MLS Is Back Odds & Picks: How to Bet DC United vs. New England Revolution
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- In what recent history suggests should be a pretty even match, DC United will take on the New England Revolution in Group C action at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
- DC United should be highly motivated in this one, as they'll likely need all three points if they want to make it to the knockout stage.
- Where's the value in this Friday night matchup? I break it down below and give my favorite bet.
DC United vs. New England Revolution Odds, Pick
|DC United odds||+225 [BET NOW]|
|New England odds||+108 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+265 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||3.5 (+138/-180) [BET NOW]|
|Time||Friday 8 p.m. ET|
Another Eastern Conference showdown takes place Friday at the MLS Is Back tournament, with D.C. United taking on New England in Group C action.
Both clubs picked up positive results in their respective opening group-stage fixtures for very different reasons.
New England captured a 1-0 win against Montreal to kick off its schedule and would advance to the knockout stage of the competition with a victory here. Standout Gustavo Bou scored the lone goal of the match and goalkeeper Matt Turned played exceptionally well in securing the shutout win for the Revolution.
Manager Bruce Arena had to be impressed with New England’s effort. Outside of a brilliant late save from Turner, the club really didn’t feel much heat in its defensive third from Montreal and kept its Canadian foe in check throughout the contest.
On the other side, D.C. United earned what probably felt like a victory in a 2-2 draw against conference powerhouse Toronto FC in its first match of the tournament. Manager Ben Olsen and his squad trailed 2-0 in the first half and lost Junior Moreno late in the opening stanza after he was given a red card.
However, despite being down a man the entire second half, D.C. United came storming back and scored two unanswered goals late in the contest to salvage the shocking tie to snag the coveted point.
Recent history points to this being a pretty even match. The clubs drew in their regular-season tilts during last year’s MLS campaign, with the sides first playing to a 1-1 tie at Gillette Stadium and a 2-2 draw later in the campaign.
Bottom line, D.C. United really needs to snare all three points here if it’s going to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage, so you have to believe it’s going to be aggressive out of the gate. As for New England, anything but a loss would put it in prime position to advance down in Orlando.
After digging into this match and reflecting on how both played in their openers, I am fully expecting another night of excitement at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I really don’t see this game being as electric as the San Jose-Vancouver and Montreal-Toronto FC matches, which both ended in 4-3 results, but things could really open up with that early goal and I forecast that happening in this contest.
I am backing the total going over the number and sticking with the trend that has seen 10 of the last 12 matches at this tournament finishing with more than 2.5 goals. These clubs are more than capable of getting things going and neither side (especially D.C. United) can really afford to sit back and let the match come to it.
I would also think about playing both teams to score as well as long as the number sits at the current price. Anything higher than what’s listed at respective books and I would look to make that wager via a live play.