MLS Odds & Picks: Red Bulls vs. Cincinnati, Colorado vs. Minnesota
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- Jeremy Pond previews Wednesday's MLS Is Back matches.
- Find betting odds and picks for Red Bulls vs. Cincinnati and Colorado vs. Minnesota.
- Among Pond's favorite bets for the night? Under 3 goals in both matches.
Red Bulls vs. Cincinnati
|Red Bulls odds||+102 [BET NOW]|
|Cincinnati odds||+275 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+230 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||2.5 (-141/+110) [BET NOW]|
|Time||Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET|
|Our Bet||Red Bulls (+102) [BET NOW]|
More excitement is on the way Tuesday at the MLS is Back tournament, with two marquee matches on the evening schedule in Orlando.
The New York Red Bulls face FC Cincinnati under the lights in the opener, with second place in Group E on the line. A draw would send both clubs into the knockout stage of the competition, so there is everything to play for in this showdown.
New York started the tournament strong, capturing a 1-0 shutout win against Atlanta United, before suffering a 2-0 loss against group winner Columbus.
On the other side, FC Cincinnati has put itself in prime position to advance after its shocking 1-0 victory against Atlanta in its most recent contest. That effort was quite the reversal of form, considering the Orange and Blue struggled in its first game of the tournament and dropped a 4-0 decision against Columbus on debut.
This is a match where experience is going to weigh heavily on the outcome and that has led me to back RBNY to pick up the win and all three points.
Also, the Red Bulls have owned the series, boasting a 4-0 record against one of the league’s newest clubs. New York holds a 9-4 edge in goals during those meetings and I think that domination will continue at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
This should be a low-scoring affair, so I am going to play the total staying under the number as well. Both sides will likely come out with conservative approaches, leading to a chess match of sorts on the pitch.
The Bets: New York Red Bulls (+102); Under 3 Goals (-145)
Colorado vs. Minnesota United
|Colorado odds||+210 [BET NOW]|
|Minnesota odds||+108 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+285 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||2.5 (-167/+128) [BET NOW]|
|Time||Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET|
|Our Bet||Under 3 (-135) [BET NOW]|
Surprising Minnesota carries an unbeaten record into its final Group D fixture against winless Colorado.
The Loons have been stellar thus far, earning a 2-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City in their opener before settling for a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake.
In contrast, the Rapids are hoping to exit the tournament on a positive note after two disappointing losses in group action.
Minnesota has everything to play for in this contest, with first place in the group on the line. Manager Adrian Heath has his club in fine form and I expect another solid outing from the Western Conference franchise against a Colorado team still searching for an identity.
With that in mind, I am backing Minnesota on the spread line and playing the total staying under the number. Four of the last five meetings between these sides have finished with two goals or less, including three matches that ended with 1-0 results. Play both picks with confidence.
The Bets: Under 3 Goals (-135); Minnesota, Draw No Bet (-175)