibet

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.74 with SBK

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Seattle Sounders FC vs Sporting Kansas City

The Western Conference is the focus for this second preview of the weekend's games in the MLS as Seattle Sounders FC look to extend their unbeaten run at home against a Sporting Kansas City team who are starting to show signs of improving. It's an 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday evening from the Lumen Field in Seattle and this might not be as easy to call as it seems!

Seattle Sounders FC come into this game in 7th position in the Western Conference with games in hand on the teams around them after a run of just 1 loss from their previous 6 regular season matches. Head coach Brian Schmetzer will be pleased to have sealed the CONCACAF Champions League title earlier this year and with the team already eliminated from the US Open Cup he can expect them to start cranking up the performance levels and moving further up the conference table in their push for a play-off spot. There is a blow for the team as they look set to be without star striker Raul Ruidiaz after he picked up an injury on international duty. It was only Cristian Arango's 79th minute equaliser that stopped the Sounders from making it 3 league wins in a row so their form is still looking impressive.

Sporting Kansas City were a team many felt were heading into oblivion but the shock 2-1 win away to solid home side Nashville SC in their most recent MLS game followed by a 6-0 dismantling of Union Omaha in the US Open Cup Quarter-Finals has led to a renewed sense of confidence amongst the squad. The Wizards are up to 12th place in the Western Conference table and even though they have played more games than teams around them that will be a psychological boost to have moved up away from the foot of the table. Head coach Peter Vermes will be without a number of first team players including Ozzie Cisneros, Alan Pulido, Gadi Kinda, and Nikola Vujonic. The team may be placed low in the table but they have now only lost 1 of their last 4 regular season games on the road.

If you had asked me to back an outcome here before the last round of MLS games then I'd have been keen to back Seattle Sounders FC with overwhelming confidence. The way Sporting Kansas City have approached these last two matches and delivered positive results you have to wonder if something has finally clicked for Vermes and his team. I do still think the home team should win this but it'll be a close one.

Seattle Sounders FC to Win @ 1.75 with Bet365

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.87 with Betfair

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DC United vs Nashville SC

The third game taking place on Saturday in the MLS is the 10pm BST kick-off between DC United and Nashville SC from the Audi Field in Washingston DC. Can the home team pick up a victory to move themselves away from the wrong end of the Eastern Conference against a visiting side that are well and truly locked in a hunt for a play-off place in the Western Conference?

DC United are currently enduring a torrid run of results with the team down in 13th position in the Eastern Conference having failed to win any of their last 5 league matches including losing 3 of the previous 4 regular season games. Interim head coach Chad Ashton's reign in charge of the franchise couldn't have gone much worse. The Black and Red need to improve their defensive displays if they want to move on up the table with the team conceding at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 regular season games. It might frustrate the fans if Ashton sticks with a 5-3-2 set-up. As a Cardiff fan and seeing how negative that formation was under Mick McCarthy I empathise with them. Surely, Ashton will mix things up after 1-0 loss to bottom-placed side Chicago Fire last time out?

Nashville SC have seen their solid home form go down the pan in recent weeks with the Tennessee franchise now failing to win any of their last 3 regular season home games. Away form has lacked consistency this season but the team did take a win on their last road trip in a 3-1 win away to Colorado Rapids. Head coach Gary Smith will still have his sights firmly set on a play-off spot with the team in 6th place in the Western Conference and 3 points inside the play-offs. It'll be interesting to see how Nashville SC respond to the shock 2-1 home loss against Sporting Kansas City. Will we see Smith adopt a more aggressive or cautious approach here?

It's quite clear that the defeat to Chicago Fire last time out has exposed the degree of DC United's problems right now. Can I see them hitting back to winning ways with a victory against a Nashville SC team pushing for a play-offs finish? Not really. DC United are stuck in a rut with a temporary manager who certainly hasn't shown any signs of changing things to a length that will improve performances and results. I'm going to back the away win.

Nashville SC Draw No Bet @ 2.30 with Unibet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.85 with Bet365

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CF Montreal vs Charlotte FC

The play-off picture in the Eastern Conference is the focal point for this next preview in the MLS as CF Montreal and Charlotte FC go head-to-head in a 12:30am BST kick-off on Sunday morning at the Saputo Stadium in Montreal. Consistency is the holy grail for these two sides as they flirt with the top 7 but will be aware that a bad patch of results could see them drop down the table.

CF Montreal might have lost 3 of the last 4 regular season matches including losing 2 of the last 3 home league matches but the team have won 4 of their last 6 games played at home in the regular season. The Impact are in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and only 4 points off the top of the table but this current run of form will have Wilfried Nancy and his players looking over their shoulder. The Canada-based franchise are only 3 points inside the play-off positions so if this current blotchy spell of results continues they will find themselves freefalling down the conference table. How will the team react to losing 4-0 away to Toronto in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship earlier this week?

Charlotte FC come into this game in a slightly worse position than their opponents in the conference table in 7th position in the Eastern Conference. However, the North Carolina side are under a new head coach in Christian Lattanzio and have gone unbeaten in their 2 regular season games that he has been in interim charge for. The team are still searching for that elusive win on the road though with the side having drawn 2 and lost 6 of their 8 away league matches so far. Charlotte FC have also lost by a 2-1 score-line in 50% of their away games in the Eastern Conference so far this season.

It's always tricky to call it when two teams lacking consistency meet in the MLS. This is no different. CF Montreal are going through a bit of a sticky patch but they showed earlier in the season that they can produce wins on home turf. Charlotte FC have simply struggled to get points on the board on their travels all season so this is an ideal opportunity for the home team to pick up a win.

CF Montreal to Win @ 1.96 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.86 with SBK

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Toronto FC vs Atlanta United

The second 12:30am BST kick-off on Sunday morning in the MLS is scheduled to be played between Toronto FC and Atlanta United at the BMO Field in Toronto. Both of these teams are struggling in the Eastern Conference but a win here could give their play-off hopes a real boost. Can the out-of-form home team get the victory over an inconsistently performing away side?

Toronto FC will be disappointed with their current run of form that consists of the team losing 6 of their last 8 regular season matches leaving them down in 12th position in the Eastern Conference table and 5 points adrift of the play-offs. Head coach Bob Bradley had appeared to put a stop on the losing streak with the 2-2 draw away to DC United followed by a 3-2 win at home against Chicago Fire. In hindsight, those were probably two results that were par for the course and you could even argue failing to beat a dismal DC United is disappointing. Bradley will likely be without the trio of Jonathan Osario, Noble Okello, and Chris Mavinga so it'll be interesting to see how the gaffer sets his team up after that 2-0 loss away to New York Red Bulls.

Atlanta United come into this game bouncing after the solid 2-0 win at home versus Inter Miami CF that has left the team in 9th place in the Eastern Conference and just 1 point off the play-off pace. Head coach Gonzalo Pineda will be aware that his team have games in hand on the teams around them too so getting a win here would really put them in a decent position. It's now just 1 loss from the last 5 regular season games for the Five Stripes but the win over Inter Miami CF did end a winless streak of 3 games so it's not like this team is in imperious form. Pineda does have a number of key absentees that could cause him concern for this game including Brad Guzan, Osvaldo Alonso, and Miles Robinson. Injuries didn't stop them beating Inter Miami CF at home but this team haven't won any of their last 4 league games on the road.

Last season gave Atlanta United two wins from the three meetings with Toronto FC with the third meeting ending in a draw so they come into this game with an undoubted psychological advantage. Toronto FC suffered a set back against New York Red Bulls so I'm not sure how confident they will be heading into this one. I feel Atlanta United could sneak this but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended in a draw.

Atlanta United to Win @ 2.24 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 3.5 @ 1.68 with SBK

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Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire

It's a cross-conference clash for the next preview in our MLS coverage this weekend with the 1am BST kick-off on Sunday morning between Houston Dynamo of the Western Conference and Chicago Fire of the Eastern Conference at the PNC Stadium in Houston. Both teams could do with a win here but the home side will certainly come into this game as firm favourites.

Houston Dynamo know that 6 defeats from their last 8 regular season games is the sort of form that guarantees failure to reach the play-offs. Head coach Paulo Nagamura will not be happy with the fact his team have not only endured that run of results but that they have also only picked up 1 win from their last 4 home league games. The Orange Crush are down in 10th place in the Western Conference but even after their dismal run of results they are only 2 points off the play-offs. This is an intriguing Dynamo side who have shown their potential with wins over Nashville SC and LA Galaxy in recent weeks but they're let down by a mixture of ill discipline and bad luck. The team was unfortunate last game out to lose 2-1 away to Orlando City SC but having a late equaliser ruled out.

Chicago Fire come into this game off the back of a first regular season win in 11 attempts after Ezra Hendrickson's side picked up a narrow 1-0 win at home against fellow strugglers DC United at home. It's hardly a result that has put the Eastern Conference on high alert and you have to say that the team would likely be entering emergency mode if they hadn't won that game. It has ended their 10-game winless streak in the league though and they are now only denied leaping off the bottom of the table having earned less wins than DC United. The arduous battle begins again for the Fire with the team failing to win any of their last 6 away league matches and they have failed to even score in 50% of those games. Can the team use the win last time out to galvanize their season?

You have to say that this game is there for Houston Dynamo to win. Chicago Fire are having a torrid season but that win over DC United could boost the self belief levels. It's a shame for the Fire that they go on the road again for this next game. I feel that will put an immediate halt in any resurgence that the last win could've generated. Dynamo are a victim of their own inconsistency but I think they'll score the victory here against a team that just don't seem to be able to pick up wins on their travels at the moment.

Houston Dynamo to Win @ 2.30 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.88 with SBK

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Inter Miami CF vs Minnesota United

It's another battle across the conferences for the second 1am BST kick-off on Sunday morning in the MLS as Eastern Conference side Inter Miami CF host Western Conference team Minnesota United at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Both teams are coming into this game off the back of defeats in their last regular season outings so can either team bounce back with a victory here?

Inter Miami CF had been on what looked like an improved run of results with Phil Neville's team going 4 league games unbeaten but that streak has been halted after a 2-0 loss away to Atlanta United in their most recent league encounter. The Herons are currently in 10th position in the Eastern Conference and just 2 points off the play-off pace so they are still right in the thick of the action. Injuries still plague this Miami team with Neville set to be without up to five first team players for this game including Brek Shea, Joevin Jones, and Ian Fray. Home form has been key for the Florida franchise so far this season with the club picking up 4 wins and 1 draw from their last 5 regular season home matches. The team must be wary of their disciplinary record though. The sending off earned by Jean Mota against Atlanta United was their 13th red card since the start of 2020. Only Chicago Fire have scored fewer goals than Miami so far this season and that's a big worry for the team.

Minnesota United are just one position lower than their opponents for this game, except in the Western Conference, but they are on the same number of points and also just 2 points away from the play-offs. Adrian Heath has now seen his team lose 5 of their last 7 league matches including their two most recent regular season fixtures. Profligacy in front of goal was the undoing of the Loons against New England Revolution in their most recent match. The team must now look to hit back to winning form away from home despite having lost 4 of their last 5 regular season games on the road. Only Chicago Fire and Inter Miami CF have scored less goals than Minnesota this campaign. As you can imagine, that doesn't exactly have us expecting a goal fest. Poor finishing has cost Minnesota so far already and I can see it costing them again.

Interestingly, this is set to be the first ever meeting between Inter Miami CF and Minnesota United. As two of the younger franchises in the MLS I am sure we can anticipate more successful years to come but they're both teetering on the brink of doing some memorable things this season. I just feel home advantage will be key for Miami here in a game between two teams that really don't know where the back of the opposition net is!

Inter Miami CF to Win @ 2.58 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 2.08 with SBK

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Austin FC vs FC Dallas

It's a Texas derby in the 2am BST kick-off on Sunday morning in the MLS when Austin FC face FC Dallas at the Q2 Stadium in Austin. Both of these sides are fighting at the top end of the Western Conference and a victory here would help them pile on the pressure on Los Angeles FC at the top of the table. Will either team show the courage to go for the win or will the two sides cancel each other out with a draw to consolidate their places within the play-offs?

Austin FC might only be in their second season in the MLS but they can be proud of their current 3rd place in the Western Conference and just 3 points off the pace of Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC. Head coach Josh Wolff will have been delighted with the dogged 1-0 win his team picked up on the road against CF Montreal last time out. The team comes into this game at home full of confidence having only lost 1 of their 7 home games this season. One thing this Austin team knows how to do is find the opposition net. They have scored 29 goals in 15 league games and have only failed to score in 1 of their last 13 matches. As the team enters the halfway stage of the campaign you have to feel that they're not far off performing at the level required to be considered one of the favourites to take the MLS Cup this season. Perhaps the defence could just do with a little tightening.

FC Dallas will be keen to extend their winning streak against Austin FC and take home the bragging rights in this Copa Tejas clash. Nico Estevez's men are in 4th position in the Western Conference and breathing right down the neck of their opponents for this game. The Burn have lost 3 of their last 4 league games unfortunately and that's hit their hopes of finishing top of the Supporters' Shield table. I'm not sure what's happened to the Dallas defence but they can't keep a clean sheet for love nor money right now with their shutout drought extending to five league games now. This is a Dallas team that is one of the best performers on the road though. They have only lost 1 of their last 6 away league games so you just can't rule them out on their travels. They also have a constant goal threat in the joint-top scorer in the MLS in Jesus Ferreira with his 9 goals so far.

If you follow my previews on Premier League or Championship games then you'll know that derby matches always give me the nerves. I often just back the draw because they're so hard to call. This is no different. Yes, FC Dallas have the worse form heading into this game but they have a 100% win record in this fixture and their away form this season is solid. If anything I'd edge towards them sneaking a win here but I'll back the draw.

Draw @ 3.70 with SBK

Anytime Scorer: Jesus Ferreira @ 3.55 with Unibet

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Real Salt Lake vs Columbus Crew

The next preview in our long line of previews for this weekend's MLS action is the 3am BST kick-off on Sunday morning between Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. The home team are heading into this game with their eye on displacing Los Angeles FC at the top of the Supporters' Shield table but they face a potential banana skin in an away side that have taken points from their last two regular season games.

Real Salt Lake are flying this season with the team currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference and also 2nd in the Supporters' Shield overall table. Head coach Pablo Mastroeni has done a sterling job with this side and they have now won 4 of their last 5 league games. The 2-0 win at home to San Jose Earthquakes in their last league outing was a show of the squad's character to bounce back after the disappointment of the 2-1 loss away to Vancouver Whitecaps in the game previous to that win. The Claret and Cobalt return to the comforts of their home ground for this game where they have remained unbeaten this season and have won the last 4 league games played at this venue with clean sheets in three of those games. As the old saying goes, strikers win you games but the defence wins you a league title.

Columbus Crew still find themselves struggling this season with the team sat in 11th position in the Eastern Conference and only 3 points off the bottom of the table. The good news is that the team is just 3 points off the play-off pace and they do boast up to 2 games in hand on the teams above them. If head coach Caleb Porter can settle the team's form down slightly then maybe they can push on up the table and into the top 7. The team has become synonymous with low-scoring games this season with 8 of the last 11 league games delivering less than a total of 2.5 goals scored. The team has now gone back-to-back games unbeaten but it is still just 1 win from the last 5 league games. They have only lost 1 of the last 4 away games though. What an enigma this team is right now!

The bad news for Columbus Crew fans is that their team has failed to win on each of their last four visits to Real Salt Lake. This should be a game that Real Salt Lake will be looking to take the bull by the horns and grab the win. Crew are a tricky team on the road recently but they have still only won 2 of their last 7 away league games. I'm going to have the back the home team.

Real Salt Lake to Win @ 1.88 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.84 with SBK

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San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy

The penultimate game I'm previewing from the Sunday morning kick-offs is the 3am BST start between San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy at Paypal Park in San Jose. The home side currently prop up the Western Conference in what can only be described as a nightmare season so far but can they lift themselves off the basement of the table with a win over a play-off contending visiting team?

San Jose Earthquakes are fast seeing their 24th season in the MLS turning into one of their worst. Interim head coach Alex Covelo remains in temporary charge with the club in 14th place in the Western Conference and 1 point adrift at the bottom. It's now 4 games without a win for the Goonies have they haven't even managed to score a goal in their last two regular season matches. You have to wonder how the owners' failure to appoint of permanent gaffer is impacting the motivation levels of the players. The curious statistic is that as bad as the Quakes have been this season their home form has been relatively positive with the team only losing 1 league game at home all season and remaining unbeaten in their last 7 home league matches.

LA Galaxy will be looking to consolidate their place in the Western Conference play-offs with a win against their local rivals here in the California Clasico. Head coach Greg Vanney has led his team to 5th in the table and 4 points inside the play-offs. A win here would make it 3 league games unbeaten for the team and move their eyes firmly onto the top spot in the table. This is a venue they won't fear coming to having sealed a convincing 3-1 victory here last season. Away form is resilient for the team with just 1 loss coming from their last 5 away league games. The 88th minute equaliser from Dejan Joveljic in their 1-1 draw at home with Portland Timbers in their last game was proof of the "never-say-die" attitude that encapsulates this Galaxy team.

It may surprise you to read that it's actually San Jose Earthquakes who have enjoyed the lion's share of bragging rights in this derby game down recent years with the team scoring 9 wins from the last 14 meetings. That's not to say that LA Galaxy won't sweep them aside here. Despite a terrible campaign so far, San Jose remain hard to beat in their own backyard and so long as that remains in tact they'll have hope they can climb out of this mess and gatecrash the play-offs. This will be a big test for them but I feel LA Galaxy should have enough to grind out a draw.

Draw @ 3.90 with Betfair

Anytime Scorer: Javier Hernandez @ 2.50 with William Hill

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Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids

OK, so the last game up in the mass of Sunday mornings kick-offs in the MLS is the 3:30am BST start when Portland Timbers welcome Colorado Rapids to Providence Park in Portland. The home team are in a bit of a dour place right now and will be looking to end this winless run against an opposition that have their sights on pushing into the play-off places of the Western Conference.

Portland Timbers have to dig deep to get out of the mess they are in at the moment. Head coach Giovanni Savarese has seen his team go without a win in 4 games now and it's left the team down in 13th place and 4 points off the play-offs. It's perhaps unfair to judge Savarese on this recent run of results given that 3 of those 4 games have been on the road but the fans will no doubt look at the losses to San Jose Earthquakes and Inter Miami CF with great disappointment. Just 2 goals scored in the last 3 regular season games shows the goals have dried up in the attacking final third. It'll be fascinating to see how the Timbers react to conceding that late equaliser against LA Galaxy in their last game. Will it have been a punch in the gut for a team that feel like they can't catch a break right now?

Colorado Rapids are another team that are a shadow of their last season selves. The team were runners up in the Supporters' Shield last season but currently sit in 9th place and 1 point outside the play-offs in the Western Conference. Head coach Robin Fraser will still have faith in his team reaching the top 7 come the business end of the season but results need to improve slightly if that's to happen. Just 1 win from their last 4 league games simply isn't good enough for a team with play-off aspirations and it doesn't bode well that they enter this latest away game having failed to win any of their 9 matches on the road across all competitions this season so far. The fact they have only scored 5 goals in those 9 away games shows that the tactics are potentially too negative but will Fraser mix it up? I'm not sure he will. I think he's still adamant he can smash and grab points on the road if he sticks with this approach.

It doesn't read well for Colorado Rapids fans that their team has only won 1 of their last 11 trips to this venue against Portland Timbers. That single win did come as recently as 2020 but you just feel their awful away form this season makes a win almost impossible. The home side are far from convincing on their own patch with just 1 win from their last 5 home league games but I fancy them to improve that statistic here.

Portland Timbers to Win @ 2.04 with Unibet

BTTS @ 1.75 with SBK

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Los Angeles FC vs New York Red Bulls

Two of the biggest franchise brands in the MLS go head-to-head in an 8pm BST kick-off on Sunday evening when Los Angeles FC play New York Red Bulls at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The home team currently lead the way in the race for the Supporters' Shield at the start of this game weekend but they face a visiting team who are cranking up the pressure right behind them.

Los Angeles FC have been all over the UK media this past couple of days with the franchise securing the transfer of Wales international Gareth Bale. There I was as a naive Cardiff fan thinking the impossible might become possible but alas... reality bit. Anyway, even before the Bale signing, LAFC are proving to be the team to beat in this regular season phase. The team are top of the Western Conference with 30 points from 15 games and suffering just 3 losses in the league thus far. Head coach Steve Cherundolo will be delighted with how the season has gone so far with the team's attacking qualities spearheading their charge towards the MLS Cup Final by scoring an average of 2 goals per game. Cherundolo will enjoy the boost of having star man Carlos Vela back available for selection. It is hoped the Mexican front man could help the team out of this sticky patch they are experiencing that has seen them win just 2 of their last 6 matches with Vela scoring 63 goals in 100 regular season appearances. It is three games unbeaten in the league though so are they coming out of this iffy spell already?

New York Red Bulls are a team that are making themselves heard as potential MLS Cup winners too. The team are sitting in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference table and just 1 point behind conference leaders and local rivals New York City FC. Head coach Gerhard Struber continues to impress with the franchise but they are also faltering recently with just 2 wins from their last 7 league games. However, those 2 wins have come in their last 3 matches so you feel they are starting to pick up a bit now. Struber is expected to stick with the formation that saw his team earn a solid 2-0 win at home to Toronto FC in their last game. I fear that playing three at the back could leave them exposed if LAFC switch to a three pronged attack with the return of Vela. It's three road games without a win for the Red Bulls now including losing their last two. It's a disappointing dip given they won their first five road games of the season.

It has been the home team that has prevailed victorious in both of the previous two meetings between these giants of the MLS. I can see another home win here. Los Angeles FC have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the summit of US football in their short life span and New York Red Bulls have been around long enough to forge their own successful set-up. I wouldn't be surprised if these two end up meeting in the MLS Cup Final later this year but right now I think LAFC have the edge.

Los Angeles FC to Win @ 1.91 with William Hill

Anytime Scorer: Carlos Vela @ 2.20 with Bet365

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Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC

The penultimate game from this weekend of matches in the MLS is heading our way at 10pm BST on Sunday evening when Philadelphia Union take on New York City FC at Subaru Park in Chester in what is set to be a top-end of the table clash. Both teams will feel they can get the win here to boost their Supporters' Shield hopes but you can help but feel neither team would exactly begrudge a draw.

Philadelphia Union are enjoying a positive season so far with the team currently sat in 4th position in the Eastern Conference and only 1 point off the pace of top spot. Head coach Jim Curtin has led his team on an impressive unbeaten run of 8 games in the regular season but the fans will certainly feel it's a case of what could have been with the team drawing 7 of those games. Even turning three of those draws into wins would see the team clear at the summit of the conference table. The team have only conceded 2 goals in the last 4 league games showing how resolute the back-line has become but with 9 goals scored in the last 8 games you would hope their attacking line would be upping the clinical finishing. The Union may well be unbeaten at home this season in the league but it's also 4 draws in their last 4 home encounters so they're struggling to see off visiting teams.

New York City FC come into this game with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference table. The Pigeons could move 4 points clear at the peak with a victory. The fans have seen their team go unbeaten for the last 9 regular season matches including earning 7 victories during that run. It was a 1-1 draw at home to Colorado Rapids last time out which will feel like a missed chance for City. 7 clean sheets in the previous 9 league games is a testament to the resilient defensive line that the team built under former head coach Ronny Deila and it'll be interesting to see if interim head coach Nick Cushing can bring out better performances than the one we saw last time out. I do wonder if Deila's departure will hurt City's aspirations over a longer period of time.

These two played out the Eastern Conference Final last season with New York City FC prevailing as 2-1 winners. The two franchises are in different positions now but you have to feel the departure of Deila has come at a bad time for City with Philadelphia Union still looking dangerous as we enter the midway point of the season. I think the combination of home advantage, stability, and a quest for revenge will be enough to spur the Union on to get the win.

Philadelphia Union Draw No Bet @ 1.97 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.91 with SBK

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England Revolution

The final game in our previews of this mammoth weekend of MLS action is the 1am BST kick-off on Monday morning between Vancouver Whitecaps and New England Revolution at the BC Place in Vancouver. Both teams are locked in their respective conference play-off battles so the difference between a win and a loss here could be the thin line that decides whether they reach the play-offs or not.

Vancouver Whitecaps are putting their poor start to the season firmly behind them with Vanni Sartini's men now having lost just 2 of their last 8 regular season games. This decent run of results had moved the team up to 9th in the Western Conference and just 3 points outside the play-offs. The Whitecaps also come into this game knowing they have turned this stadium into a bit of a fortress this season having won 4, drawn 2, and lost just 1 of their 7 league games played here. The 2-0 win away to high-flying FC Dallas was also a statement of intent in their last league outing. The Blue and White will also be buzzing after reaching the Canadian Championship Final in midweek thanks to a 2-1 win over York United which sets up a grand stage versus Toronto FC next month.

New England Revolution may have won the Supporters' Shield last season but it's not been a walk in the park this time around. Head coach Bruce Arena is continuing to turn the club's fortunes around after a dour start. It's now 8 regular season games unbeaten for the Revs which has seen them move up to 7th place in the Eastern Conference table with a chance to go even higher with a victory here. The team are relying on their attack to score more than their opposition with the team failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 7 league games. The Revs are also unbeaten in their last three road games in the league including winning their last two away matches. Adam Buksa and Matt Turner have now both departed the club so we'll have to wait and see what the long-term affects of their exits will be but the team seems to be coping OK for now.

The home team has prevailed victorious in 5 of the last 9 meetings between Vancouver Whitecaps and New England Revolution. Both teams are in solid form coming into this one but I'd say the away team edge it slightly. Still, they are going through their own period of transition with big name outgoings. The Revs never make it easy and I do think the Whitecaps have shown enough that they can hold their visitors to a draw.

Draw @ 3.70 with Bet365

BTTS @ 1.70 with William Hill

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