MLS Odds & Picks for July 16th Matches

MLS Odds & Picks for July 16th Matches

Written by on July 16, 2020

With the MLS is Back Tournament rolling right along, it’s time to find out where the best soccer betting value lies when Thursday’s trio of intriguing MLS matches takes place throughout the course of the day. Let’s get started in Hot-lanta where the United host visiting FC Cincinnati so you can place your bets against their MLS odds.

MLS is Back Tournament Betting Odds and Predictions – July 16th Games

Atlanta United FC (2-0-1) vs. FC Cincinnati (0-0-3)

While the game was delayed for 45 minutes because of lightning in the area, Atlanta comes into this matchup off a crushing 1-0 loss against New York on Saturday as the Red Bulls’ Florian Valot scored the game’s only goal. Atlanta had a chance to even the match in the 41st minute but George Bello’s shot it the crossbar. New York keeper David Jensen stopped a left-footed drive from Jake Mulraney in stoppage time, then batted down an attempt on Adam Jahn’s header to seal the deal. Atlanta started the season with a pair of wins, but they suffered a huge blow in their opener against expansion Nashville as superstar forward Josef Martinez, the league’s reigning MVP and top scorer in 2018, tore an ACL in the game and won’t return this season.

Cincinnati was on the wrong end of a dismal 4-0 shutout loss against Columbus on Saturday after a weather delay in the previous match between New York and Atlanta pushed the start of the nightcap in Kissimmee, Florida back 50 minutes. Cincinnati allowed Gyasi Zardes to score twice while giving up a goal and two assists to Lucas Zelarayan and another goal and one assist to Youness Mokhtar in the loss.

Prediction

The opener on Thursday looks like easy picking. Despite Atlanta’s narrow loss the last time out, the United are the easy pick to get the win against a Cincinnati team that loks completely out of sorts right now. Keep it simple – Atlanta wins – by two goals.

  • Pick: Atlanta 2 Cincinnati 0

Montreal Impact (1-1-1) vs. Toronto FC (1-2-0)

Montreal was on the wrong end of a narrow 1-0 loss against the New England Revolution in their opening group stage clash on Thursday. Clement Diop finished with three saves for Montreal, but the Impact were outshot, 19-7 while suffering their MLS first loss under the widely-respected  Thierry Henry. Gustavo Bou scored in the 56th minute and Matt Turner had two saves to lead New England to the win. Max Urruti leads Montreal in scoring with three goals while Romell Quioto has one goal. Joel Waterman, Orji Okwonkwo and Saphir Taider each have an assist for the Impact as well this season.

Toronto FC comes into this matchup fresh off a tight, 2-2 draw against DC United on Monday in their twice-postponed Group C match of the MLS is Back Tournament near Orlando. Ayo Akinola gave Toronto the lead with goals in the 12th and 44th minutes, but D.C. was resilient in coming back both times to level the score. Akinola leads TFC in scoring with two goals while Alejandro Pozuelo, Ifunanyachi Achara and Richie Laryea each have one goal. Keeper Quentin Westberg is conceding 0.67 goals per 90 minutes with one clean sheet in three league appearances this season.

Prediction

Toronto has won two straight and three of the last four meetings overall in this rivalry, including a 2-1 win the last time they met back on August 24. Toronto has yet to be beaten this season and I expect them to find a way to eke out the narrow win in this all-Canada matchup, mostly because the gifted  Ayo Akinola is by far, the best player on either roster. This one looks like a one-goal affair just waiting to happen. Toronto wins and the Over cashes in.

  • Pick: Toronto 2 Montreal 1

Columbus Crew (2-1-0) vs. New York Red Bulls (2-1-0)

Columbus completely crushed Cincinnati, 4-0 in their opening group stage clash on Saturday. Gyasi Zardes scored twice, Lucas Zelarayan finished with a goal and two assists and Youness Mokhtar had a goal and an assist in the emphatic win.  Zardes leads the Crew with three goals this season while keeper Eloy Room is conceding just 0.33 goals per 90 minutes with two clean sheets in three league appearances this season.

New York kicked off their tournament opener with a narrow 1-0 win over Atlanta as the Red Bulls’ Florian Valot scored the game’s only goal just four minutes into the match. New York got the win despite allowing 69% possession and 14 attempts on goal from Atlanta. Valot, Cristian Casseres Jr, Kyle Duncan, Daniel Royer and Kaku all have one goal for the Red Bulls while keeper David Jensen is conceding 0.67 goals per 90 minutes with one clean sheet in three league appearances this season.

Prediction

While these two rivals have identical records coming int this affair, for me, Columbus is the more offensively explosive team – and that’s why I like the Crew to eke out the narrow, hard-fought win in this affair. Columbus has won three of the last five meetings in this rivalry including a thrilling 3-2 road win the last time they met back on July 27, 2019 and I’m going to say this matchup ends with an eerily identical score. Columbus can absolutely explode on anyone, but New York is talented and won’t go down easily. Still, I’m expecting this affair to be an all-out thriller that easily top the 2.5 total goals.

  • Pick: Columbus 3 New York 2
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