MLS Best Bets for This Weekend (July 16-July 17)

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Major League Soccer action is on the slate this weekend with a slew of stellar matchups. As ever, we’re back to bring you our weekly preview of some of the best bets for your consideration.

Read on for our quick-fire soccer picks as we preview some of the top games on the MLS betting board, spanning the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

Saturday, July 16, 2022 – 07:30 PM EDT at Subaru Park

How Are the Teams Doing?

Philadelphia Union (9-9-2) is back on top of the Eastern Conference standings after reeling off two straight wins. They crushed D.C. United in a humiliating 7-0 defeat at the weekend. Then, they defeated Inter Miami 2-1 on the away in midweek soccer betting action.

By contrast, New England Revolution (6-7-6) dropped down from 7th to 9th in the standings after coming out on the wrong side of a six-goal thriller at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Revs showcased both their firepower and porous defense in that loss (Revs have a -1 goal differential through 19 games).

Betting Pick and Prediction

These are legitimate playoff contenders, though the hosts strike the more convincing pose right now. Hence, it’s not surprising to see the hosts odds-on to win at Subaru Park as per the top-rated sportsbooks.

Soccer Pick: Philadelphia Union ML (-105) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Chicago Fire FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 08:00 PM EDT at Soldier Field

How Are the Teams Doing?

The Seattle Sounders (8-2-9) are desperate to get back on track after taking back-to-back losses and dropping down to 8th in the Western Conference standings.

The Chicago Fire (5-5-10), meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Toronto FC and moved up from 14th to 12th in the Eastern Conference standings. They’ll be looking to build some kind of momentum as a result.

Betting Pick and Prediction

Very little separates these two sides in terms of recent form; both are 2-0-3 in their last five fixtures. Another similarity this season is that both have flattered to deceive. As such, this is a bit of a toss-up for soccer picks.

Soccer Pick: Under 2.5 (+100) Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 09:00 PM EDT at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

How Are the Teams Doing?

The soccer betting market for this Western Conference showdown stands in stark contrast to the reality on the ground.

The Los Angeles Galaxy (8-3-8) ranks 8th in the standings with 27 points. They’re merely three points adrift of third-placed Nashville SC (8-6-6). Colorado Rapids (5-6-1) are merely one point from last place.

Granted Galaxy is riding a two-game losing streak after an unfortunate 2-2 loss to city rivals Los Angeles FC and a careless 3-2 loss to San Jose Earthquakes a few days later. So, perhaps, bookies may well be reacting to this disappointing drop in form.

Betting Pick and Prediction

On the flip side, this matchup is a great chance for the visitors to bounce back at the expense of a lesser opponent. Surely, they won’t let it slip through their fingers.

Soccer Pick: Los Angeles Galaxy ML (+301) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 05:00 PM EDT at Red Bull Arena

How Are the Teams Doing?

The New York Red Bulls (9-6-5) and New York City (10-5-4) are neck-and-neck in the Eastern Conference standings, two points apart in 3rd and 2nd place, respectively.

Recent form is very good too in both camps. The Red Bulls are undefeated in their last three while New York City is undefeated in four straight games.

All things being considered, this should be a tough contest between two sides that have a legitimate stake in the race to first place in the East. Thus, not surprisingly, both sides are in plus money in straight-up soccer betting markets.

Betting Pick and Prediction

The market implication is clear: it’s anybody’s game to win. Having said that it’s not often a team of New York City’s quality is trading between +215 and +220 to win outright and that might be too tempting to ignore.

Soccer Pick: New York City ML (+216) at Heritage Sports

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