MLS Best Bets for This Weekend (June 18-June 19)

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The Major League Soccer is back in full this weekend! Bringing a jam-packed schedule to the forefront of soccer betting markets after an extended international break that promises some riveting MLS action across both the Eastern and Western Conferences. 

Our MLS predictions include betting odds from a number of top-rated online sportsbooks. For a complete view of all the soccer odds trading, check out the soccer odds board

Below we look at a few of these betting options as we preview some of the top matchups and serve up betting tips. So let’s get started.

Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Lumen Field

Seattle Sounders 

The resurgent Seattle Sounders are coming off a 4-0 drumming of the Vancouver Whitecaps in midweek MLS action. Raul Ruidiaz scored twice while Alex Roldan and Nicolas Lodeiro added a goal a piece to help lift their side to victory at Lumen Field on Wednesday. 

The Sounders (6-6-1) picked up three crucial points to climb into seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 19 points. It marked their second straight home win after beating Charlotte 2-1 on May 30. In their last five fixtures, the Sounders have picked up four wins and one loss.  

Los Angeles FC 

The Los Angeles Football Club are riding high in the Western Conference standings, currently in first place behind a 9-2-3 mark and 29 points. They’re four points ahead of Dallas FC and Real Salt Lake.  

LAFC will be playing their first game since last month when they beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 on May 28. Forming in the lead-up to that win though was a bit of a worry for the conference leaders – they lost three of their last five fixtures across all competitions, including a 2-1 loss to city rivals LA Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup

Seattle vs. LAFC Prediction and Picks

Although there is a gap in the standings between this pair, the bookmakers tip the balance towards the Sounders as they place host to LAFC. The Sounders are favored to win with the MLS odds of +125 currently trading with some of BMR's top-rated sportsbooks and betting sites.

This market makes sense given Seattle is playing at home and LAFC is playing its first game in over two weeks.  

Soccer Pick: Seattle Sounders ML (+125) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review

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New York FC vs. Colorado Rapids

 Sunday, June 19, 2022- 05:00 PM EDT at Yankee Stadium

New York FC  

NYFC are riding in first place in the Eastern Conference with an 8-2-3 record and 26 points. However, they only have a point advantage over the second-placed Philadelphia Union and a three-point advantage over Montreal.  

According to the weekly MLS power rankings, NYFC is the top team in the league and the one to beat. The New Yorkers are undefeated in their last eleven games across all competitions. This includes an eight-game unbeaten run in MLS.  

Seven of these eight MLS fixtures featured clean sheets. The only time NYFC conceded any goals was to Toronto in a 9-goal thriller on April 24. NYFC clinched the narrow 5-4 win at Yankee Stadium after a nervy last few minutes in which they conceded two late goals.  

Since then, they’ve reeled off six clean sheets. They’ve scored 25 goals and conceded 10 through 13 games played. Valentín Castellanos (also known as Taty Castellanos) leads the team with seven goals. 

Colorado Rapids 

The Colorado Rapids rank tenth in the Western Conference standings with a 5-3-6 mark and 18 points through 14 games. They’re merely a point behind the Seattle Sounders and a spot in the conference’s coveted top seven spots.  

The Rapids have had a topsy turvy run so far, oscillating between wins and losses from week to week and depending on whether they were playing at home or on the road.  

The losses came on the road while at home the Rapids were astonishingly good. In fact, Colorado boasted a 23-game unbeaten run at home until two weeks ago when they suffered their first loss on home turf. Nashville FC dealt Colorado a 3-1 loss on May 29.  

One of the areas of great concern is the lack of scoring. In 14 games, the Rapids have scored merely 16 goals while conceding 17 goals. 

NYFC vs. Colorado Prediction and Picks

On paper, this is a total mismatch between two teams that are enjoying contrasting fortunes in the league. NYFC is far superior to Colorado.

Add to that home advantage and it’s no surprise to find them tipped as the runaway betting favorites. The best moneyline odds are available with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review) where NYFC is priced at -169 for the win.  

Backing NYFC to continue its unbeaten run at the expense of Colorado is a sound play. However, the value for soccer picks is on the handicap. NYFC should easily cover the one-point spread on offer. 

Soccer Pick: NYFC -1 (-115) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review

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