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- The MLS regular season has reached a critical juncture in the schedule with some teams desperate to earn points.
- With eight matches on the board Saturday night, there are three value plays worth betting.
It’s easy to forget about MLS when the Premier League and other European countries start their seasons, but the betting value is still out there.
Last weekend there were four draws, all with payouts above +290, as well as upset wins by San Jose (+605) at FC Dallas and Sporting KC (+260) at Houston. There were critical late goals scored in half the matches, which caused a ton of betting results to shift.
Saturday’s MLS action is highlighted by LA FC-Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver-Portland. I’ve previewed every match and pinpointed three value plays.
Season Record: 42-44-3, +23.65 units, 27% ROI
(All odds as of Saturday, 11 a.m. ET via Pinnacle. All betting %s via Market Average)
Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew
Moneyline odds: Columbus -192, Houston +558, Draw +332
Total: 3 (o-110)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
The Columbus Crew have the upper hand in this match, playing at home against a Houston Dynamo club who had to play a midweek US Open Cup semifinal match and had already been struggling in league play. To make matters worse for the Dynamo, they’re missing key players due to injury and suspension.
The Crew have won two straight games by 3-2 scorelines and are coming off a bye week, so they should be rested and ready to go.