MLS Betting Preview: Can D.C. United Secure a Playoff Spot?


Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney

Oct 13, 2018, 08:07 PM EDT
  • The MLS season is down to a crucial final few weeks, highlighted by Saturday's matchup between D.C. United and FC Dallas (4:55 p.m. Univision).
  • After analyzing the current betting market for the four matches this weekend, I've picked out three value plays to make (+34.92 units this season).

The 2018 MLS regular season is down to the final few final weeks, and a number of clubs are still vying for playoff berths.

The marquee matchup of the weekend is D.C. United hosting FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon at Audi Field. Wayne Rooney and company can move into a playoff position with a victory, while FC Dallas can solidify the top spot in the West with a win.

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After analyzing the betting market for the four matchups this weekend, I’ve picked out three value plays to make.

MLS Season Record: 50-50-3, +34.92 units, 35% ROI

Houston Dynamo at LAFC (Friday, 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+)

Houston odds: +780
LAFC odds: -330
Draw odds: +500
Over/Under: 3.5 (u-120)

The Dynamo were thrashed at Seattle on Monday night, 4-1, and now have to take on another club jockeying for a favorable playoff position.

LAFC are gaining momentum toward the end of the season and have picked up 17 points in eight games to move into second in the Western Conference. Bettors feel really good about another three points Friday night.

The market opened LAFC at -165/-170 last week, but those odds have skyrocketed in the last few days. The moneyline is up to -320/-330, a clear signal of sharp money continuing to hit the home side.

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