Ace Football presents detailed betting tips on the upcoming MLS games of the weekend.
As we prepare for another matchday of the Major League Soccer campaign, our experts take a look at the bookmakers’ predictions for the upcoming games.
Let’s check out three betting tips for Matchday 20 of MLS.
Don’t expect goals when Chicago host Philadelphia
Chicago Fire continued their disappointing campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Houston Dynamo last weekend.
Next up, the bottom-of-the-table side must host Philadelphia, who come into the game after a 2-1 win over New York City.
The guests have shown remarkable consistency in their goalscoring stats lately. However, they haven’t scored more than twice in a game since October 2021.
With Chicago having continued their attacking struggles, we don’t expect to see many goals on Thursday.
Back Portland to beat Houston Dynamo
Portland claimed their first victory in five matches when they beat Colorado last Sunday.
This week, they must face Houston Dynamo, who also come into the game on the back of a win. They defeated Chicago 2-0, ending a three-match winless run.
We expect Portland to push for a victory on Thursday while Houston will most likely try to escape with a draw.
Portland’s brilliant attacking stats in recent weeks suggest they can outscore their opponents in the upcoming game.
On the other hand, Huston’s defensive numbers before the Chicago game convinces us that they will struggle to hold the hosts at bay.
Don’t expect goals when Toronto take on Columbus
Toronto claimed an impressive victory by beating Atalanta United 2-1 last week. It came after they defeated Montreal in the Canadian championship’s semi-finals.
On Thursday, they must lock horns with Columbus, who are hoping to leapfrog them from the 11th spot on the table.
We expect both sides to take a conservative approach to the game. Toronto will most likely have the upper hand, given their brilliant form in recent weeks.
However, Columbus’ defensive consistency in recent weeks will most likely help them repel the hosts’ attacks. The Crew haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last three games, and we don’t expect them to do so this Thursday.