Following Wednesday’s All-Star Game between the MLS All-Stars and the Liga MX All-Stars, the second half of the MLS season gets underway this weekend with a compelling three days of action. Let’s take a quick peek at some of the best games on the MLS schedule this weekend so you get all set to bet against the MLS odds.
Top MLS Games to Watch and Wager On the Weekend (August 27th – 29th)
Toronto FC (+275) vs CF Montreal (-114)
Despite Toronto being last in the Eastern Conference standings, the 401 Derby will still be a fascinating rivalry matchup to kick off the weekend on Friday night. Toronto is winless in six straight matches but has too much talent to be as bad as they’ve been. It’s not as if Montreal has been lighting it up either, winning just once in eight matches, making both teams desperate to walk away with three points.
Nashville SC (+225) vs Atlanta United (+115)
Southern rivals will collide on Saturday afternoon with Nashville facing Atlanta in what should be a tight game. Atlanta’s Moneyline is set at +113 while Nashville has a Moneyline of +225. Nashville is pushing toward a playoff spot this year, although they’ve settled for a draw and just one win over their last five matches. Plus, while Atlanta is just five points back, they’ve also won four in a row heading into the all-star break and will be hoping to keep it going in this budding rivalry.
Los Angeles Galaxy (+380) vs Los Angeles FC (-169)
Even with lopsided betting odds, El Trafico is a key highlight of this week’s MLS schedule. LAFC is a heavy favorite at -172 because of the team’s talent, although Bob Bradley’s squad has lost four in a row and is winless in its last seven league matches.
Needless to say, that’s a big concern heading into a fierce rivalry game. Keep in mind that the Galaxy is fourth in the Western Conference and within striking distance of second-place despite winning just one of four matches before the break.
FC Dallas (+225) vs Austin FC (+113)
Both teams may be at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, but emotions are bound to be high in this matchup of two Texas rivals. Dallas knocked off Austin 2-0 earlier this month, but now Austin will get a chance to return the favor on their home field.
In fact, Austin is a slight favorite at +113 while Dallas has a Moneyline of +225. It’s been a rough first inaugural season for Josh Wolff’s team. But Austin did beat in-state rival Houston earlier this month and is coming off a 3-1 win over Portland. That should fill them with confidence against a Dallas team that’s winless in three straight matches.
Portland Timbers (+390) vs Seattle Sounders (-166)
The weekend concludes on Sunday night with another rivalry game. The Sounders head into the Cascadia Cup as sizable favorites with a -166 Moneyline whereas Portland has a +390 Moneyline. Seattle isn’t quite running away with the Western Conference, but they are comfortably in the first place.
The Sounders also dominated Portland in a 6-2 earlier this month amidst their current run of four straight wins across all competitions. The task on Sunday will be monumental for the Timbers, who are currently outside of a playoff spot and are coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to Austin in their last match.